Procurement Managers - New Category
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented and experienced Procurement Managers to work in the expanding Procurement Team within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.
Market OverviewHome to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology). The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.
Function OverviewNeodymium magnets. Aerospace-grade carbon fibre. PEEK high strength plastic. Just a few of the materials procured to build just one of our machines – the Dyson digital motor V2. But when you design unconventional machines, you need unconventional materials. The Procurement department works directly with RDD on Dyson’s most secret projects. Sourcing high quality materials, and finished components with demanding specifications, means tracking down niche suppliers. It requires tenacity, speed and efficiency to meet project milestones. In essence, we need to be as inventive as Dyson engineers.
Lead the Procurement activities for the designated Category and represent UK Procurement in cross functional team meetings for new and existing projects.
Drive and manage NPD Category costs to meet Should Costs and Target Costs. The role will work in collaboration with the Procurement Project Managers, Category Design Managers and the Product Cost team to deliver Target costs to support the Business Case.
Develop Category Sourcing Plans for each project, identifying High-risk and High-impact parts and ensuring all necessary Category Procurement activities are complete
Work with engineers and suppliers to create detailed specifications, and identify VA/VE and DFM opportunities – and ensure they are adopted and benefits realised
Support cross functional long term Procurement strategy for designated categories and related components, obtaining buy in from key stakeholders within the business
Initiate negotiations and take the lead in closing price agreements to meet KPIs in cooperation with the Category team
Identify risk, minimise exposure and work closely with internal stakeholders to define and implement mitigating actions
Network quickly and integrate at all levels in Dyson
Contract negotiation and new vendor identification, introduction and management
Work autonomously with accountability for your categories strategies and performance
Experience of managing a team would be an advantage
Substantial experience in Procurement Category Management
Demonstrate understanding of technical engineering relevant to designated Category
Strong commercial background within a High-Tech manufacturing and/or engineering industry
Consider Engineering / Technology / Manufacturing backgrounds
Proficient negotiator with proven abilities in influencing people at all levels in the organisation
Strong manufacturing and quality knowledge with a process orientation to govern cost and supplier selection
Experience in product costing and/or costed Bill of Materials and identification of product cost drivers
Good understanding of legal regulations and contract setting
Self-motivated, accurate and operates with the highest ethical standards. Prepared to work hard to get the right result for Dyson, be tough yet be fair with our supplier base
Excellent communication skills for reporting to stakeholders at different levels
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills: to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions
Willing to challenge the status quo – internally and externally
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build productive working relationships and influence stakeholders
Integrity and confidence under pressure – always presenting the facts no matter what the circumstances
Fluent spoken and written English
The successful candidate will have a proven track-record of success as a Procurement professional in a corporate Procurement environment, handling a diverse range of high risk, high value spend categories, with technical complexity.