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Job #: R-00078153
Location: Bedfordshire, GB
Category: Procurement
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance Required: None


Job Description:

Responsible for search and qualification new suppliers in line with quality expectations and budgetary requirements of the General Automation BU. Additionally, management initial orders with new suppliers and handover to purchasing team.

To investigate and propose new make/buy opportunities, including creation detailed and compelling business case. Delivery of route-to-market and supplier strategies, to enhance profitability, supply chain reliability and performance. Support to project teams, engaging with current and new suppliers and ensuring the procurement of high risk/value components.


  • Develop and implement regional supplier strategy for mechanical sub- and final assemblies, delivering preferred suppliers list, risk & opportunities associated with suppliers and risk mitigation actions

  • Create and manage database of sub-contractors to be used in worldwide mechanical and electrical projects, including labour rates comparison with respective country average rate

  • Research and introduce suppliers with new technologies and processes, adding value to the GA Business Unit Supply Chain

  • Develop supplier performance review process, including audit and qualification process

  • Propose and execute cost saving projects



  • Search, introduction and qualification new suppliers

  • Create supplier introduction process, including proposal supplier audit process

  • Supplier risk analysis and mitigation actions

  • Define commodity categories required by BU

  • Manage orders for company’s strategic projects

  • From project start until handover to purchasing team

Time Management

  • Support to project teams in line with project requirements as defined by scope and requested by the Project Manager

  • Ensure all issues are satisfactorily closed out in a timely manner


  • Effectively communicate with project teams and other Supply Chain team members

  • Report supplier risks and opportunities to purchasing and project teams

  • Interface between company and new suppliers

  • Facilitate and lead manage strategic communication with suppliers

Team Working

  • Conduct regular specification reviews with project/engineering teams and suppliers to each project and monitor defined objectives

Cross Functional Working

  • Continually build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to support the successful completion of projects

  • Work with other team members to promote a positive & professional approach and drive best practice

Health & Safety

  • Always follow and promote Group and Company policies and procedures  

  • Ensure all Company equipment and personal PPE properly used


  • Fully Understand and always adhere to the Company’s Equality Policy at all times

Company Values

  • All employees must conduct themselves in accordance with our Corporate Company Values and Business Ethics at all times

Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Motivated, positive and enthusiastic

  • Ability to reflect and adjust based on sound judgement of the given situation

  • Able to build trusting partnerships across the organisation to work towards enterprise goals

  • Ability to plan effectively and think ahead


  • Proven experience of procurement and strategic sourcing, in a similar working environment

  • Experience with the project procurement for industrial automation, especially projects related to automotive sector

  • Previous experience and basic technical knowledge in all or some of the following areas:  

    • Automation

    • Automotive manufacturing

    • Mechanical/material handling

    • Conveyor systems

    • Pneumatics

    • Hydraulics

    • Robotics

    • Control systems

    • Electrical power systems


  • CIPS qualification

  • MCIPS qualification

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