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Procurement Executive (Aircraft & Engineering Services)

  • APD - Procurement & Aircraft Trading
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Application Deadline
    05 Oct 2022
Role Introduction

Reports To:Procurement Manager

The purpose of this post is to lead sourcing, supply management and procurement of the Airline. The role involves management, administration, and supervision of sourcing activities in accordance with established procurement rules and policies. Objectives of the position include: rationalisation of suppliers and spend, cost optimisation by seeking best value for money, evaluation and selection of suppliers, contract negotiations and adherence to internal and external compliance requirements around diversity, social responsibility and sustainability.


The role is a perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to grow a career in procurement and aviation as you will work with different parts of the business and gain experience managing a wide range of categories. You will take the lead to develop a category strategy, deliver savings, create value and drive positive change. The successful candidate will also support the category team on strategic projects.


The successful candidate will support the relevant category teams on strategic projects relating to the cost effective procurement of various support and services from aircraft and engine manufacturers, of aircraft, components and powerplants maintenance services, as well as the acquisition of flight training solutions including full flight simulators.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development and execution of category strategy: identifying and driving opportunities in conjunction with stakeholder departments and the Procurement Manager through supplier assessment and benchmarking processes and conducting detailed analytical work for planning purposes
  • Change Management: drive consolidation of the supply base and find opportunities to optimise expenditure, simplify related processes, and ensure consistency across local/remote offices
  • Market Research: understand the supplier market, existing solution offerings, future market trends, product alternatives, new business models, etc. Monitor the supply market that caters to our business needs
  • Stakeholder Management: effectively develop and maintain strong working-level relationships with business stakeholders to promote spend management strategies and ensure overall alignment between the business and procurement objectives
  • Leading end-to-end sourcing projects, from market research, preparation & management of RFx process using the Ariba e-sourcing platform, financial analysis, contract & commercial negotiations, team evaluation and contracting
  • Provide advice to cross-functional teams to implement strategies and ensure that existing strategies are consistently improved and implemented
  • Using SAP system for spend monitoring, ensuring best practice cost control mechanisms are in place
  • Assisting and supporting the category manager in carrying out any other relevant duties which may be required

  • University graduate. Business and aviation related degrees are an advantage
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience
  • A strong background in Procurement and a relevant professional qualification is an advantage (e.g. CIPS)
  • Strong commercial acumen and understanding of basic accounting principles
  • Experience in supply market analysis, cost evaluation, and contract management is an advantage
  • Ability to adapt and learn rapidly and be able to talk the language of the stakeholders
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements and basic contract law
  • Knowledge of Ariba e-procurement system is an advantage
  • Ability to work independently and meet demanding deadlines
  • Effective project management skills, numerate and good computer skills
  • Excellent people skills; including the ability to negotiate and influence internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to inspire and build trust and respect among the APD community
  • Demonstrated ability to define and implement strategies
  • Approachable and decisive
  • Willing to travel overseas as needed
Personal & Application Information

Cathay Pacific is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with our personal data policy and for recruitment purposes only. Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful. All related information will be kept in our file for up to 24 months. A copy of our Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request by contacting our Data Protection Officer.

Please note that with effect from 1 June 2022 onwards, all Cathay employees and contractors who work in Cathay City and all other Cathay Group Company premises in Hong Kong must have received a third dose of COVID 19 vaccine. Being tested regularly for COVID-19 is not an option. Consideration will be given to those who are unable to get vaccinated for valid medical reasons

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