Procurement Specialist

up to £40,000

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  • Salary: up to £45,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Based 3 days per week at Sunswap’s Leatherhead HQ

About us

We are a clean-tech organisation who have created the world’s first purpose built battery and solar powered transport refrigeration unit (TRU). This is a fully electric system, is true zero-emission*, viable alternative to diesel power. Since being established in 2020 we have scaled a world-class team by 77% to accelerate innovation across all departments. We are looking for talent who want to join us on our mission, to decarbonise the global cold chain.

Last year we proudly announced partnerships with 8 customers including Samworth BrothersBannister TransportDFDSand Staples Vegetables & secured investment from Barclays and Clean Growth Fund to fuel our mission to decarbonise the cold chain. This year we were announced the Winner of the 2024 Technological Breakthrough award from the Cold Chain Federation.

Primarily, our team and culture distinguish Sunswap as an exceptional workplace. Our collective commitment to decarbonising the global cold chain unites us, fostering mutual support in achieving our mission. We strive to cultivate an inclusive, forward-thinking, and engaging culture that embraces everyone.

Our benefits 

  • 30 days of annual leave (includes a Wellbeing Day)
  • Sabbatical (after 3 years of working with Sunswap)
  • 5 free counselling sessions per year
  • Family leave ranging from 4 weeks to 4 months
  • Employee Share Options
  • Free Monthly Lunches & Quarterly Socials!
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free laptop & Sunswap merch

Job overview

The Procurement Specialist will support the building out of a robust supply chain as we scale. This will require you to work with suppliers, to negotiate pricing based on our growing sales volumes, manage an efficient flow of components to facilitate product development and support ongoing cost-down of the product to achieve our cost target. You will play an important role contributing to our procurement activities as the business scales. The role is a great opportunity to be part of building a high growth business where every day pushes your boundaries.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of a procurement strategy that is aligned our growth plans.
  • Develop, improve and manage procurement processes, including Goods-in, Inventory, Goods-out and ERP system development.
  • Identify new suppliers to source the best products in terms of value, delivery schedules, sustainable practice and quality.
  • Lead end-to-end sourcing activities from RFI/ RFQ through to contract signature and supplier performance review.
  • Process purchases, monitor inventory, track usage, and adjust procurement activities according to product demand.
  • Collaborate with Engineering and act as the main contact for all commercial supplier issues.
  • Analyse spend data, produce statistics and identify costs and saving opportunities.
  • Support inventory, stock and logistics activities including booking parts in and kitting parts.

Qualifications & experience 

  • Procurement experience in a related field.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Commercial and financial awareness including strong analytical abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to travel to meet with suppliers as required. 
  • Experience with an industry standard ERP system.
  • Experience of detailed quotation analysis and developing / challenging pricing with suppliers where appropriate.
  • Experience developing ERP processes.
  • MCIPS or studying towards.
  • Broad experience within manufacturing – preferably automotive industry.
  • Understanding of key cost drivers in manufacturing processes.
  • A proven track record of end-to-end supply base management within the commercial vehicle industry.