Senior Buyer

BAE Systems
Kent, Rochester, England
16 May 2018
30 May 2018
Elizabeth Burn

Senior Buyer/Senior Buyer Specialist

Would you excel in a challenging procurement role within Electronic Systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Buyer/Senior Buyer Specialist at our site in Rochester.

As a Senior Buyer/Senior Buyer Specialist, you will be responsible for the management of a supplier or group of suppliers for a particular business area or product/commodity group. You will maintain strong relationships with suppliers, internal project teams and functions to ensure that the requirements of the business are satisfied, and that the future relationship with the supplier is understood and managed effectively.

This role will provide you with the opportunity of gaining fantastic exposure to the wider business whilst building a strong internal stakeholder network.

It will also provide the chance to really influence high profile, long term programmes from an early stage having a direct impact.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Buyer/Senior Buyer Specialist will involve:

Receiving requisitions and demands, negotiating with suppliers, and processing Purchase Orders, Purchase Order Amendments and/or Purchase Agreements in accordance with Procurement processes and procedures, and the requirements of the business

Negotiating Terms and Conditions, Price Agreements and other contractual documents with suppliers, and resolve most areas of conflict

Maintaining strong, effective relationships with suppliers that are capable of withstanding set-backs, and be able to resolve relationship and performance issues

Understanding the budget requirements for the Purchase Orders you are responsible for, and to support achievement of these requirements, as well as identifying opportunities for cost reduction/avoidance through effective negotiation with the supplier

Understanding and communicating key performance indicators for the suppliers you are responsible for, and be able to engage with and address issues at a senior level within the supplier organisation

Understanding and supporting the implementation of corporate Procurement processes (Strategic Supplier Management, Sub-Contract Management, and Commodity Management) as appropriate to area of responsibility

Assisting to train/coach junior members of staff on Procurement processes and procedures and support audits of these, including supporting the implementation of improvement plans

Acting as an independent interface between suppliers and the business, demonstrating effective relationship management skills

Your skills and qualifications:

Demonstrable experience in a procurement role (ideally in a manufacturing environment)

Degree level/ HNC/ HND/ qualification in Business Studies or equivalent

Proficient IT user (ERP/ MRP systems, Microsoft packages)

Ability to negotiate and influence stakeholders of various levels

MCIPS or studying towards desirable

Aerospace/ defence industry experience desirable

What we're looking for in you:

To be successful in this role, we are looking for a confident and organised candidate. This role involves working as part of a team, therefore being a team player is important. You will have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. We are also looking for someone who has good attention to detail with good negotiation skills.

Location: Rochester

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Electronic Systems

We support a range of commercial and military platforms, including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ground vehicles, human-machine interfaces and power management. Our systems operate in more than 100 countries with 25 air forces, 30 manufacturers and 280 airlines. Around 1,500 professionals work here, all focused on delivering innovation and outstanding customer responsiveness. We are a rapidly growing and successful part of one of the world's leading defence, security and aerospace companies.

We pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of. You'll have the opportunity to work from concept to completion, giving you real ownership of projects. Whatever you do, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference to people's lives.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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