Lead Buyer - RF

Competitive Salary & Benefits
07 Nov 2018
07 Dec 2018
Rosie Connor
Job Type
What’s the opportunity?
The ISP organisation is responsible for procuring and managing supply chain for direct and indirect products and services for both projects and the business. Business  is spread across UK, France and Italy. An opportunity has arisen in the RF team for of a buyer of RF Sub-assemblies and Test Equipment in support of Manufacturing and Engineering.  
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the RF team for a Lead Buyer, leading negotiations with suppliers to optimise cost, delivery and quality of products.
What will you be doing?
  • Supporting the development & implementation of MBDA Group Category strategy, pro-actively providing ideas and solutions.
  • Leading negotiations with suppliers to optimise cost, delivery and quality of products.
  • Taking active participation, in multifunctional and international teams, to support definition and negotiation strategies for specific categories and/or projects. Leading national multi-functional teams as required.
  • Managing suppliers and, where necessary, building up longer-term supplier management expectations.
  • Contributing to managing supplier performance in support of the Supply Chain Managers Operational targets.
  • Building strong relationships with Internal customers in order to effectively serve their needs, often with shorter than expected timescales.
  • Actively supporting functional excellence programmes, identifying and developing areas for improvement where new processes may be required.
  • Providing and sometimes presenting briefs and reports for Senior Management reviews including potential issues/risks.
  • Identifying & securing savings opportunities to the benefit of MBDA competiveness.
  • Raising & negotiating contract documents.
  • Raising, maintaining and managing Request for Quotations, Purchase Orders and outstanding order books in an effective and timely manner.
What are the benefits for you?
  • You will be working in a fast-paced, multi-national, energetic procurement team who strive for personal and professional excellence.
  • On-the-job training and mentoring in addition to supporting CIPS training for promising individuals.
  • International travel will be included as part of the multi-national nature of the team, providing you with the opportunity to learn and work with other cultures.
Who and what we are looking for from you?
  • Significant practical experience, vocational or academic qualifications.
  • Experience in RF technologies e.g. Antennas, Microwave circuits, Test Equipment, Interconnects, RF Components.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawing data packs.
  • Significant experience in raising and managing contracts
  • Competence in understanding of technical queries with the ability to liaise between suppliers and customers.
  • Good understanding of cost make up.
  • Strong team skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Good influencing skills.
  • A proactive & flexible approach to plan and meet demanding deadlines.
Why you should come and work at MBDA 
  • MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees in industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe’s leading guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base.
  • Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out.  Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards.
What you would get
  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance without restrictions.
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