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Procurement Specialist



London, UK
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024
Copper is a digital asset technology company dedicated to helping institutional investors safely acquire, trade, and store crypto assets.

Built and led by Dmitry Tokarev, a software and financial engineering specialist, the firm provides a comprehensive suite of custody, trading and settlement solutions that reduce counterparty risk and bring greater capital and operational efficiency to digital asset markets. At the heart of Copper's offering is Multi-Party Computation (MPC) technology – the gold standard in secure custody. Copper’s multi-award winning custody system is unique in that it can be connected to centralised exchanges, DeFi applications and even staking pools without the assets leaving the custody.

Built on top of this state-of-the-art custody, ClearLoop™ is the first solution in the market that overcomes a growing industry challenge; counterparty risk with exchanges. This solution underpins a full prime services offering, connecting global exchanges and enabling customers to trade and settle directly from the safety of their MPC-secured wallets. By reducing settlement time for transfers to a few milliseconds (without blockchain network dependency) and offering enhanced security measures, ClearLoop™ is rapidly reshaping the way asset managers trade and manage capital.

In addition to industry-leading security certifications, Copper has one of the strongest insurance coverages in the industry from an A+ rated insurer, positioning the firm as the partner of choice for institutions seeking to safeguard their assets.

Department environment

Copper’s finance team provides critical information to the company's leadership to facilitate effective management, strategic decision making and provide insights into key data and metrics driving our businesses growth. Our team has several disciplines including Finance Operations, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Tax, Revenue Operations and Procurement. Each of these teams plays an important role in supporting the wider business through day to day operations (commercial deal support, invoice processing, cash collection, etc.), regular reporting (budget v actuals, forecasting, cash and liquidity management etc.), performance management (KPI, sales metrics and financials) and other specialised activities (tax compliance/structuring, vendor selection etc.). Our team's ultimate goal is to be a best in class support function to the global Copper business and help ensure all departments performance against objectives as our business scales.

Key Responsibilities of the role

  • Vendor management
    • Negotiating new vendor agreements.
    • Negotiating annual renewals (with a focus on cost reduction and optimisation).
    • Building relationships with key suppliers to ensure best possible service delivered to Copper.
    • Ensure entity specific regulatory requirements are addressed by our vendors.
  • Project management
    • Manage annual renewal cycle for ~300 suppliers ensuring all renewal deadlines are met.
    • Continuously improve the renewal process to automate and scale.
    • Own the end-to-end procurement process, including procurement policy and stakeholder approval flows.
  • Business partnering
    • Critically evaluate spend across the business to develop a deep understanding of cost drivers.
    • Work closely with Heads of business units to identify cost reduction and optimisation opportunities.
    • Provide valuable input into regular FP&A forecasting, budgeting and long-range planning exercises.

Your experience, skills and knowledge

  • A strong negotiation toolkit to be deployed when working with our suppliers.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a purchasing function with a proven track record in strategic purchasing delivering effective purchasing strategies, policies, processes and systems
  • Experience in implementing purchasing strategies and processes to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets
  • A strategic thinking and understanding of Procurement processes in a fast-growing company
  • At least 3-5 years post CIPS qualified experience. Newly qualified with similar experience will be considered.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, results oriented with ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines and commercially and financially astute with experience of managing budgets.


  • Procurement experience in SaaS / Fin Tech company would be an advantage.
  • Experience working in Series C/D company.

The benefits offered

  • Holidays: 27 days per annum paid holiday, in addition to bank holidays
  • Years of Service Days: Employees are awarded one additional day of paid time off per year of service (up to three years)
  • Vitality Health:
    • Medical Insurance: Copper provides all employees with individual cover. Medical history is disregarded, and a 24/7 virtual GP is available (£100 excess per person per year)
    • Dental Insurance: Comprehensive dental cover for preventative, restorative and emergency treatment
    • Audiology Cover: Employees can claim back up 80% of costs, up to £300, for any hearing tests or hearing aids
    • Optical Cover: £500 optical cover (through Vision Express) or 80% reimbursement up to £300 for any other optician
    • Menopause Support: Unlimited support for those experiencing symptoms of the menopause, such as video consultations with a dedicated menopause practitioner
    • Vitality services also include an additional £100 for minor diagnostic tests and private prescriptions, including home diagnostics
    • Headspace - Copper's policy provides all employees with a free Headspace subscription. Headspace provides great resources to manage stress, improve sleep, meditate and enhance mindfulness
    • Discounts and free benefits - the Vitality programme has been designed for preventative care to encourage members to improve their overall health and will reward those for doing so. Employees can access additional benefits such as 50% off running shoes, discounted health screenings, 50% off at Nuffield Health or Virgin Active gyms and much more
  • Home Working Energy Support Scheme: to combat energy prices increasing globally, Copper will provide you, in addition to your salary, with a monthly top-up of £60 or £75 (subject to your energy supplier)
  • Pension up to 10% matched contribution to our company pension scheme via Smart Pensions
  • Cycle to Work
  • Life Insurance cover: Four times your base salary
  • EAP: access unlimited mental health consultations and contact a 24/7 confidential helpline for emotional support
  • Unmind
  • Sponsored Learning and Development opportunities
  • Regular company events and social activities

In return for everything you can bring to Copper, we can offer you an exciting, challenging role in a fast-growing and dynamic business, with career opportunities and welcoming working environment.

If you think you have everything we're looking for and more, then we'd love you to apply for the opportunity.

Copper is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and equal opportunities in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. So, bring us your experience, perspectives, and skills. It is in our differences that we will continue to grow and ensure Copper is transforming how institutional investors engage with digital assets. Copper is a Disability Confident Employer, please let us know if you have a disability. If you require us to provide any assistance during the recruitment process, then we would ask you to highlight this to us and we will be happy to accommodate.