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Head of Procurement

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ReOrbit
Place
Helsinki, Finland/Remote
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Added: February 16, 2024

What do we do?

ReOrbit strives to shape the future of the space economy. Our vision is to build the foundation for the next generation of space applications by transforming how satellites are designed and manufactured from today’s rigid single-use satellites into autonomous, connected, and reconfigurable systems. We want to develop the infrastructure for seamless data flow in space or to and from the ground. We, therefore, provide small satellites based on our software-defined platforms which are optimised for high data transfer capacity. We are a system integrator, using our software technologies to cost-efficiently manufacture satellites. Our services range from mission and spacecraft design to integration and qualification, as well as integration with launch and ground segment services. Today we are a rapidly growing company and building a very strong multidisciplinary team to support our activities. We are headquartered in Helsinki, Finland with subsidiaries in Stockholm, Sweden and Bariloche, Argentina.

Working at ReOrbit

At ReOrbit, we are focused on building a strong team as we believe nothing can be accomplished without innovative, humble and curious minds working together on a common goal. We’re all about fostering an inclusive, dynamic environment where equality and diversity are our strength. Our structures are designed thoughtfully, and titles reflect the work we do. As a team, we value open communication, facts and evidence instead of speculation, and trust as we want to ensure everyone feels safe and secure to voice their opinions and speak their minds. We believe this supportive environment is a driver of innovation and collaboration. In other words, making a difference.

About this role

We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented Head of Procurement with prior experience in subcontract management in the space, aerospace, or defence industries. You will work closely with the Project, Engineering, and the Business Development teams, and play a key role contributing to the broader success of our missions and company. This will be achieved by successful management of supplier relationships, the negotiation of supply chain contracts and procurement activities, and ultimately by achieving on-time and on-budget delivery of space-related equipment. The ideal candidate has strong communication and negotiation skills, a deep understanding of supply chain management and logistics, and a successful track record of achieving delivery in similar programmes and environments.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary point of contact for the management of suppliers of space and ground segment equipment
  • Negotiate, secure, and implement supply chain related contracts
  • Manage suppliers (strategically and via day-to-day activities) to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery, in support of broader programme schedules
  • Evaluate and monitor the supplier’s prices, quality, payment terms, etc to establish cost savings and increase overall profitability
  • Drive value for money and encourage high-performance (in terms of quality, delivery, and cost) from suppliers and partners
  • Establish positive supplier and internal relationships with the use of tools such as regular Business Review Meetings
  • Support business compliance with internal and external business requirements

Skills Required:

  • 10+ years experience managing suppliers in technology-driven industries (space, aerospace, defence, or equivalent)
  • 5+ years experience leading subcontract management or procurement teams
  • Strong negotiation, leadership, and team-building skills. A track record of building positive external supplier and internal customer relationships
  • Able to generate a strategic approach to procurement activities, with the objectives of optimising delivery and supply chain cost savings.
  • Track record of optimising supplier performance, including aspects such as negotiating cost savings, achieving on-schedule delivery, and implementing procurement process improvements
  • Demonstrable commercial awareness. Experience in establishing and implementing performance-based supplier contracts
  • Knowledge and experience of export, shipping, and ITAR / EAR regulations
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of organisation and time management skills
  • Can work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to balance work across multiple projects, and prioritize work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and mentoring less experienced team members

We offer:

  • Challenging but rewarding environment – you will thrive if you are always reflecting on how to make things better. Your ideas will be heard
  • Ambitious and supportive network of people, who are motivated to change the space industry, bringing expertise from both classic and new space
  • Flexibility in working hours & remote work. You can choose your ways of working, so that it is enjoyable for you. You thrive, we thrive
  • Chance to make lasting impact and grow together with ReOrbit on its upward trajectory. You will steer your own career path and have an opportunity to contribute to shaping the workplace
  • Benefits such a lunch vouchers, free gym, events, parties, relocation support - but most importantly a possibility to be a part of a unique and diverse team, connected by similar mindset and sense of humour

Join us in our journey of transforming technology and enabling space applications of our current and future society where efficiency, sustainability and security are unlocked to their full potential! Please, submit your application as soon as possible - we are excited to hear from you and can’t wait to discover your unique skills and experiences.

For agencies: We do not accept unsolicited CVs for our open vacancies. Any CV sent to our team unsolicited will reserve us the right to pursue a candidate without obligation to the sender. All candidate submissions must be conducted through our official channels and in accordance with our terms of engagement.

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