Procurement Manager

Company Details

RHEA Group is an international leading Space and Security engineering organisation providing engineering services and customised technology solutions enabling the design, operation and utilisation of space systems and other critical infrastructure. We attract skilled engineers, scientists and management professionals worldwide; and offer a range of exciting career paths within our organisation and working alongside clients such as the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, NATO, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, etc.

Are you looking for a new opportunity in a fast-moving global company with a family feel? A job where you could have an impact?

We are looking for an experienced Procurement Manager to support our new initiatives based in Transinne, Belgium.

The Procurement Manager will act as the primary point of contact between suppliers and the business. You will be responsible for the procurement of products and goods for use in the business by identifying potential supplier sources, screening them, and negotiating favourable payment terms.

You will use your supply chain and logistics expertise to specialize in implementing cost-effective purchases of all goods and services, as required by the company. Some of your key priorities will include ensuring quality control and adhering to the company’s policies and procedures on supply chain management. The initial focus of the role will be in Information Technology and there will be the opportunity to expand to fields outside of Information Technology as the role and function evolves.

About the team and location

Reporting to the Global IT Director, you will join the wider Information Technology function and work as part of a dynamic team with the autonomy to succeed in a lively, friendly environment.

The ideal candidate will be based in RHEA’s future offices in Transinne, Belgium, but working from another RHEA office is possible.

RHEA Group and partner IDELUX are creating a European Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence in Transinne, Belgium, to support and strengthen European organizations across all sectors, including defence, against the perpetual threat of attacks, and to act as a centre of excellence to ensure digital trust at all times.

This new centre will provide a unique cybersecurity ecosystem and pool of expertise in the heart of Europe to effectively address any preventive and corrective concerns and needs that European organizations may have when it comes to securing their operations, IT systems and data.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Identifying, heading and overseeing complex sourcing IT projects consisting of software, hardware and maintenance.
  • Acting as a point of contact between the company and suppliers.
  • Identifying potential suppliers based on project requirements.
  • Negotiating contracts, terms and deadlines with vendors and suppliers.
  • Monitoring and updating relevant departments regarding price fluctuations of goods and vendor pricing.
  • Processing purchase orders to acquire goods.
  • Working closely with the legal department to ensure contract terms are favourable to the company.
  • Developing and maintaining professional business relations with key external and internal stakeholders.
  • Identifying needs, reducing unwanted product and service demand.
  • Ensuring that procurement business goals and objectives are accomplished.
  • Ensuring the engagement of main stakeholders early for strategic sourcing process.
  • Performing activities to steadily maintain objectives and provide a transparent approach every time.
  • Managing maintenance support and warranty contracts with vendors.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least five years of experience working in the procurement department in a related field.
  • Working knowledge of the IT industry and market conditions.
  • Strong understanding of procurement and negotiation techniques.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Able to travel to meet with suppliers and work overtime as required.
  • Able to work effectively in teams, including with internal customers (and working across functions at all levels to achieve desired outcomes).
  • This position will have direct access to confidential information; therefore, a high degree of confidentiality is required.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • A working knowledge of French.

Why should you apply?

  • You will have the opportunity to work within a major institution.
  • We encourage everyone to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of traditional knowledge. This role is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking company and allows for a deeper understanding of the industry.
  • Benefits include: competitive remuneration packages; unique career opportunities, including working in other countries; personalized training and development programmes; flexible relocation support.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, all genders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-service personnel.

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