Head of Procurement

ABOUT US

Our mission is to bring people together to turn the tide on ocean plastic. It's our belief that we don’t need a handful of people doing sustainability perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly. We have big plans and ambitions and have some great backing behind us - Ocean Bottle is made up of a lean but growing team and this is an opportunity to come join a brand that is going to change the world for the better.

Since launching in January 2019 Ocean Bottle has shipped hundreds of thousands of units to 88 countries and partnered with brands including Pangaia, Soho House, Universal Music, Golden Globes through to Ed Sheeran. We have collected 6,281,354 kgs of plastic and improved livelihoods at the same time, because whether at home or further afield, social justice is environmental justice. It’s our belief better ideas come from a more diverse team, we are proud of our diversity policy. Our work is driven by our impact pillars, which we put front and centre to what we do; Ocean Health, Social Good, Closing the Loop and Climate Action By 2025 our goal is to prevent the equivalent of 7 billion plastic bottles from entering the ocean. Will you help us get there?

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ABOUT YOU

We’re looking for our first Head of Procurement to provide leadership and direction to OB’s Global procurement requirements. This is an excellent opportunity for a data-driven professional to join a fast-growing startup.

Working closely with the Head of Operations and Head of NPD, you will be driving efficiencies and improvements across our supply chain, overall production costs and lead times, with a focus on ensuring sustainable procurement practices.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and deliver a global sourcing strategy and activities to support the agreed business objectives
  • Identify, qualify, contract and manage external Suppliers for direct products in line with the given budget
  • Ensure that the supply base meets our governance and sustainability of the suppliers’ companies
  • Drive continuous improvement across quality, efficiency, and costs, while working in an ever-changing and growing environment

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • 5+ years as an experienced sourcing leader ideally within the cosmetic, homeware, or lifestyle industry with a strong drive to continuous improvement on supplier performance
  • Experience with sourcing & manufacturing in China
  • Excellent analytical problem solving and experience with ERP systems; budgeting, planning, and expert knowledge of P&L
  • Core competence and deep technical experience in global sourcing, procurement and ERP
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation, and networking skills
  • You must be able to automate processes and also provide a delightful customer experience at all touch-points

Bonus Points (nonessential, but a bonus if you have them!)

  • Experience in sustainable supply chain management
  • Experience in scaling up ops/supply chain function from seed to series A, B
  • CIPS membership or equivalent

WHAT YOU’LL GET

We’re looking to pay a starting salary of £65,000 - £75,000 for this role, depending on experience. We are committed to ratcheting salaries as we grow, so you’ll be rewarded for being an amazing employee and contributing to our growth!

Fun stuff …

📈 ​Stock options: We provide stock options so you’re as invested in our future growth as we are!​
🏝️ Leave
: Around 6 weeks of annual leave (25 days paid holiday + bank holidays, and additional discretionary leave over the Christmas period)
🥳 Birthday leave
: The day off on your birthday - because who wants to work on their birthday!
Flexible working
: We have a hybrid working model which includes options for team remote-working months, flexible working, and flexible unpaid leave
🍼 Family leave
: Enhanced family leave for all employees based on tenure
🧘 Wellbeing resources
: £30 monthly wellbeing budget through Heka, and access to mental health platform, Spill
🍕 Team socials
: We have an awesome office based in the heart of Soho (Soho Square), with team-wide get-togethers and workshops on Wednesdays
🧳 Team trips
: We plan to do team trips twice a year if circumstances allow. While we’re still small we want to make the most of company weeks away and days spent at home or in different places
📚 Learning perks
: We’ll give you £200 towards books and learning materials every year, so your next read is on us
🌍 Carbon offsetting
: Did you know a Londoner’s average annual carbon footprint is 12.5 tonnes CO2, so to help combat this we include our employee’s footprint in our annual offsetting scheme.

To apply, please send your CV to team@oceanbottle.co