Purchasing Manager

London, UK
Added: March 6, 2024
At ClearSpace, we believe in reusability, in affordability driving disruption, and that no progress is real unless it is sustainable.

Our company was founded in 2018 out of the realization that in-orbit servicing and space debris removal are vital services for the future of space exploration and operations. Today ClearSpace has assembled an expert engineering team and is leading the way toward sustainable space operations. From a garage in Switzerland, we now operate across Europe and the US, and are working with world-leading institutions and companies to bring our dream of a sustainable space ecosystem to life.

Motivated to join us and make a difference beyond earth? We are currently looking for a Purchasing Manager.

The Role

We are looking for a dynamic, relationship-driven Purchasing Manager to join our team, collaborating closely with our engineering teams to orchestrate a range of purchasing activities for goods and services. Your role will entail navigating through initial proposal stages to final product delivery while upholding compliance with domestic and international government regulations.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Lead and optimize purchasing processes, ensuring timely and cost-effective acquisition of goods and services,
  • Skillfully execute request for proposal and price analysis (RFI, RFP & RFQ),
  • Develop and nurture robust supplier relationships, negotiating favorable terms, conditions, and pricing,
  • Oversee supplier performance evaluation procedures, diligently tracking adherence to established KPIs,
  • Manage program activities with suppliers, from coordinating meetings to negotiating contract amendments,
  • Negotiate contracts in alignment with organizational objectives, meticulously managing adherence to terms and deadlines,
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to pinpoint and implement effective solutions to purchasing hurdles,
  • Actively engage in customer reporting, ensuring transparency and communication throughout the procurement journey,
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all orders placed and exercise diligent control over supplier invoices.

Required Experience

  • Strong evidence of having a purchasing or commercial background, with experience of managing external supplier and customer relationships,
  • Proven track record in navigating shipping intricacies and navigating the complexities of imports and exports, particularly in a post-Brexit landscape,
  • Experience of working with an ERP system, such as Netsuite or Odoo would be a plus,
  • Experience of working in cross functional teams,
  • Aptitude for grasping technical specifications and requirements, facilitating seamless communication between engineering and procurement teams,
  • Comfortable operating within a data-driven environment, exhibiting a meticulous approach to maintaining high levels of accuracy in all endeavors.

Desired Experience

  • Knowledge of the space industry preferable

Desired Education

  • Degree qualified

Desired Strengths

  • A team player, willing to get stuck in and collaborate wherever is needed
  • Agile, flexible and able to work across a geographically-distributed teams
  • A great communicator

ClearSpace Offers

  • The freedom to evolve and grow within a team of experienced specialists
  • The opportunity to be a key player in some of the most exciting space missions
  • A caring and collaborative working environment
  • The possibility of partial remote working and flexible hours (dependant on role)