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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.


  • Relevant Degree
  • CIPS (Highly Desirable)

Draken is committed to eliminating unlawful and unfair discrimination and we celebrate the differences that a diverse workforce brings. A range of perspective and talent supports our values and drives our success, with a mix of voices generating better discussions, business decisions and outcomes for all.

To us, diversity means bringing your own perspective to the conversation; inclusion means having a voice - and equality means that your voice is heard.

At all our sites internationally, every member of the Draken Europe team is accountable to ensure that we are all treated fairly and with respect.

Intolerance has no place in our Company. We condemn it outright. Instead, we strive to create a culture where each person who joins our team feels they have the opportunity to succeed, to grow, and to work within an environment where they can be themselves.

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