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Purchasing Development Manager with focus on Procurement Excellence

Järfälla, Sweden
Closing date
19 September 2021
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We are looking for a Purchasing development Manager that has a proven track record of driving transformational change and in-depth understanding of procurement and supply chain.

Saab Procurement has started an exciting journey to drive Operational Excellence and becoming a world leading purchasing organization. We are working in a matrix organization and Group Procurement have a functional responsibility for Global Purchasing at Saab and a business responsibility for indirect material.

Your role

Being Purchasing Development Manager you will have the responsibility for developing effective processes and tools within Saab Procurement globally. You will be driving workstreams in our Procurement Excellence program throughout all development activities ensuring, best in class, efficient and compliant processes. In order for you to be successful you need to ensure tight collaboration with the purchasing organisations in the business areas. In this position you will report to the Head of Business development within Group Procurement

The main tasks:

  • On behalf of CPO and Procurement Council, drive development projects  in close cooperation with the Driver for Process, methods and tools.  
  • You will be driving workstreams in our Procurement Excellence program throughout all development activities ensuring, best in class, efficient and compliant processes and governance. Prepare decision material for councils and boards.
  • Work with development of processes connected to Category Management, Q-processes, and Supply.
  • Drive the Digital development within Saab Purchasing.
  • Proactively initiate and drive development projects within the framework of Purchasing overall focus to achieve the Group Purchasing Vision and Mission.
  • Work in close collaboration with the CPO and the others in Group Procurement management team and Procurement Council to support in various strategic issues and the development of decision material.
  • Together with Process Leader ensure that Saab has effective templates, processes and tools in place and to carry out the necessary training / information efforts for effective use. 


Your profile

To fit in this role, you must be highly self-motivated, structured and communicative. When collaborating with stakeholders, you are confident with the ability to build relationships, influence and provide advice to key decision makers. You focus on achieving success in individual and team projects. Desirably, you also possess a keen interest to develop ways of working using digitalisation.

 Required skills:

  • Master degree in relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience, in procurement and/or supply chain.
  • Good knowledge in strategic sourcing and the toolbox in sourcing. 
  • Good communication skills verbally and written in both Swedish and English. 
  • Good business understanding.  
  • Solid and documented project leadership and analytic skills.  
  • High level of expertise using excel, Power Point and other analytic tools. 
  • Skilled in leading change with succesful documented track record of driving transformation within Strategic Sourcing/Purchasing organisations. 

Desired skills:

  • Experience working as a management consultant
  • Experience from working in matrix organizations
  • Experience from defence and/or aviation industry

This 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 a part of

Saab is a world-leading defence and security company. Saab’s mission is to make people safe by pushing intellectual and technological boundaries. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Fighter jets, submarines and radars are just some examples of what we do.

Group Procurement is a group function with a functional responsibility for 500 procurement professionals globally and a business responsibility for indirect procurement. Our mission is to create sustainable, efficient and profitable business, challenging ourselves and our suppliers, using high business acumen and a holistic view. During 2021 we have started a Procurement excellence program that will run over the next coming years to develop Saab into a world leading Purchasing organization.

Location: Linköping, Stockholm or Gothenburg

You are welcome to send us your application in either Swedish or English. 

Recruiting Manager: Kristofer Ternstedt, CPO and head of Group Procurement

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

Closing date: 2021-09-19

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.