Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Procurement and Commercial

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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

Leonardo in the UK

Today we are at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing. Learn more about the key role we are playing in the development of UK engineering

The opportunity:

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of our technology. With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.

Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body. 
At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge.

As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.
 We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking.  We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

Job Description

As a Procurement Graduate you will work closely with colleagues in other departments (such as Engineering and Manufacturing), both to learn the key role Procurement plays in an Integrated Project Team (IPT) based business model and to develop the collaboration skills necessary to influence the relationship with our suppliers.

As part of our ongoing commitment to young peoples' educational development (demonstrated by our latest Gold level accreditation by Investors in Young People) all graduates UK wide will attend short modules away from the office throughout the 2 years to develop yourself and network across the company; examples include orientation, self-awareness and tackling business problems - all underlined by Leonardo's core strategies.

Your role will give you exposure to the full life cycle of supplier management which is fully integrated with business context to provide you with a broad baseline of skills and experience.
 Whether you are helping to set supplier strategies, selecting new suppliers or managing their day-to-day performance, you will receive high quality support and mentoring, backed by a strong network of Procurement professionals on your site and also across the UK.

Key Responsibility Areas

  •  Develop strong relationships with the supplier base, the internal customer base and the internal supply chain.
  • Ability to learn, lead & co-ordinate the supplier selection process in order to ensure the supply solution provides quality, reliability, strategic fit & value for money.
  • Effectively manage key supplier sub contracts throughout the contract life cycle including monitoring of performance, risk, change, compliance with requirements & cost.
  • Support the business Procurement Team by contributing to the development of processes, practices and systems which enhance their capability to deliver a high performing supply chain and effectively manage supplier performance
  • Analysis of data to present and challenge existing processes and offer innovative alternatives that benefit the wider business.
  • Seeking & harnessing innovative solutions from existing and future supply chain partners in order to meet the business needs which includes monitoring key players, newcomers, economic evolution & market trends.
  • Obtain a good understanding of the use of SAP Systems & key procurement tools across the Procurement life cycle, including planning, sourcing, cost analysis, negotiation and the creation of all types of purchase orders.
  • Learn, develop and utilise a negotiation skillset to apply in supplier negotiations in order to maximise value to all parties
  • Demonstrate over time, an awareness of our core business management approach and procurement process including the ability to produce Procurement Plans and identify areas of risks and opportunities and be an effective member of process improvement projects.
  • Ability to develop agreements, terms & conditions and provide evidence to ensure compliance with both internal and customer governance.
  • Develop networks across the UK sites through the graduate programme and able to arrive motivated and prepared for short modules which align personal development against the core strategies within Leonardo.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD.  In all cases the subject should be engineering, mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline.
Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.

What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values its people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus.
  • Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility) & 3 performance related pay reviews within the 2 years.
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Healthcare.
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers, including gym membership.
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site.
  • Free parking.

What are you waiting for?

Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD; come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around!
Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so apply now to avoid disappointment. Our Assessment dates run from November 2019 to April 2020 and roles will be closed once offered.
Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,600 employees. With its offices and industrial plants, the Company is present in 180 sites worldwide, with a significant industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 001024
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 30th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics

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