Procurement Graduate London 2024

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In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Thales Ground Transportation Systems UK (GTS) are helping to shape the future of the rail industry in the UK, and beyond. We specialise in signalling and communication, collaborating with the biggest names in the industry to deliver the rail of the future. Our Early Careers opportunities offer the chance to make a real difference to everyday lives, through the work that we do. This role is expected to transition to Hitachi Rail as part of the transfer of ownership of GTS from Thales.

Procurement Graduate Programme

The Procurement function is responsible for the effective acquisition of goods and services the company needs in order to win new business and deliver profitable projects. It is uniquely placed to contribute to both the top and bottom line and manages the requirement and relationships with suppliers supporting all aspects of the company, having a strategic impact on Thales product quality, performance, growth and reputation.

Being a Procurement professional means understanding the strategy of our businesses, working in a Global environment, conducting complex negotiations, co-ordinating multidisciplinary internal teams and working with external companies to improve their performance to us. The skills and experience you will acquire in the function are readily transferable, offering a wide variety of career opportunities both inside the function and with the many others with which we interface on a daily basis.

You’ll be joining a world class procurement function that supports it’s team members towards industry accreditation through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. The work involved is diverse, cross functional and you will have an opportunity to collaborate with many other areas of the business.

Key responsibilities

  • Helping define a strategy for using suppliers to support our business objectives
  • Making sure Procurement is an essential partner in the delivery of our customer projects
  • Negotiating and executing orders and subcontracts
  • Working on must win bids to optimise the bought-in value
  • Managing supplier performance and relationships

Skills, qualifications and experience

You will be on track to or have achieved a bachelor’s degree in any subject; however subjects that require critical analysis such as Law, Business, Engineering, Finance, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and History are of particular interest.

We are looking for people who have a passion for building relationships with stakeholders and suppliers, have drive and enthusiasm and the intrinsic motivation to forge ahead. You will need to show that you are commercially minded, adept at negotiations and have the interpersonal skills to work within a diverse Procurement function.

You will need the ability to work with and understand complex information and numerical data, with a strong attention to detail.

Please note that Graduate Development Programme (GDP) activities take place during the working week but may require the investment of some personal time for travel and follow-up activities. You may have the opportunity to travel to Thales and non-Thales sites throughout the UK when participating in GDP activities.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Friday 12th January 2024, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note, we will be in contact by the end of January 2024 with details of next steps.

About us

Thales GTS is an equal opportunities employer and diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of our business. We appreciate the strength that diversity adds to our teams. When you join us, you will be part of a business that is focused on continually improving, to be a welcoming, inclusive place to work. We actively promote and encourage our people to feel confident in bringing their true self to work every day.

To be eligible for our Early Career positions, you will need the Right to Work in the UK for the entire duration of the programme. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history.

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.

Thales UK is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process. To request an adjustment, if you need this job advert in an alternative format or if you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Resourcing Ops for mid to senior roles, or the Early Careers Team for graduate and apprentice roles.

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DEADLINE 12th January 2024