Procurement Engineer

Al Futtaim Group

Job Description

Procurement Engineer – Information Technology and Infra | AFET | Dubai, UAE

What you will do

  • Procurement professional, assigned to manage Procurement transactions related to Low Current Systems/ICT Systems.
  • Provide cost-effective, efficient, and professional procurement services to multiple projects, clients, divisions, and businesses within AFET.
  • Develop procurement plans and requisition schedules along with AFET units.
  • Adapt standard form of contracts, in conjunction with Group legal, for the procurement of various maintenance agreements, service agreements, and agreements of purchase.
  • Prepare Request for Quotations and issue them to appropriate vendors for bidding.
  • Process requisitions for engineered and non-engineered goods, in a timely manner and ensure that the best commercial option is selected for the company’s benefit.
  • Prepare purchase orders, rates, framework agreements, and labor supply agreements with clearly agreed terms and conditions, to mitigate the company’s exposure to various risks.
  • Actively participate in the development of labor supply strategies of the various projects and divisions, along with creating action plans, negotiating, and concluding the labor supply agreements and rates with a multiple of  
  • qualified vendors, and coordinating and implementing the agreed-upon strategies with the stakeholders.
  • Ensure materials ordered conform to the specifications and to the required quality.
  • Responsible for effectively negotiating online and offline for pricing, delivery, and commercial terms, monitoring supplier performance in every milestone, proper reconciliation of purchase orders, closure of commitments, recovery of cost, and uploading back into the ERP system.
  • Assist in resolving any commercial problems, which result prior to or after placement of the purchase order.
  •  Prepare regular status reports on outstanding orders and highlight any potential problems before they occur.
  • Undertake vendor development and analysis.
  • Ensure purchasing, expediting, and material control functions are performed to the company standards.
  • Review expenditure against approved budgets.
  • Review inquiry and material delivery status and take (or recommend) appropriate recovery action where required.
  • Ensure that purchasing and vendor records are fully maintained and updated.
  • Participate in quality audits and expedite closeout of any findings.
  • Participate in price negotiation for engineered equipment and significant bulk material orders with a view to achieving substantial savings for the company.
  • Ensure timely procurement and delivery of approved materials, in accordance with schedule requirements.
  •  Implement the strategy of consolidated opportunities for collaborative procurement.
  • Ensure that the stakeholders are kept up to date with the current status of the orders.
  • Coordinate with concerned stakeholders for timely updates on requisitions status, in accordance with schedule requirements.
  • Promote inter-departmental communication.
  • Ensure that all approvals comply with the Group’s authority matrix.

Process & System


  • Apply the P2P ERP Process for all procurement transactions by creating POs/Contracts via the ERP system.
  • Monitor the procurement process to maintain the efficiency of daily operations.
  • Provide guidance to the assigned team members to ensure compliance with the procurement process.
  • Assist the head of the department in transforming the system into an efficient automated system of the procurement process.
  • Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness.
  • Implement the set administrative, purchasing, and clerical procedures to maintain the efficiency of the Procurement function.
  • Ensure approvals are obtained in accordance with the relevant policies and the Delegation of Authority (DOA).

People Excellence (internal/external customer engagement and relationship management):


  • To create an environment where the company’s values are clearly visible.
  • To create an environment which is a great place to work for you and your colleagues through your dedication, enthusiasm, sharing of knowledge, honesty, and desire to support others.
  • To display excellent standards in all you do and inspire others to do the same, and that you operate within legislative/regulatory and company policies and procedures.
  • To display confidence, self-belief, and openness to new ideas, adapting and embracing challenges and opportunities with a determination to excel.
  • Continuously develop own skills by attending all required training   courses and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of products, services, systems, and work processes.


Required Skills to be successful

  • Strong and strategic negotiation skills.
  • Extensive experience of developing business specific contracts and agreements.
  • Capable of employing effective tactics for negotiating costs and contracts.
  • Detailed oriented without loosing sight of the big picture.
  • Familiarity with purchasing fundamentals and a complete understanding of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Strong technical knowledge of material and engineered equipment, especially in ELV/ICT domain.
  • Solid knowledge of software licenses’ terms and regulations.
  • Capable of working directly with internal and external stakeholders and managing expectations against rapid growth deadlines.
  • Expertise in improving ERP systems functionalities to implement procurement process integrating all business facets.

What equips you for the roleMinimum Qualifications and Knowledge:Degree in Engineering (Mechanical / Electrical) or equivalent.Professional certification in Procurement is preferred.Must have knowledge of FIDIC or FAR.Degree in Business Management or equivalent, CIPS are an advantage.Minimum Experience: Minimum of 5 years in a Procurement role, specifically in domain of ELV/ICT Projects and annual maintenance contracts.Solid knowledge of cost estimation and commercial procurement.Solid knowledge of ERPs and E-Procurement tools, such as ARIBA software.Strong knowledge in identifying material categories, value analysis, sourcing, and material accounting.Must have handled procurement of packaged equipment and engineered systems, bulk orders, rate contracts, lump sum subcontracts, and labour supply agreements.Must have strong and extensive contacts with various vendors, subcontractors, and labour supply companies.Technical knowledge of best procurement practices.Exposure to both bidding and tendering process.Exposure to detailed cost analysis and bids normalization.Interpersonal skills:Able to work across functional areas and levels of the organization and to interact at a distance.Listen well to others (empathy), client-centric (commercial mindset).Strong verbal and written communication: the ability to simplify, synthesize, and convince.English (full written and spoken fluency).Behavioural Competencies: Strong negotiation skills and strategic thinking.Energetic and motivational leadership styles focused on personal influence.Excellent planning and organizational skills.Highly adaptable and flexible in accepting new ideas, people, and procedures.Ability to work under pressure.Able to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple tasks effectively. 

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