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Supply Chain Manager - Materials

BAE Systems
Hampshire, England, Portsmouth
Closing date
26 Feb 2021

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Materials, Mechanical
Defence, Marine
Job Type
Engineering Manager
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Would you like to play a key part in a Supply Chain? We currently have a vacancy for a Supply Chain Manager at our site in Portsmouth.

As a Supply Chain Manager, you will be reporting to the Ship Repair Delivery Supply Chain Manager, to work with the Commercial, Operations and Engineering teams to provide a resource to plan, select, negotiate, purchase, expedite and make available materials to meet stringent project cost, quality and timescales requirements.

You will be working with the relevant Category Manager, implementing contracts and making contract amendments for materials whilst enabling agreements to provide business risk assurance and value for money commitments. You will contribute to the development of the warship support supply chain function to harness opportunities for the operations delivery, the function and BAES wide strategic initiatives. You will provide governance for all processes associated with the supply of materials and manage a team of procurement professionals.

This role is an Executive role that will provide you with the opportunity to develop further across Supply Chain and a platform to develop your skills further across the business

Your main responsibilities as a Supply Chain Manager will involve:

Executing all material procurements in conjunction with the Engineering, Operations and Project Management teams making sure timescales and lead times are embedded in the project plan

Selecting the appropriate make/buy and implementing category/supplier solutions developed by the category team

Working closely with the category managers to ensure contracted terms and value for money solutions are delivered and providing the best solutions for the business, that combines least cost, risk, with highest quality schedule compliance

Purchasing using online tools and the ERP system (SAP) in compliance with supply chain procedures and best practice

Expediting hard and soft deliverables on time and in full and to the correct quality standards. Identifying potential risks and issues and work with the wider team to find resolutions

Managing the project lifecycle, ensuring deliverables are met, and amendments are implemented. Closing out contracts at end of life with no enduring liabilities

Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with all key stakeholders, including customer and suppliers, maintaining regular communication and managing expectations

Managing the material risks and opportunities within the project using the appropriate business processes to ensure these are effectively and appropriately addressed, escalating where necessary for senior and / or independent decision making and support

Your skills and qualifications:


Solid Supply Chain best practice knowledge and experience

Able to drive strategy execution

Can lead the effective implementation of corporate procurement processes and develop procurement policy

Experience of deployed support contracts and international contracting

Proven track record of successfully driving teams


Experience as a lead within an organisation of an equivalent size and scope

Experience within Defence supply chain

MCIPS or working towards

What we're looking for in you:

You will be able to build trusted, long term customer relationships whilst building a team environment that delivers growth and continuous improvement. You can view the business from a customer perspective, identifying opportunities to improve collaboration and be supportive of others to communicate more effectively across businesses and markets. You will be able to build alliances and use complex strategies to shape opinions and influence individuals, groups, external partners, businesses and customers

Location: Portsmouth

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy's complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there's Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you'll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.


At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

We’re pleased to launch a BAE Systems first; an interactive video. If you are interested in learning more about working with submarines, click the link below to experience, in your own way, a day in the life at the BAE Systems submarine shipyard.

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