Lead Buyer - Electrical / Electronic Category

Competitive Salary & Benefits
07 Feb 2019
09 Mar 2019
Rosie Connor
Job Type


The Role
The ISP organisation is responsible for procuring and managing supply chain for direct and indirect products and services for both projects and the business. Total spend is approximately €500M per year across UK, France and Italy.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Electrical / Electronic team for a lead buyer in the electrical / electronic domain in support of Manufacturing and Engineering.  
The Opportunity



  • 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’s in it 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.

What are we looking for?



  • Significant practical experience, vocational or academic qualifications.
  • Strong ability to read and interpret drawing data packs (essential).
  • Experience in Electrical / Electronic technologies e.g. Test Equipment, Interconnects, Electronic Components.
  • 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

What would you get?



  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, discounted private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), and superb learning and development & career opportunities.

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