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Purchasing Manager Projects


Job description

Draken Europe are recruiting Procurement Managers for various Projects to plan and implement a procurement strategy for a number of key existing and new business programs with the UK MoD and other export customers. The programmes are focused on capability insertion, new supply chains, new operating bases, new sources for spares (propulsion, avionic and mechanical) as well as procuring services and support (eg. outsourced maintenance, new product introduction/development).

The Procurement Manager will work as a strategic Procurement business partner for Draken Europe. The position reports directly into the Senior Procurement Manager Projects and indirectly into Program Directors.

The position is based at our Bournemouth International Airport site and requires travel to our other facilities, key suppliers in the UK and overseas.

As a Procurement Manager your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Background working as a Procurement Manager managing strategic suppliers.
  • Experience of procuring service contracts for maintenance and new product development would be highly desirable.
  • Experience working on complex support programmes in an Engineering organisation (Aerospace is highly desirable). An advanced knowledge of procurement and contract management principles
  • An understanding of key contractual principles (e.g. contract formation, indemnities, consequential loss) Expertise in various contract types (Cost-type, Firm / Fixed Price, Fixed Price Incentive Fee, Fixed Price Level of Effort, Time and Material) Experience in supporting a Bid Team to negotiate and secure sub-contracts on complex support service programmes
  • Experience with project management principles and working as part of a project team Strong business acumen with the ability to clearly recognise risk elements in business transactions and develop strategies for mitigating risk
  • As a Procurement Manager your main responsibilities will involve:
  • Managing strategic suppliers and strategic relationships Identify and manage risks associated with key and major subcontracts Developing and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders across Draken Europe UK and key suppliers
  • Preparing tender packs, evaluating tender proposals, negotiating contract terms and conditions. Negotiating proposals, contract modifications and agreements as required
  • Assessing the Make vs Buy and provide pay back justifications Drafting and negotiating agreements with suppliers whilst applying sound commercial judgement and ensuring compliance with Draken Europe policies; insurance requirements; confidentiality requirements; and ‘flow down’ requirements from customer contracts
  • Supporting Draken Europe bid teams to source, manage and secure sub-contracts that meet customer needs and differentiates Draken Europe from its competitors Drive improved profitability and bid cost reduction through re-use, best practice processes and knowledge sharing.
  • Manage and control all subcontract documentation, data, files and reports in a timely and accurate manner Supporting internal Phase Reviews/Approvals ensuring that all required approvals are obtained prior to executing a subcontract
  • Ensuring integrity of commercial in confidence, security classified and export control of information
  • Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members to take positive action and accountability.
  • Qualifications:
  • Relevant Degree
  • CIPS (Highly Desirable)

Draken Europe

Draken combines advanced technology with a diverse range of aircraft platforms and highly skilled people to deliver mission-critical global aviation solutions for government customers worldwide.

Our end-to-end capabilities include customised Operational Readiness Training, Aircraft MRO & Engineering, Specialised Helicopter Training as well as Search & Rescue and Surveillance services.

Our differences make us stronger. For example, we need people from both commercial and military backgrounds to keep our services reliable yet challenging. In the same way we need people of different ethnicity, backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious and non-religious beliefs. For no other reason than it makes our organization perform better.

It’s this diversity of perspective and talent that delivers our values and enables our success, as a diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.

We believe that diversity is bringing your own unique perspective to the conversations, inclusion is having a voice and engagement is having that voice heard.

Intolerance, which we condemn in any form, has no place in our Company, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we treat each other fairly and with respect.

We want a culture where everyone who joins feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow, and operate in an environment where they can be authentic.

We are also an Armed Forces friendly organisation, and as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, welcome applications from veterans and services spouses and partners who met the criteria in our job specifications.

In line with our Disability Confident Commitments, we provide reasonable adjustments to facilitate our interview process, please liaise with us if any reasonable adjustments are required.

Draken Europe employees must hold or be able to hold a minimum award of SC (Security Cleared), granted by the UK Security Vetting agency. Draken Europe will sponsor and guide employees through the vetting process with our internal security vetting experts.

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