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Head of Operational Procurement & Supply Chain


Job description

Draken Europe offers exciting careers that matter.

We believe that mission success does not start with the mission itself. It begins with our people.

The Role

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Operational Procurement & Supply Chain. This person will be

responsible for the professional leadership and management of the Draken Europe Operational Procurement & Supply Chain function (OP&SC), ensuring compliance with all applicable Aviation / Trade Control Regulatory Requirements and International Standards.

Key Responsibilities

Functional Leadership

• Functional responsibility for the OP&SC Team, providing subject matter expertise, leadership, governance and compliance.

• A key part of the role will be to drive change and improvements in the operation to meet the increased demands and complexity of the Business due to continuous growth.

• Ensure the OP&SC function is fully integrated into the Business Project Teams to develop and support delivery solutions for turnkey operations.

Regulatory Responsibility & Ownership

• Applicable Aviation Regulation Regulators, but not limited to:




o Other, as applicable

• Ensuring that the OP&SC Department always complies with all applicable Aviation Regulations, Trade Controls and Ethical Standards.

• Ensuring that the OP&SC Department only performs activities within the boundaries of the privileges/scope of the Company Approvals and Certifications held, and as identified in the respective Company Expositions and Procedures.

• Ownership and management of the OP&SC Department Processes and Procedures, including any other relevant documentation.

• Ensuring the effective and efficient (Cost, Quality, Compliant & On-time) procurement and management of:

o Aircraft Rotable parts and components

o Aircraft Standard parts

o Aircraft and Non-Aircraft Consumable material

o Aircraft and Non-Aircraft Raw material

o Non-Stock items and materials

o Indirect items and materials

o Bonded Stores

o Logistics & Freight

• Represent the OP&SC Department management structure and be responsible for all relevant OP&SC activities specified in all applicable Aviation Regulations, Trade Controls and Company Procedures.

• Ensure that all facilities used for the performance of all OP&SC activities complies with the requirements of all applicable Aviation Regulations, Trade Controls, International Standards and Company Procedures.

• Ensure that the OP&SC Department maintains sufficient competent staff to plan, perform, supervise, deliver and quality monitor the scope of the activities performed.

Business Management

• Operational & Financial Performance – Driving the efficient, effective, and on-budget delivery of all OP&SC activities and responsibilities, delivering/achieving/exceeding contractual KPI’s.

• Efficient and effective Internal & External Customer management and engagement.

• Contract & Commercial Bid Activity – Providing support and expertise during contract and commercial bid activity.

• Change Management – Driving and supporting efficient, effective, ethical, and sustainable change management programs.

Experience / skills / qualifications

• Expert knowledge of Procurement & Supply Chain Management principles – Extensive proven experience in a similar role – Required – Preference given to experience gained within an Aerospace and Defence environment

• Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline – Required

• Hold or be studying towards MCIPS or equivalent accreditation – Advantageous

• Experience of leading negotiations with an advanced understanding of contractual / commercial principles – Advantageous

• Demonstrable experience of developing key supplier relationships and engagement strategies – Required

• Six-Sigma or Lean Practitioner – Advantageous

• Theoretical and practical application-level knowledge of Trade Control Regulations and Ethical Standards – Required

• Theoretical and practical application-level knowledge of UK CAA, EASA and/or Military Aviation Regulations – Required

• Practical application-level knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 45001 & ISO 14001– Advantageous

• Practical application-level knowledge of Safety Management System principles and requirements – Advantageous

• Demonstrable people and cultural change management experience – Advantageous

• Able to hold an SC-Level security clearance – Required

Our employee values

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.

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.

Job type
Supply Chain