Senior Procurement Manager – Projects

SGD Competitive Remuneration Package

Singapore, Singapore


•Role is responsible for managing the procurement projects strategy, working with the Global RDD Category and Global Procurement  team to manage projects within the Category. The main focus to ensure supply chain readiness to deliver projects on time & support ramp up, and ensuring the Commodity Strategy within Procurement are aligned to support the overall Category Strategy.

 •The role will also be driving & manage project cost to meet Should Cost and Target Cost from NPI to SOP. The role will be working in collaboration with RDD, Product Cost, Commodity Managers to deliver this set target, also ensuring cost clarity and risk/opportunity around project costs are driven and reported.

Role Objective:

•To project manage projects within the Category : ensuring projects are supported from a Procurement perspective on the right sourcing, feasibility of supply Chain, risk management, right pricing, cost down initiatives, capacity, lead time etc.

You will take responsibility for ensuring that Procurement are clear on their action points into each project meeting and driving and tracking the closure of Procurement deliverables at each stage of the Milestone Life Cycle Process.

Dyson Overview

Things move quickly at Dyson. In twenty years, what began with one man and one idea has grown into a global technology company, with 6,000 people and a presence in over 70 countries. From Malmesbury to Malaysia to the US to Australasia and many countries in between, we’ve sold over 80 million machines.

And it’s just the start. From 2016 our Malmesbury HQ is doubling its footprint. The US, our biggest market, is doubling their sales scope. And new frontiers are opening up across South East Asia and beyond. More people, more ideas and more space for more invention. The next four years will be our biggest and busiest yet.

Market Overview

Our Singapore story began in 2004 and today we have more than 1000 people working here. At the beginning of 2017 we opened our new, state of the art, Singapore Technology Centre in Science Park I, minutes from Singapore’s technology and start-up community. This new Technology Centre houses some of Dyson’s most advanced facilities including Robotics and Sensors laboratories and Smart Home, Connectivity & Mobile Applications laboratories as well as an Advanced Control Tower with the latest technology to develop its analytics-driven activities.

Not too far away is Singapore Advanced Manufacturing Centre, our flagship advanced motor manufacturing facility where we develop our autonomous robotic manufacturing capabilities – more than 300 robots assemble our Dyson Digital Motor (DDM) here. It is here that we develop our next generation of motor technology.                           

Function Overview

Procurement at Dyson plays a vital role in strategic decision making. Ultimately it affects the very design of our machines and the growth ambitions of the business. In the balance between quality and price, quality must always win. So our global team needs to be rigorous in selection. Meticulous in determining standards, researching suppliers, analysing value and negotiating contracts. Challenging and diverse, their work creates a dynamic, driven team. Where the ‘next big thing’ relies on their ability to deliver agile, lean solutions as much as the inventiveness of Dyson engineers’ themselves.


Main Duties/Responsibilities:

•You will be required to present project’ status & cost, and review actions with the Global Procurement Director & Global Procurement Heads, providing feedback on progress and actions.
•You will lead and drive the activity plan that determines Procurement timeframes for success and highlight in a RAG sheet / Procurement Project Status Report where projects risks are on schedule or fallen behind and report this to the Senior Management. You will drive the deadlines.
•You will represent Procurement in SPD meeting and key product project meetings and ensure that we identify from procurement all issues/aspects that could be seen as a risk. This might be capacity, capability or cost as we go from project milestone to the Start of Production.
•You will work closely together with the RDD Directors or Head of Engineering/ RDD to ensure projects opportunities/risks are being addressed and resolved.
•You will work with the Global Procurement Heads to prepare for the Project Milestone Review and Board Reports; this includes cost status, projects risks & mitigation plans.
•You will work with the UK Procurement team on projects being transferred over, ensuring all deliverables for transfer are completed and ownership and responsibilities of each Category are clearly defined. Where no Sourcing Plan are in place, you and your team will then work the Category to develop sourcing plan and identify lead time for each components, managing the procurement activities from various prototyping or engineering builds planned as part of the product development process. This includes supporting purchase of samples & raising risk buys. 
•You will work in collaboration with Cross Functions team (Manufacturing, Commodity, RDD, Finance) to drive cost savings on your projects to meet the PPV target set for the overall Procurement team.
•You will drive your team to meet Target and Budget Costs on each project.
•You will ensure your team challenged the Commodity Managers / suppliers to ensure best pricing is achieved, this can either be through benchmarking exercise, 3 quotes justification, bottom up costing etc. 
•You will work closely with Product Cost team on providing components pricing on a monthly basic, or whenever there is a change or up issue on revision. As part of the project life cycle, you will support the work on Engineering Build (EB) Cost.
•Reporting overall Procurement progress on Tooling, P&E, and related activities on the projects.


Self motivated, independent, results-driven
•Ability to deliver under pressure and in tight timelines
•Process change / improvement skills are desirable
•Attention to detail is a m
•Degree level qualification or above
•Self motivated, accurate and operate with the highest ethical standards.
•Project Management  - planning, risk management, and procurement - at least 8-10 years in a relevant industry preferably in the Automotive / Aerospace / Defence / Medical background
•Strong process orientation, co-ordination and facilitation skills
•Fair minded approach and ability to be totally objective essential.
•Good written communication (in English) for reporting to all stakeholders at different levels, ability to convey issues concisely and accurately to all levels within the organisation
•Prepared to challenge the norm and look for new ways of doing things
•Strong process manager – to get continuity
•Good understanding of manufacturing and how Dyson operates
•Strong communicator - Interpersonal skills - ability to build productive working relationships and influence
•Problem solving and analytical skills: to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions (i.e. common sense and not embarrassed to ask supposedly “silly” questions)
•Assertiveness / negotiation - readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required and ensure decisions are made when required
•Integrity / confidence under pressure – always presenting the facts no matter what the circumstances
•Communication: You clearly communicate with everyone who needs to know.  You think about what the recipient needs and tailor your style and content accordingly.  You listen to others and ensure you’ve understood their point of view.
•Inspire and Challenge: You’re willing to challenge assumptions and think differently.  You’re open to new ideas and seek inspiration from the environment around you.
•Passion and Drive: You set high standards for your self and others and consistently strive for different and better.  You’re diligent and thorough and place high importance on accuracy.  You remain positive in the face of setbacks and keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve.
•Flexibility and Initiative: You pre-empt problems and seize opportunities without waiting to be told.  You’re an independent thinker and you take responsibility for your actions even if there’s a chance of failure.  In a changing environment you’re able to adapt plans and re focus your efforts on what the business needs.
•Forward Thinking: You think ahead and foresee issues and solutions. You plan your time and your projects taking all factors into account.
•Collaborative working: You consistently share your knowledge and findings with others in a clear and accessible way.  You recognize that this is key to Dyson’s future success and this is demonstrated in the way you work across projects, teams, departments, levels and continents.
•Business Focus: You know what’s important for Dyson.  You work well with key individuals and align your efforts with departmental and business priorities.
•Developing self and others: You work in both formal and informal ways to ensure that you all those around you have the skills, knowledge and initiative to deliver.  You focus not just on fixing the problem but on developing their understanding
•CIPS (or equivalent) qualification
•Mandarin. Additional other Chinese dialects would be an advantage
•Experience of lean manufacturing 

Benefits Overview

Dyson Singapore monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and bonuses. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy a transport allowance and comprehensive medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are just the start of a Dyson career. Professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fuelling and realising ambition.

Posted: 18-Sep-2017