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Procurement Manager - Mechanical and Structural (Grids & Totes)

Hatfield, UK

Procurement Manager   - Mechanical and Structural (Grids & Totes) | Hatfield | Hybrid 

 

About Us

Our teams are putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We provide services to partner clients globally via our innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform ("OSP"), this drives our highly automated, multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs). In our CFCs - together with the proprietary software applications - we operate a world-class online grocery business that automates the single pick of products, ready for your online delivery.

About the role 

The Procurement Manager is responsible for the procurement of Grids and Totes suppliers for Ocado’s global projects, to achieve business goals and objectives, whilst building relationships with suppliers to ensure long term cost efficiency and delivery.

What you will be doing

Procurement Skills

  • Create an approach to suppliers globally for regional projects, ultimately category strategy creation and review
  • Sourcing, tendering, negotiating and contracting with suppliers
  • Target setting, value measurement and reporting
  • Research new suppliers, develop, coordinate and manage key suppliers
  • Implement specification changes into the suppliers and overall supply chain, including sourcing, negotiating and contracting
  • Understands the contractor and supplier market, and able to provide information and recommendations based on this
  • Report relevant supplier KPIs and drive performance
  • Drive best practice in Procurement and Supply Chain, and deliver continuous improvement

SRM

  • Lead supplier relationship management activities with key suppliers
  • Drive change and continuous improvement

Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Lead cross-functional, multi-site procurement activities teams and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders across Programme Management, Legal, engineering, product development, to ensure product specifications and changes are managed effectively from concept to supply
  • Provide commercial data to internal project teams for business cases, territory research etc.
  • Communicate effectively and develop strong relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels and promote the profile of the procurement function 

Technical 

  • Assess impact of proposed engineering changes with suppliers

Project Management 

  • Support the successful delivery to schedule whilst achieving budget and meeting specified Quality, HSE and local regulatory standards
  • Support the coordination of project scheduling requirements and the creation of bid lists with business stakeholders and suppliers
  • Risk identification and mitigation, anticipating project challenges
  • Take ownership of supply/contractor issues, resolving them in line with business need
  • Recommend and implement process improvements to improve Supply Chain robustness
  • Actively communicate with project stakeholders to ensure alignment of projects and expectations

We’d love to talk to you if you have...

  • Proven track record in Procurement of engineering components and sub-assemblies and effective supplier management
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing processes is a plus.
  • Experience working in or with global project teams and engineering development teams
  • Supplier negotiation and development skills
  • Although a hybrid role, minimum twice weekly visits to the Hatfield office and travel to supplier sites both in the UK and abroad is expected
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • High level of computer literacy with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and ERP software

Bonus points if you also have…

  • Qualification at higher national or degree level preferred in mechanical or production engineering.
  • CIPS or equivalent qualification
  • Experience of construction/installation in a manufacturing and/or engineering environment
  • International sourcing experience and legal contract experience
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering procurement strategies

What we offer you...

Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately. Currently, we offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and;

  • A Work from Home policy that sees you in the office typically 40% of your time (depending on project requirements)
  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere’ policy 
  • Wellbeing support through Apps and an Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)
  • Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
  • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices
  • Opportunity to participate in Share save and Buy as You Earn share schemes
  • 15% discount on Ocado.com and free delivery for all employees
  • Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary)

 

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs not to mention the Ocado Technology Academy for a packed schedule of courses, conferences and events. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below.

 

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment. 

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.

 

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Whilst we are able to offer visa sponsorship, please note that we are only able to cover costs relating to the Certificate of Sponsorship and the Immigration Skills Charge only. For all employment offers made for UK roles, it is expected that you will be based in the UK in commutable distance, ready for your first day of work, so please keep this in mind. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

Due to the energising nature of Ocado's business, vacancy close dates, when stated, are indicative and may be subject to change so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have applied and been rejected for this role in the last 6 months, or applied and been rejected for a role with a similar skill set, we will not re-evaluate you for this position. After 6 months, we will treat your application as a new one. All benefits information is subject to change and the terms of the individual arrangements. Please assume you have been unsuccessful if you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks.

 

About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

 

 

 

About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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