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Procurement Analyst, Africa



IT, Operations
Accra, Ghana
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.

Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

As the Procurement Analyst for Africa, you will work closely with facility leads and the strategic finance team to control costs on purchases and optimize procurement processes at Zipline. Our operations involve the procurement of various supplies and contract negotiations and the procurement analyst will help manage the procurement processes, ensure timely delivery of supplies, minimize operational costs, and have a strong understanding of CAPEX (Capital Expenditures), OPEX (Operational Expenditures), as well as high-level procurement, strategic planning, and budget management. Your expertise will ensure the effective allocation of resources, cost control, and the ability to make informed decisions that align with our long-term business objectives.

What You'll Do

  1. Cost Control: You will be instrumental in controlling purchase costs by managing our consolidated plans for each country and negotiating favorable contracts.
  2. Collaboration with Facility Leads: You will work closely with facility leads to understand their specific procurement needs and requirements and share necessary approvals. By fostering strong communication channels and aligning procurement activities with the facility team, you will ensure that purchasing decisions are tailored to meet operational demands while optimizing costs.
  3. Strategic Finance Team Alignment: Collaboration with the strategic finance team is essential for aligning procurement activities with overall financial goals and objectives. You will work with the strategic finance team to develop cost control measures, analyze procurement spending data, and forecast future procurement needs. This collaborative approach will ensure that procurement decisions are aligned with Zipline's financial strategies.
  4. Supplier Sourcing & Relationship Management: Building and maintaining relationships with suppliers is crucial for this role in ensuring timely delivery of supplies and securing favorable terms. You will establish strong supplier partnerships, negotiate contracts and monitor supplier performance to mitigate risks and optimize procurement outcomes.

What You'll Bring

  • At Least 7 years of experience in procurement, or related roles preferably in logistics or technology industries.
  • Proven ability to manage vendor relationships, negotiate contracts, and drive cost-saving initiatives.
  • Strong data gathering and analytics and reporting skills. Ability to work efficiently with computing systems and procurement software systems.
  • Strong understanding of procurement principles, best practices and excellent sourcing processes.
  • Experience mentoring and providing guidance to teams.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and collaborate cross-functionally with internal and external stakeholders to achieve business objectives.

What Else You Need to Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

Please Note

We have received reports stating that certain individuals are reaching out to people under false pretenses, claiming to be Zipline employees, affiliates, agents, or representatives. They may seek to gain access to your personal information or to acquire money from you by offering fictitious employment opportunities or by claiming that they are contacting you on Zipline’s behalf.

Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.