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     Date Submitted:25-08-2008
     Last Modified:25-08-2008 (03:11)
    Job information
     Current job:Procurement Officer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     KeywordsPurchasing Office / Wide adiministrative/clerical experience

    Desired employment / Occupational field


    Process control – Activity monitoring - Business support



    Work experience





    02/2008 to present

    Occupation or position held

    Purchasing of Professional Services

    Main activities and responsibilities

    ·       Monitor the process of Professional Services Purchase;

    ·       Daily screening of Purchase Requests release status;

    ·       Forward RFQ to Suppliers;

    ·       Reception of offers;

    ·       Raising of Purchase Orders through SAP R/3;

    ·       Manage the flow of information between the company and its Suppliers;

    ·       Independence in performing own job.

    Name and address of employer

    Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A., Via Saccomuro, 24 – 00131 Rome

    Type of business or sector

    Aerospace Industry




    03/2005 – 02/2008

    Occupation or position held

    Procurement & Contracts Department Support / PA to HR Manager

    Main activities and responsibilities

    ·       Support the Tender Manager in the process of the Invitation to Tenders (ITT): upload of administrative and technical reference documentation on ESA web based system (EMITS) and track the status of closure dates;

    ·       Mission to ESA establishment in Amsterdam for training course on EMITS, the ESA’s Electronic Mailing Invitation to Tender System;

    ·       Management of specific company web based tools (OCEANS, EMITS, Brainloop, CADM, Fax Registration System, Meeting Room Booking System, Travel/Hours Reporting System) related to Procurement & Contracts activities;

    ·       Duty travel to ESNIS HQs in Munich for training on OCEANS, the Contract Management Tool;

    ·       Process procurement documents (invoices & Contract Change Notice) and upload on dedicated tools;

    ·       Serve as a communication link in Rome for the Procurement team based in Munich;

    ·       Aptitude to organize work independently and set priorities so that deadlines are met.


    ·       Assist in all matters relating to Human Resources Administration and Training & Development Activities, such as internal communications, training initiatives, events and workshops planning, organization and management;

    ·       Prepare and submit to the Payroll Agency monthly reports about personnel attendance, extra hours, holidays, sickness, reimbursements and benefits;

    ·       Provide support to Language Training Administration, organize and follow-up Language Training Courses for employees and maintain training data;

    ·       Maintain a book of updated operational/administrative HR Procedures;

    ·       Prepare the company calendar including all European Public Holidays;

    ·       Assist in the maintenance of personal records of all employees;

    ·       Provide inputs and information to the HR Department in Munich and be the local contact point in Rome for Munich HR Department;

    ·       Manage travel expenses of the employees according to the Travel Policy in place and update the concerning database on a monthly basis to process salary reimbursement;

    ·       The position required fluency in English to interface with international personnel.

    Name and address of employer

    ESNIS - European Satellite Navigation Industries S.p.A., Via G. V. Bona, 85 – 00156 Rome

    Type of business or sector

    Aerospace Industry




    01/2004 – 06/2004

    Occupation or position held

    Executive Assistant

    Main activities and responsibilities

    ·       Main duties included managing the agenda and daily planning;

    ·       Supervision of phone calls;

    ·       Preparation and organisation of travel information and tickets;

    ·       Organize of internal and external meetings and receptions;

    ·       Present case-related documentation for discussions as required;

    ·       Team with other Executive Assistants and provide back-up assistance as needed.

    Name and address of employer

    Accenture S.p.A., Via del Tintoretto, 200 – 00142 Rome

    Type of business or sector





    02/2003 – 11/2003

    Occupation or position held

    Secretary to Managers

    Main activities and responsibilities

    ·       Day-to-day organization of documentation to process;

    ·       Perform documentation typing and word processing in accordance with a given format;

    ·       Transmit completed work to relevant Department;

    ·       Organize and maintain filing system.

    Name and address of employer

    Deloitte S.p.A., Via della Camilluccia, 589/a – 00135 Rome

    Type of business or sector

    Financial Analysis/Corporate Tax Accounting





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