Procurement Manager

Location: London

Department: Supply Chain

About Us

Avanti Communications (“Avanti”) is a global multi-orbit provider of fully integrated connectivity services and solutions.

Founded in 2002, with a mission to help the world become better connected, Avanti leverages satellite technology to create custom solutions that protect communities and unlock opportunities for individuals, communities, businesses, and governments all over the world.

As a global business, Avanti is able to deliver reliable, high-performance solutions worldwide, even in the most challenging of locations. It uses its scale and expertise to connect those in hard-to-reach rural areas, improving access to education and helping to create a safe environment for people to live and work. Avanti is the leading Ka-band high-throughput satellite capacity partner to the communications industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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This role offers hybrid working arrangements in our open-plan modern offices based in White City, London, with the opportunity to work from home 3 days per week, if desired.

Role Purpose

The Supply Chain function – established over five years ago and responsible for all supply chain, procurement, and logistics activities – has played a pivotal role through optimising Avanti’s costs, maximising supplier-delivered technology and ensuring our end-to-end supply chain is fit for purpose and fuelling our customers’ demands.

We are entering an exciting period in Avanti’s journey, as a profitable and thriving business we are in a growth phase where we are investing in the business, our infrastructure, and our people.

Supply Chain continues to evolve, and we now have fresh challenges to meet. This is a newly defined role to deliver procurement expertise and leadership around the technology products and services that we utilise, deploy, and sell to our customers. You’ll be joining an expanding business and working with current and new suppliers to ensure we meet our customers’ expectations and our revenue targets.

This is a role suited to an individual who thrives in an environment where challenges are welcomed not avoided. You’ll need to be comfortable with thinking independently and assessing what Avanti and our customers need today and for the years ahead. You’ll enjoy building strategic initiatives, addressing the tactical demands of the business, along with uncovering and analysing data to bring insights to the business and suppliers’ performance.

This role embodies Avanti’s ‘can-do’ culture and provides the opportunity to make a real difference to the success of Avanti and our customers and the tangible ‘connectivity-for-good‘ which that will bring. If this excites you then we look forward to talking with you. 

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Development and implementation of strategic sourcing and category management for technology-centred goods and services; including satellite hub platforms and terminals, ground earth stations, networking, ICT, software and cloud deployments, system integrators and outsourcing.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to understand key requirements (for Avanti and our customers) to develop, initiate and deliver sourcing and category strategies.
  • Provide leadership in engaging with current and new suppliers, providing stakeholders with an optimised commercial environment to adopt new solutions in a secure, high-performing and affordable way.
  • End-to-end management of supplier contracts; from implementation to ongoing performance management – including understanding Total Cost of Ownership.
  • Proactively manage, report and optimise third-party spend and suppliers’ performance – implementing Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) where appropriate.
  • Manage supply chain risks and ensure security of supply/ business continuity.
  • Contribute to Avanti’s ESG strategy through the understanding of our carbon footprint and defining action plans internally and with suppliers to meet agreed targets.
  • Develop deep global knowledge of suppliers, industry trends, emerging markets and technology to inform and influence supplier and technology selections.
  • Work with sales and functional heads to identify and plan for sourcing activities and delivery timescales.

Skills & Qualifications


  • 6+ years’ experience in strategic sourcing and procurement across telecommunications or similar technology-led industry.
  • Broad knowledge and experience of sourcing networking, hosting (PoPs) and/or ICT goods and services.
  • Proven experience of defining then implementing sourcing strategies, category strategies and/or SRM.
  • Excellent negotiation capabilities (methodologies and emotional intelligence) and commercial acumen.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills – with the ability to effectively engage and influence at all levels.
  • Creative problem solver with an inquisitive mind-set.
  • Well organised with proven experience of managing projects.


  • Led or been heavily involved in developing and delivering new procurement capabilities and tools.
  • Well established network of suppliers and relationships across telecoms and ICT industries.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in the satellite industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of software implementations and/or outsourcing projects.
  • CIPS or other procurement/supply chain qualification(s) – or working towards.


  • A Competitive Salary, pension scheme, and life assurance & private medical insurance
  • A generous and highly achievable bonus scheme – paid annually based on individual and company performance against targets
  • Along with 25 Days Annual Leave (excluding bank holidays) plus an Additional Day on us for your Birthday
  • Buy or sell up to 3 holiday days per annum
  • Free access to the Employee Assistance Programme

In addition to the above responsibilities, the jobholder is required to perform other reasonable duties as assigned by the line manager from time to time. 

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