Procurement Specialist

Ref: ZR_7024_JOB  ·  Posted on 01 June 2022


This role will be a 12-month FTC with plenty of opportunities for remote working. My client is based in Hampshire so some travel to their site will be required.

My client is a leading prime contractor within the defence industry, and they are currently managing and bidding for a wide portfolio of high-profile technology programmes. They are frontrunners for providing systems engineering, software development and complex programme management for global security, cyber, civil, and commercial markets. They are looking to grow on their advanced platforms, weapons and C4ISR capabilities that supply directly into the UK MOD and Military.

They are looking for a Procurement Specialist to join their Global Supply Chain team that provide support to various stakeholders across the UK and EMEA regions. The Supply Chain team will be responsible for supporting major contracts across multiple functions and coordinating procurement activities across the UK and international supply chain.

You will report directly into the Procurement & Contracts Manager, and you will be authorised to negotiate and make binding decisions on behalf of the company, subject to appropriate approvals. You will also serve as a primary interface with internal customers and external suppliers, having the responsibilities of developing and implementing procurement strategies in conjunction with the various stakeholder teams to satisfy programme objectives; assist in negotiating non-standard terms and agreements as required to meet set objectives. Other tasks will include completing contracts, reviewing supplier proposals, negotiating prices, sourcing and recommending suppliers, analysing trends, following up orders placed and expediting where required, verifying delivery, approving payment, and preparing request for proposals (RFP) and bid packages.

Key responsibilities

Undertake Source Selection:

  • Identifying and undertaking due diligence on potential suppliers
  • Gather requirements, issue and analyse Request for Quotes (RFQ's)
  • Vetting of responses
  • Assist with or make sourcing recommendations as appropriate and identify risks
  • Finalise and place Purchase Orders in accordance with the Acquisition Procedures and systems.

Conduct negotiations:

  • Participate and lead as appropriate planning and approval process for negotiation
  • Prepare and complete negotiations within approved limits and in a timely manner
  • Participate and lead as appropriate fact finding, negotiation and follow up activity
  • Negotiate non standard agreements with support as appropriate

Other responsibilities:

  • Provide support and assistance to lead as appropriate
  • Will assume additional responsibility as directed
  • Assist with information gathering and collation for new system implementation and existing system enhancements


Skills & experience
  • Strong in working with procurement policies and procedures
  • Flexible approach and self-motivated in achieving personal targets/objectives, with the ability to perform with professionalism at all times
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and schedule work to achieve multiple, often conflicting, deadlines
  • Develop strong positive relationships with internal stakeholders and external suppliers.
  • Proven communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Ability to take ownership of procurement initiatives
  • Draft and negotiate standard/template procurement terms and confidentiality agreements
  • Ability to work quickly and competently within tight deadlines

The client would also like to see some of the below, but this is not essential:

  • Strong administrative skills
  • Data literate with strong analytical skills
  • Experience in IT/computing procurement/Telecoms
  • Category Management Skills
  • Experience in in-direct procurement
Additional benefits
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Paid time off for jury duty and military obligations
  • Sick and bereavement leave
  • Tobacco cessation support
  • Free, on-site flu shots
  • Free, confidential, on-site biometric health screenings

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Please note that the client has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and therefore this contract will be run through an Umbrella Company. Income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

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