Procurement Manager – Operational

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8282S
  • Closing date 7th Feb 2021

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

An exciting new opportunity has arisen within ISP for a Procurement Manager, responsible for developing, implementing and driving operational effectiveness and efficiency throughout the procurement function and broader business.
The ISP organisation is responsible for procuring and managing the 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.

What are we looking for?
  • HND in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering and or Business Studies or applicable experience desired
  • Commercial acumen, CIPS qualified desired.
  • Excellent team leadership, collaboration, building and communication skills, both written and verbal (Adaptation)
  • Proactive approach / self-starter (Lead)
  • Excellent negotiation/influencing skills (Lead)
  • Good knowledge of cost make-up and pricing (Lead)
  • Knowledge and experience of SAP desired (preferably Materials Management)
  • Ability to operate within a European cultural framework
  • French/Italian language skills would be an advantage but not essential
  • Understanding of Product Assurance / Supply Chain Assurance (continuous improvement philosophy)
  • Project Management skills
  • Risk Management skills
  • People Management and development

What’s in it for you?

As a Procurement Manager you will be driving towards achieving a vision of ‘Creating and enabling the conditions to shape the best performing and sustainable supply base capable of supporting MBDA’s global leadership’.
This role provides a fantastic opportunity for the successful individual to take on a focused role requiring tangible deliverables and managing a team of buyers;
  • You will be working in a collaborative, fast-paced, multi-national, energetic team who strive for personal and professional excellence.
  • Future growth and development opportunities
  • On-the-job training and mentoring
  • 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 would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role

Accountable for the leadership and management of the ISP-S UK Operational Buyer & Procurement Services, consisting of a team of 7 direct reports, in order to:
  • Create a clear vision for the Operational Procurement Team, providing direction and functional support
  • Be the single owner of all ISP-S Operational Procurement and as such dealing with multiple levels of stakeholders, including Heads Of, senior programme, manufacturing and technical personnel.
  • Deliver strategic change through best practice and functional excellence
  • Driving the delivery of key Supply Chain objectives, with particular focus on innovative procurement efficiencies to achieve long term savings and lead time reduction
  • Responsible for the production and reporting of Procurement KPIs, identifying, monitoring and delivering of specific procurement opportunities. This will involve briefing within the Procurement Team, broader ISP Team, Senior Management and above.
  • Promote good internal Procurement practices across MBDA with the aim of eliminating rogue purchases
  • Deputy for the Procurement Manager and as such dealing with senior programme and Heads of for all ISP-S Procurement activity

What’s great about the team?

Opportunity to join a dynamic, focused and experienced procurement team responsible for the sourcing of Direct goods and services across all MBDA UK projects.
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 welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.
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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎


MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.


We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
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With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.


We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.