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Head of Procurement Operations

Date: 27-Nov-2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

A Procurement Role to Keep the World Moving

Based within our Civil business, we are seeking a new Head of Procurement Operations. In this brand new role, you will lead a team of 3 direct reports (wider team circa. 22) to manage the operational performance of our direct supply chain which consists of circa. circa 70 global suppliers delivering 10,000 parts per Week with an annual spend of circa £100m. Key duties include achieving on time delivery and quality to external and internal customers
through the development and implementation of successful procurement strategies. This is a role where you can really effect change, using your strong people leadership and resource management skills to ensure requirements are met on time and in accordance with quality standards, driving improvements wherever possible.

This role will be based at our Filton site where we design and manufacture large complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a combination of both civil and military aircraft.

How You'll Contribute

In this role, you will:

  • Be accountable for achieving on time delivery and quality to external and internal customers
  • Develop and implement strategies and methodologies to achieve on-time deliveries from the supply chain
  • Lead and direct the development and implementation of lean logistics and inventory management strategies.
  • Develop and maintain metrics (KPIs) that are necessary to assess and improve the performance of the supply chain.
  • Lead the planning and forecasting process to provide relevant and accurate data to supply chain
  • Lead major executive performance reviews, be the top level point of reference for escalation of supplier performance issues
  • Continually challenge and improve operational and supply chain processes through Purchasing Excellence and ‘Lean’ methodologies
  • Be accountable for the satisfaction of Internal Customers with deliverables
  • Be accountable for satisfaction external customers for “Cross-Dock” supply chain by achieving target delivery performance to customer and regular customer review meetings
  • Be accountable for all relevant Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) issues in area of responsibility, including risk assessments and completion of corrective action plans
  • Comply with all risk assessments and company Environment, Health & Safety Procedures relevant to all work activities. Reporting of all accidents and near misses as per the company’s procedure and implementation of identified corrective actions. Maintain good standards of housekeeping in designated work area(s)
  • Champion “Export Control” compliance activities, ensuring you and where applicable, members of your team, adhere to the site

What You'll Bring


  • Educated to degree level in Business Administration or similar, MCIPS qualified
  • Substantial experience in supply chain management at a senior level in a manufacturing environment.
  • High level of knowledge with ERP Systems


  • An appreciation of lean manufacturing principles
  • Experience in the digitization of supply chain processes
  • Aerospace procurement experience

Behavioural skills:

  • Professional and process skills required in Leadership, Project Management, Supplier Management and Negotiation
  • Possess excellent communication skills that transfer to all levels within the organisation.
  • Able to work within a multi-disciplined team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver results in a challenging environment

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

  • Base salary of between £43,000 - £64,000 DOE + up to 22.5% annual bonus and £5,500 annual car allowance 
  • 37 hour contract worked across 4.5 days (opportunity to finish at 12noon on a Friday)
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment with opportunities for career progression

This role will require an element of international travel

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.
We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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