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Graduate Business - Procurement

Cyber Security/Maths/Finance/Aerospace.

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The Opportunity

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for a Procurement Business Graduate. Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

As one of the leading helicopter manufacturers in the world, Leonardo Helicopters is part of the multi-national Leonardo Group of world class engineering companies. Leonardo Helicopters designs, develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of the most advanced helicopters, rotary wing technology, also developing mission and performance critical systems.

Our helicopters are used extensively in civil and military roles worldwide. Primary operations are in the UK, Italy, Poland and the USA.

Typically your placements will consist of 2-4 month rotations across the Procurement & Supply Chain department including the opportunity to do an external placement elsewhere in the business. The graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience in a wide spectrum of procurement disciplines and also develop soft skills through opportunities which a direct entry position may not be able to.

In conjunction with the Procurement Management Team and the Early Careers Team, you will have the opportunity to input into the design of your training scheme to include placements which give an insight into the complete Helicopter Product Life Cycle and business operation.

What you will do

The Graduate Scheme will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building week (including overnight accommodation) at an offsite location incorporating all Trainee starts. There will also be a Procurement specific induction to ensure that scheme requirements and expectations are fully established.

The Business Graduate (Procurement) role can be incredibly varied.  Workload has previously included;

Production Procurement/Customer Support & Spares Procurement

  • Processing requisitions from requirement to Purchase Order stage – buyer role
  • Managing Supplier queries

Indirect Procurement

  • Process mapping temporary labour on-boarding process
  • Creation of supplier performance questionnaire

Governance and Control

  • Single Source Contract Regulation process
  • Cyber Security process

Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is the aerospace industry.

A role in Procurement will be incredibly varied, and will grow and develop throughout the scheme. There will be opportunities to visit customer facilities throughout the scheme. There is an appetite for Graduates to support Initiatives and projects.

Responsibilities may include:

Manufacturing Procurement / Customer Support Procurement / Indirect Procurement & Sourcing & Contracting

  • Involvement in sourcing events / competitions and supplier negotiations
  • Frequent checking of requirements
  • Sending requests for quotation (RFQs) to suppliers
  • Appraising quotations
  • Raising Purchase Orders (POs)
  • Processing Order Acknowledgements
  • Dealing with any Supplier issues, queries or requests for amendments
  • Supplier visits & KPI reviews

Governance & Control

  • Working with G&C Team to ensure processes, systems and procedures are efficient in achieving what is required
  • Undertake Continuous Improvement (CI) Project

Procurement Programmes

  • Assist bids team
  • Work with a defined programme including attending configuration management meeting
  • Impact statements

Material Management

  • Undertake process improvement activities

What we are looking for

Desired skills:

  • Motivation and confidence to work in a dynamic programmes environment
  • Works well in a multi-disciplined, cross-functional team.
  • Good communications skills at all levels, both written and verbal
  • IT literate (inc. SAP, Microsoft Office & Project)

Personal qualities:

  • Tenacity, fresh thinking and enthusiasm
  • Analytical Mind
  • A strong team player
  • Conscientious and keen to learn
  • Flexible in terms of working hours and overseas travel


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 which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.


  • Minimum 2:1 Bachelors or Masters in Management, Finance, or Business-related subject.

Diversity Statement:

We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.

What you'll get:

  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options
  • Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
  • Network groups : To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for: Carers (employees caring for families or friends) Enable (supporting people with disabilities) Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce) Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals) We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
  • Training : Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous Learning : You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring
    Investors in People : We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme : Providing free and confidential mental health support
  • Generous annual and flex leave in addition to bank holidays

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Job ID Number: 004013
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: March 24th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Yeovil (Somerset)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Analytics
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Cyber Security
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Finance
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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