Technical Buyer

Pod Point

  • Full Time

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Manufacturing and Supply Chain | Up to £38k p.a. | Remote (but with a London office if you wish to use it)

At Pod Point we’re changing the way people drive.  We fundamentally believe that travel shouldn’t damage the Earth so we’ve made it our mission to install a Pod Point (an Electric Vehicle charging point) everywhere you park. To make that vision a reality, we need the brightest, most tenacious and most inspiring talent in the world – we are growing faster than the market and we need to maintain that velocity – that’s where you come in!

The Role

We’re looking for an innovative, creative Technical Buyer to jump on board and help us achieve our ambitious growth goals. The position will report into the Senior Technical Buyer and will be based remotely (although we have an office near Old Street Station in London that you are welcome to use).

What you’ll do

You’ll ensure the successful introduction of new products by supporting all New Product Introduction activity in getting new suppliers ready, including dealing with:

  • Samples and drawing availability
  • Raw material readiness
  • Ensuring Purchase Orders are placed in a timely manner with minimal late deliveries
  • Tracking associated project risks, ensuring they are highlighted and mitigated
  • Building a dedicated space for all supplier documentation and contracts, that is well controlled and structured
  • Building a clean cost model with no errors

What you’ll need

  • Significant experience in identifying, assessing, shortlisting, and selecting suppliers from around the world in an electro-mechanical product manufacturing environment
  • Previous success in negotiating and agreeing advantageous supply agreements
  • Effective internal communication skills and an ability to work in collaboration with other internal departments
  • Great organisational skills with a proven ability to problem-solve so that deadlines are met
  • To be a resourceful self-starter
  • Good numerical and technical skills (you’re a competent to advanced user of Excel)

Bonus Points

  • Experience of using the Salesforce platform
  • You have a dog (which you’d be welcome to bring into the office, as and when you choose to go in)
  • You’re passionate and knowledgeable about climate change, sustainability and/or the EV industry

And if you’re not sure whether you’re what we’re looking for – send us your CV anyway!  We love to hear from people who are passionate about what we do, and we always take the view that a good cultural fit (and mission alignment) is much more important than ticking all the “qualifications, skills and experience” boxes.

Our culture is electric

At Pod Point we like to think we are anything but conventional. We have worked hard to create a rapidly-growing, constantly innovating, flat-structured world, where each employee can see the vital contribution they are making to the company. We knew from the very beginning that a rigid, corporate environment was never going to work for us, and we have stayed true to our word – we’re anything but.

We work hard; we’re not clock-watchers but equally you may find yourself working into the evening very occasionally. In return we’ll pay you well, give you complete ownership to shape the role, give you ground-breaking projects to work on and surround you with fantastic, talented people. We also provide the following benefits:

  • Salary Sacrifice Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Flexible working hours and a casual dress code
  • Remote first working approach
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Very generous maternity and paternity leave scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Eyecare scheme

The socially distant elephant in the room

Our first priority (at all times, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) is to make sure we’re not unnecessarily exposing Pod Pointers to potential health risks. We’re a “Remote first” company anyway, so we’re continuing to conduct all interviews on Google Meet and are pretty good at onboarding new starters remotely (if we do say so ourselves). As soon as we feel it’s safe, we do intend to reopen our London office; and once that happens you will be welcome to use that for work if you prefer – although there will be no requirement for you to do so.

Final things to note

Pod Point is an equal opportunities employer, although you must be legally able to work in the UK, and any data you provide us will be stored and disseminated in accordance with Pod Point’s Privacy Policy.

We like to deal directly with our candidates so no agencies please!

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