Director of Indirect Procurement

Starting salary will be determined based on experience and credentials.

Chicago, IL


At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.

We are growing with accelerating speed and we acknowledge that the investment in our support functions has not kept step with our business growth and we now intend to address that. We are looking at how we develop our business “backbone” to ensure that Dyson develops its processes, practices and ways of working to deliver on our expectations for significant growth.

The Director of Indirect Procurement will be responsible for building this function as we continue to scale and expand the business. They will create a strategy to review all of our indirect partners and design plans to maximize these relationships to reduce costs for the organization. This individual will be tasked with leading strategic initiatives across sourcing, contract negotiations, and training. This position will report directly to Dyson Americas CFO. 

Market Overview

Dyson is a global technology company. Using a desire to make things work better as a catalyst for invention, our team of 3,000 engineers and scientists are passionate about developing technology that solves the problems others often ignore. From the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner, to hand dryers that use 420mph sheets of air to remove moisture from hands, to a completely re-thought hair dryer with its motor in the handle, we are relentless about engineering better solutions. Dyson spends $8.8million a week on research and development and works with more than 40 universities worldwide to develop early-stage technologies.

Dyson launched in the US in 2002, with the DC07 vacuum cleaner. Within 2 years, it was market share leader. Now, the US team is nearly 1,000 strong, with offices in Chicago, IL; Aurora, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Dyson people around the entire country. And we are still growing. Dyson US is poised to double its footprint, and take on new categories. Already a target for our competitors, challenging times are ahead. And our battle-hungry US team is fired up.

Function Overview

Procurement at Dyson plays a vital role in strategic decision making. Ultimately it affects the very design of our machines and the growth ambitions of the business. In the balance between quality and price, quality must always win. So our global team needs to be rigorous in selection. Meticulous in determining standards, researching suppliers, analyzing value and negotiating contracts. Challenging and diverse, their work creates a dynamic, driven team. Where the ‘next big thing’ relies on their ability to deliver agile, lean solutions as much as the inventiveness of Dyson engineers’ themselves.


  • Leadership of the regional procurement function, leading business-wide optimization of our cost base by gaining support and cooperation from management teams and key business partners:
    • Lead and coordinate sourcing projects to ensure completion to meet project/business needs
    • Lead the supplier selection & negotiation process, coordinating the relevant cross-functional teams and ensuring best value from the supplier-base
    • Ensure, following contract award, that appropriate supplier relationship and performance management structures and mechanisms are deployed to effectively manage contract adherence & performance
    • Support a continuous improvement program to advance procurement processes, governance and capabilities across the group
    • Efficiency, cost reduction, optimization, institute and manage RFP process,
  • Building procurement best practice in an organization that is rapidly scaling and growing.
  • Convert functional strategy into actions with clear accountability for implementation.
  • Implement processes and ways of working to ensure we have “just enough” process to deliver business change and control.


  • At least 10+ years of relevant experience and a Bachelors degree in business or supply chain is required for this position. (MBA Preferred)
  • 5+ years of experience managing indirect categories such as Professional Services, IT and Plant & equipment
  • Previously success leading and developing a procurement team and sponsoring business change across the company
  • Proven track record in delivering results in favorable and unfavorable  conditions
  • Working in and leading cross-functional teams
  • Successful ability to create supplier relationships & measure supplier performance
  • Strong category knowledge and the ability to move across indirect categories.  Understanding of the total supply chain value proposition and how it applies to developing the strategy, demonstrates the ability to understand the market and can anticipate trends.
  • Self-starter, dynamic and results-driven; able to handle a complex workload and overcome obstacles in a pressurised environment
  • Distils complex situations into manageable tasks and interdependencies; captures requirements and manages work scope; where necessary, leads defined elements of a project plan; identifies & mitigates risks; communicates with all stakeholders; delivers project to specification, on time and within established budget
  • Is logical and methodical; makes effective inferences & deductions; seldom stops at the first possible solution; quick to consider the implications of the solution
  • Clearly communicates at all levels using appropriate tools, techniques and channels in different situations

Benefits Overview

Dyson US monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries, holidays and retirement plans. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy profit-related bonuses and life and disability cover. But financial rewards are just the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fueling and realizing ambition.

Dyson is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with Dyson and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please send an e-mail with your contact information, the job number of the position for which you are interested in applying, and the nature of your request to or call (312) 706-2260. Determinations of requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


Dyson is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Posted: 8-Jan-2018

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