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Head of Procurement BU Gripen

Linköping, Sweden
Closing date: 2 October 2023

Your role

Within Aeronautics, we are committed to our responsibility towards our customers, contributing to keeping people and society safe. We are also passionate about working together to create the solutions our customer’s need – that is in our DNA, and our people make it happen!
Our managers need to have the ability to combine a distinctive business acumen with a professional everyday leadership for sustainable success. A drive for performance, accountability, transparency, innovation, co-operation and continuous learning are key component in our culture.

As Head of Procurement, you will be part of leading the Procurement function within BU Gripen. The department will work both operationally but also be responsible for strategic sourcing concerning JAS 39 Gripen. You will lead an organization of ~100 employees, together with four direct reports in your management team. The role also includes being part of the overall responsibility for procurement, which is to lead, support and develop the business units work related to sourcing and supply.

  • Governance in accordance with Saab established requirements

  • Responsible for BU suppliers and information/agreement coordination with other Aeronautics BUs

  • Represents BU requirements and needs towards BA Purchasing

  • Contributes with resources and competence in the coordination work of BA joint suppliers (incl. audits)

  • Coordination of operational purchasing (supply) in consultation with Fighter Production

  • Ensures the necessary resources and competence for the business unit's needs both strategically and operationally

  • Responsibility for inventory incl. inventory value, obsolescence, LTB, depreciation etc.

  • Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements within own aviation permits

  • Contributes to the development of the purchasing process within the framework of PM&T and business development

BU Gripen, with ~2,500 employees, is a newly formed business unit with overall responsibility for JAS 39 Gripen C/D/E/F. You will be part of the BU Gripen management team and report to the Head of the Business Unit.

Your profile

To be successful in this role, you need to share and embrace our values and is comfortable leading according to our leadership framework – know your business, know your people and know yourself.

You are an experienced manager and business leader, with proven track-record regarding both What and How and have the ability, engagement and aspiration to take on a bigger and more complex challenge. You have the drive, energy and attitude to lead with the purpose of good business and positive culture.

Other capabilities and ways of working we believe are essential for a Head of Procurement within BU Gripen

  • a purpose-driven leader with excellent people management skills

  • strong business acumen

  • is an experienced change leader

  • promotes co-operation and continuous learning

  • deliver on promises

  • have a high degree of personal maturity with good judgement and high ethics

  • solid skills in the English and Swedish language, oral and written

You have respect and understanding for our proud history, but also understand the need for continuous change and development, and don’t back down for tough decisions in times of transformation.

The position requires that you pass a security vetting based on the current regulations around/of security protection. For positions requiring security clearance additional obligations on citizenship may apply.

What you will be part of

The Aeronautics business area is an innovative supplier of world-class aircraft systems, advanced aerostructures, and a wide range of support solutions within civil and military aviation. The business area researches, develops, and produces military aviation systems. We are building for the future through research and studies into innovative flight systems and the further development of our products. Read more about us here

By joining Aeronautics, you will be a part of a diverse, collaborative and supportive organisation with an emphasis on professional growth and work-life balance. You will work in an innovative and vibrant workplace, while having the opportunity to develop a long-term, fulfilling career.

Kindly observe that this is an ongoing recruitment process and that the position might be filled before the closing date of the advertisement.

Contact information:
Head of BU Gripen, Johan Segertoft, tel: +46 73 4184210, email:

Saab is a company with a strong people-orientation. We offer a friendly work environment where we support and help each other to be at our best. Continuous learning, career & talent development and employee well-being are examples of areas where we always put the strongest effort to offer great opportunities.