Graduate Procurement Specialist

Manufacturing, Business, Economics, Supply Chain.

About our Business…

Ansaldo Nuclear is one half of an Italian/UK integrated engineering business, in the nuclear industry.

In the UK, our teams – and that could include you – are working on the design of bespoke mechanical handling, process and test equipment including the associated control and automation equipment for the nuclear industry across defence, decommissioning and new build. Our projects include producing designs from optioneering and concept through to detail design for manufacture.

Then taking our designs into manufacture through to install and commissioning. There is no “normal” project or day – our Graduate opportunities, and all of our roles are for people who love creating solutions to complex problems and never stop learning.  

Our Graduate scheme is now in its 9th year and considered a real success and a massive asset in the business, not least because of the successful contribution our Graduates have made and continue to make.

Role Purpose

A Post Graduate position to train in procurement processes and procedures and to assist in purchasing goods, materials and services to meet Ansaldo Nuclear operational needs taking into account price, quality and delivery. You will learn more on how the business operates by working to gain experience within other functions on short term placements

The role aims to excel the candidate within the procurement function while continually developing. 

Key Activities and Tasks: 

  • Undertake tasks to develop skills in purchasing goods, materials, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets for both indirect and direct projects. 
  • Support purchasing team members and other relevant functions and communicate any problems which may impact on operational requirements. 
  • Develop negotiation skills to negotiate contracts and terms of business with suppliers and subcontractors. 
  • Develop skills in making business savings using negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods. 
  • Raise and expedite purchase orders, working with the quality and engineering function to ensure supplier 
  • deliverables are meet and approved within the agreed lead times. 
  • Ensure any purchase order invoice queries are resolved quickly. 
  • Develop supplier relationships and maintain good communications, including external visits. 
  • Assist in the selection of new suppliers working closely with the Supply Chain Development Manager. 
  • Contact suppliers to resolve queries and issues. 
  • Compile supplier analysis reports and data relating to supplier performance to enable evaluation. 
  • Assist in the assessment and evaluation of suppliers and supplier performance reviews. 
  • Take a professional and consistent approach to all supplier relationships in line with purchasing processes and procedures. 
  • Provide analysis on costs, and present the analysis for approval to move forward. 
  • Prepare reports as and when required. 
  • Maintain procurement records and undertake any general departmental administration. 
  • Work closely with others in the procurement function and review opportunities for continuous improvement 
  • Opportunity to move into different business functions to learn how the business operates, developing and meeting objectives as part of the placement. 

Skills and Attributes: 

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to form effective and productive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Numerate and analytical 
  • Able to plan and organise work 
  • Willing to work to set targets and under pressure 
  • Good team player 
  • Commercially aware 
  • Strong administration skills with keen attention to detail and accuracy 

Qualifications and Experience Levels: 

  • Relevant business/commercial or manufacturing/engineering degree (Pass with 2.1 or higher) who is wanting to develop into a Procurement role 
  • Computer literate, especially Excel skills and able to analyse data 


  • Work in a safe manner and comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Balanced and confident
  • Self-motivated Achievement Focussed
  • Makes productive contributions
  • Team player with a positive effect on the mood
  • Consistently manages the task
  • Is self aware
  • Is resilient, optimistic and open to change
  • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings 

Person Specification

  • Focuses on the customer - Works co-operatively with customers and stakeholders (internal and external) 
    in order to meet and exceed their expectations
  • Collaborates and Shares Knowledge - Seeks to create collective success through teamwork, knowledge sharing and mutual support
  • Delivers Results/ Focuses on Solution - Plans what needs to be delivered and then focuses on making it happen
  • Build Teams - Brings together the right people, in the right place at the right time to deliver business objectives
  • Adapts to change - Is able to respond positively to individual or organisational change.
  • Acts with Integrity and Professionalism - Demonstrates trust and integrity in their day to day working
  • Holds Self & Others to Account - Sets clear performance objectives for self and others, monitoring progress and taking appropriate action to ensure delivery
  • Has a Global Approach - Has a flexible approach to different situations, promoting information flow and integration with all corporate units. Works in international environments through adaption and cross-cultural management and integration.
  • People Development - Empower and allow people to develop themselves within their own professional job family and within a multi-disciplinary environment. Identifying learning needs and formulating consistent development plans.

What you’ll get

You will receive a competitive starting salary with £1,500 increment per year based on progress. To help remove barriers, be they location or otherwise you will also have access to a number of additional benefits such as 25 days’ holiday, a competitive pension scheme and a number of flexible benefits. You will gain support towards Chartered status and professional qualifications.

About our Culture

At Ansaldo, our commitment to our people is the lifeblood of our success. We encourage and support all of our employees – not just our Graduates - to thrive and be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds as we know that diversity enables better business outcomes.

We care about colleagues, communities and customers. Their health and safety are non-negotiable priorities. Everyone supports and inspires others to keep safe and well. People’s health supports to our long term effectiveness and we look after our environment because our actions today impact on tomorrow’s generations. We explore others’ needs, treating people with respect and listening to their perspectives. In this way we bring out the best in each other.


How to Apply

Please send CV and cover letter to 

It is essential that you are British Passport holder.

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  • Deadline
  • Starting
    September 2024
  • Salary
    Competitive + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
Also Accepting...
  • Most Engineering disciplines
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