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Procurement Category Manager

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
12 Feb 2021

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The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to play a very significant part in the development of our supply strategy.  This is a key role in shaping our supply strategy, delivering a progressive, efficient and cost effective category strategy through our supplier base but very importantly through and in conjunction with our stakeholder community.

 What are we looking for?
  • Ideally CIPS qualified but as a minimum should be able to demonstrate a very good level of professional procurement rigour and academic capability.
  • Should able to demonstrate a significant level of depth and breadth in Procurement strategic and operational experience  
  • A very goal orientated individual with strong cultural awareness, excellent team building capabilities who is capable of taking key strategic decisions.
  • Excellent analytical/Excel capabilities and ideally experience of SAP.

What’s in it for you?
  • The opportunity to gain experience and knowledge across a number of strategically important categories
  • You join at a very exciting time, having reorganised through 2020 it is a perfect time to push the role and immerse yourself in the opportunities and experiences that this brings.
  • You will have very broad and often senior stakeholder engagement and opportunity to influence
  • Regular on the job training and development, a number of the team have had their professional development funded
  • Regular travel to suppliers and other MBDA locations once we return from current restrictions

What would you get?

Flexible working, great 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

To manage a multifunctional team in the sourcing and management of suppliers within the Mechanical Domain, undertaking strategic development, competitions, contract management, supplier relations management with the aim of supporting innovation and to ensure supply chain performance (On Time, On Cost, On Quality)
  • Working as a business partner with your internal stakeholder to improve business outcomes
  • Managing suppliers market risk and opportunities to support the MBDA technology roadmap and production plan.
  • The development and implementation of contracts and Frame Agreements
  • Ultimately responsible for the supplier relationships, working with the MBDA virtual category teams to deliver innovative and best in class suppliers to the Business
  • Accountable for the supplier performance, principally around cost, quality and delivery
  • Intelligently developing and deploying a range of sourcing strategies in cooperation with internal stakeholders

What’s great about the team?

The ISP-S Procurement & Supply Chain Team is a diverse mix of experience and developing professionals, made up of in house developed talent and experience from outside of MBDA.
  • The team is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, placing great value on sharing knowledge and exchange of ideas
  • The team cover a broad remit with a wide range of contracts from short turnaround low value to strategically important product contracts
  • This is a great opportunity to work with a broad range of stakeholders in what is a fascinating company/sector
  • The team is very results focussed, delivering cost and service optimisation in a supportive environment where team spirit is highly valued

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.


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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