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Procurement Manager

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Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used and is at the forefront of the emerging new space industry. Our mission is to make space accessible to anyone, to help solve the world's biggest challenges. We do this by providing simple and affordable space missions, using nanosatellite technology, providing end to end space missions for customers around the world (private and institutional). We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the European Space Agency (ESA), but also with small and innovative high-tech companies, together developing the space technology and applications of the future.

Based at one of the world’s leading space campuses in Harwell, Oxfordshire, we are a young and ambitious team with the drive to define a greater future for this planet and the people living on it; therefore, when our minds come together to fulfil our mission to democratise the space we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position
You will become part of the procurement team, which is responsible for procuring goods and services to Open Cosmos enabling operations across the entire company. You will be responsible for sourcing, executing and managing contracts for a variety of products and / or services that range in value and complexity. On the services, this could cover (but not limited to) the following commodities: Launch services, Ground Segment services or Insurance. On the products side, this could cover (but not limited to) different kind of subsystems such Propulsion, Harnesses or Payload but also direct materials such mechanical and PCB parts.

Tasks and responsibilities
Issue Requests for Proposals/Quotes, performing proposal fact-finding and Price and Cost Analysis, developing negotiation strategies utilizing supplier cost & pricing data, contract terms and conditions and preparing contractual documents and binding agreements. This includes (but not limited to):

Keeping Purchasing data up to date in the information systems and guarantees their integrity

Ensuring that Suppliers deliver on their contract commitments and tracks their performance

Providing the information needed for Acquisition forecasts and related requirements, in order to improve the strategy and to ensure better globalization

Handling disputes with Suppliers

Creating Purchasing orders in the information system, in line with the terms/contracts negotiated

Tracking delivery with suppliers (reminders, disputes, receipt tracking, invoicing), identifies risks of non-fulfilment and alerts stakeholders

Summing up the information needed to assess suppliers’ operational performance

Driving for cultivating and maintaining the supplier relationship.

Contribute to the development and the implementation of the overall procurement processes

Take proactive actions to improve and increase efficiency of Supply Chain at Open Cosmos

Skills, attitude and experience
Experience in a procurement role preferably within the space sector. However, we could be open on profiles that has electronic procurement experiences in non space sector but also on profiles with sales or project management experiences within space sector.

Good knowledge on procurement activities

Understanding of space systems and associated technical drivers

Exposure to Space environment will be highly preferred but we are open to experiences within Aerospace, Defence and other Industrial engineering practices

Ability to do individually steer price/contract negotiation and resolving disputes

Ability to challenge statements of work and challenge technical offerings

Pro active attitude and self-motivated / self-starter with ability to work independently and in a team environment

Strong oral and written communication skills with experience in influencing others

Bachelors or Masters/MBA (preferred) with minimum 3 years experience including some procurement, sales or project management experience

You will enjoy
Working with a team of people to build the future of a new space industry

Working at one of the world’s leading space campuses

25 days holidays + 8 bank holidays

Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment

Transport Allowance – extra pocket money to support our best talent working together

Healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets at the office

Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?

Annual Company Retreat

Remote working as per company policy

Working from home as per company policy

Annual Salary Review

How to apply
Visit the career section of our website here: https://opencosmos.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=8

Please include your CV, Cover Letter (max ½ page) and any relevant links to your work.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Open Cosmos in the media
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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/open.cosmos.space/
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/open-cosmos/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/open_cosmos

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