Category Lead - Procurement

Posted: 14/05/22
Recruiter:Partner Recruiter
Industry: Construction, Financial, Recruitment, Security
Description: Stevenage

MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary up to £68K DOE + Bonus + Benefits

The Opportunity:

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Major Equipment Procurement (MEP) function for MBDA UK.

MEP focus on the sourcing, contracting and supply of bespoke high value / high complexity sub-systems, services and supporting new technology acquisition needed to deliver world-leading defence capabilities for our home Nations and their Allies. We are also responsible for developing and maintaining long term, open, collaborative and commercially robust business relationships with Suppliers who are designing and delivering complex sub-systems and unique services for MBDA and its Customers.

We are seeking a Senior Procurement Manager who will develop procurement strategies for sourcing this category, focussing on delivering equipment and services to support MBDA UK's domestic and export programmes.

The Role:

As a Senior Manager in this role, you will have, or develop, a broad knowledge of the global marketplace in which your allocated equipment and services reside including potential Suppliers' technology capabilities, business environment, cost baselines and programme timeline drivers.

Using this knowledge, you will bring robust and innovative procurement strategies to the business that support our needs for domestic and export campaigns, programmes and product lines.

The role will be a mixture of market research, capability analysis, financial understanding and operational delivery where needed.

Key aspects of the role involve:

Understanding how the business is developing, its future requirements and markets to inform our Procurement and Supply Chain direction

Manage and influence key internal Stakeholders across the business, building collaborative relationships to give the procurement agenda credibility and visibility across the business

Applying a disciplined Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) framework in necessary strategic engagements with Suppliers to build the forward-looking picture

Analyse overall performance and capabilities in current and potential Suppliers, across the allocated equipment and services with focus on MBDA and Supplier technology alignment reporting to management and business leaders as required

Define, implement and deliver a strategic plan for the allocated equipment and services, in line with the overall procurement and business strategy

Keep up to date on trends, best practice and legislation, advising managers and leaders of any changes which will be necessary to process or industrial policy

Ensure compliance with company guidelines by adoption of best in class procurement practices

What's in it for you?

You will be joining a highly skilled, energetic supply chain team who strive for personal and professional excellence such that they are the recognised leaders within MBDA for delivering global through life equipment and service Procurement solutions to support business aims and our end Customer's needs.

Our work is complex, challenging and varied. However, we all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work, deliver sustainable Defence capability to UK Armed forces and other international governments.

This unique role will provide visibility and business management experience across key MBDA project areas, exposing you to a range of complex and advanced products and technologies.

Who are we looking for?

An enthusiastic, proactive and adaptable individual able to deal with changeable / ambiguous complex situations throughout the contract lifecycle whilst remaining motivated and calm.

An ability to understand customer needs and business drivers and convert this into, and successfully deliver, procurement strategies and complex business arrangements in satisfaction of current and new programmes.

A natural communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, with experience in driving multi-functional teams and delivering to challenging timescales.

An individual who is flexible and adaptable - there may be significant global travel as part of the role!

Qualifications & Experience:

Substantial experience in a senior Procurement or Supply Chain related role, ideally in a Defence, Aerospace or similar contracting environment.

Demonstrable evidence of innovation and implementation of best practice in a Procurement or Supply Chain context.

Ideally, degree qualified in a business discipline, relevant procurement or supply chain accreditations or equivalent experience.

What's great about the team?

The MEP team is an integral part of the MBDA Programmes organisation and offers opportunities to be involved in complex UK and international programmes.

MEP is a multi-national department with equivalent teams in France, Italy and Germany, with a global supply base. The MEP role offers opportunities to build international networks and to be exposed to, and work with, other cultures.

Join a dedicated team who support one another in what are common goals across the Directorate, willing to impart knowledge and experience.

Why us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families - the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role

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