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Grafton Technology international engineering consultancy to the space industry. Grafton Technology strive to exceed the expectations of thie space industry clients. As an ISO 9001 certified and AUG registered company we can support an extensive range of specific requirements. Grafton has been supporting space industry companies in most technologies needed in spacecraft development for over 30 years.
Grafton Technology

Procurement Team Lead

Job Reference : GTL-2018-02-108

Location : United Kingdom


Our UK-based client creates solutions linked to global macro-trends that improve quality of life for people around the globe — generating clean, healthy energy, and using it more efficiently; increasing our safety and security; enabling people to connect, communicate, and collaborate; and equipping their customers to be even more productive.

Our core businesses – Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies, Safety and Productivity Solutions, and Performance Materials and Technologies – are leaders in their respective industries, driving solutions that make people’s lives better every day.

 Our client is a global leader in the engineering and production of custom-designed spaceflight hardware. Space technology must meet the highest performance standards.

We are seeking a Procurement Team Leader to develop and produce innovative, bespoke concept products for the Space industry. We will provide you with opportunities to work across a huge variety of different projects, whilst experiencing very unique challenges along the way.


This is a permanent position starting in March 2018. 


  • Management of the site Procurement Team.
  • Member of the Site Leadership Team.
  • Member of the company's Operating System steering committee.
  • Supporting Sourcing and Procurement Leadership in the implementation of strategic Procurement initiatives.
  • Ownership of site Procurement Quality Management Processes, ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place and up to date.
  • Own and develop site level Key Performance Indicators for function and by Project.
  • Develop Procurement strategies and plans to support delivery of the Annual Operating Plan (AOP).
  • Identify opportunities, scope and lead improvement activities.
  • Management of Procurement Activities affected by ITAR and export compliance requirements.
  • Supporting Project Procurement activities, attendance at meetings, providing procurement status and all activities as would usually be required of a Procurement team member including placing Purchase Orders, expediting deliveries, negotiating terms, resolving delivery and invoice queries.
  • Guidance for site cross functional teams, in compliance with company's Procurement Polices.
  • Participation and leading supplier visits and meetings.
  • Chair and attendance at daily site tier meetings.
  • Any other reasonable task relevant to supporting the business.
  • Compliance with Company Safety and Quality Procedures.



  • Proven experience in a technical procurement leader position.
  • Experience working within the engineering industry.
  • Space Industry procurement experience
  • SAP knowledge, Excel skills.
  • Triple E buying experience
  • Experience and comfort using Six Sigma/Lean tools to identify opportunities and drive improvement.
  • Ability to provide identify, recommend and implement appropriate supply strategies, arrangements and agreements
  • Electronics or Mechanical based qualification
  • Technical competence in electronics or mechanical parts and processes
  • Export Compliance and ITAR knowledge