Group Category Manager - Networks, Telecoms and Securit

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
19 Sep 2019

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The Opportunity
An opportunity has arisen for a procurement professional to join the IM procurement team.  Working in an international context, the successful candidate will bring their experience and knowledge to ensure effective category management across the Network, Telecoms and (IT) Security perimeter.   The team works across the MBDA group in a changing environment, managing and implementing both mature services and new services and technologies.
The Role
To manage an international, multifunctional team in the sourcing and management of suppliers within the Network, Telecoms and (IT) Security (NTS) perimeter, undertaking contract management and competitions to ensure the procurement of contracts at the best possible price, delivery and quality with the purpose of optimising operational service and contributing to company savings targets.
Key success factors:
  • Working as a business partner with our IM colleagues to improve business outcomes
  • Creating and implementing supplier relationships to deliver new technologies and services to the business
  • Intelligently developing and deploying a range of sourcing strategies in cooperation with internal stakeholders
  • Aggregating and coordinating requirements across the MBDA Group (and, where appropriate, with MBDA shareholders) to ensure that we are able to optimise the MBDA position
What’s in it for you?
  • The role provides an excellent opportunity to:
    • join a growing company, working in a challenging environment;
    • influence the evolution of the company’s IM environment; and
    • develop new models for the implementing (or discarding) of new solutions
  • The position will involve working and travelling internationally with fellow procurement professionals, with internal stakeholders (internal customers, procurement colleagues, legal advisors) and with key suppliers
  • Well resourced training and development programmes
What’s great about the team?
  • The IM procurement team is an excellent mixture of experienced and developing professionals located in UK, France and Italy
  • The team is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, placing great value on sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas;
  • The team covers a broad range of topics, with a wide range of contracts ranging from short turnaround low value to strategically important service contacts.
  • The team works with a wide range of stakeholders, based both in the UK and in the rest of the group, including the small UK legal team.
  • The team successfully delivers the service levels and the cost optimisation required by the business within a supportive environment where team spirit is highly value
What are we looking for?
  • Ideally a degree calibre procurement professional with experience of working in an international environment
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated their ability to create effective teams (in a culturally sensitivity environment) supported by excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A proven ability to:
    • influence multi-functionally, multi-nationally and at all levels within the organisation
    • implement technology and service changes when working with internal stakeholders
    • identify and implement negotiation strategies through a multi-function team
  • Good understanding of IT goods / services and the evolution of the category
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, 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.
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MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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