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Lead Buyer: Direct Procurement

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14 Nov 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Do you thrive on the opportunity of having a direct influence on the direction of the business within a procurement environment?

The Industrial Policy, Supply Chain and Procurement (ISP) organisation is responsible for procuring and managing supply chain for direct and indirect products and services for both projects and the business, with a total spend of approximately €500M per year across UK, France and Italy.

As a Lead Buyer, you will be responsible for leading the procurement activities in a given category, working with the Category Manager, Supply Chain Manager and other key partners to drive procurement excellence and improvement. Supporting the creation and implementation of category strategy throughout the business, both nationally and internationally, with the purpose of maximising operational efficiency.

Reporting to the Procurement Manager, you will be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with suppliers and internal project teams and functions, ensuring the best contractual terms are achieved and that future relationships with the suppliers are managed effectively.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work in a varied and exciting role within a dynamic team environment, incorporating complex stakeholder management and strategic sourcing to secure a supply base for new and existing requirements.

Your Main Responsibilities as a Lead Buyer will include:
  • Creating tenders and negotiating terms and conditions to implement contracts and flexible trading agreements.
  • Risk Identification and management.
  • Understanding budget requirements, identifying and implementing opportunities for cost reduction/avoidance through effective negotiation.
  • Receiving demand plans & forecasts for processing to purchase orders and ensuring topicality of order books.
  • Implementing, monitoring and maintaining Key Performance Indicators
  • Training/coaching junior members and end users on procurement processes and procedures.
  • Actively supporting functional excellence programmes, identifying and developing areas for improvement.
What we’re looking for
  • Excellent knowledge of strategic and operational procurement processes,
  • Excellent team player and capable of taking a lead in your category.
  • Well-developed communication, negotiation, analytical and interpersonal skills with a strong ability to influence at all levels with both your internal and external stakeholders.
  • Passion for developing strategy and driving innovation in order to achieve the overall needs of the business, with a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Whilst not essential, CIPS level 4 (or working towards) or equivalent HNC/HND in Business Studies or equivalent qualification would be beneficial
What’s in it for you?

MBDA offer personal development through on the job learning and mentoring, purpose built training via our Procurement Academy, E-Learning resources and enrolment with Chartered Institutes.

Ownership of the day-to-day procurement activities within the category you will be responsible for, working closely with the Category Manager to define the long term strategy and Supply Chain Managers to drive supplier performance.

Our benefits*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.

Join a great team!

We are a passionate team of experienced and diverse procurement professionals with a set of common goals and ambitions. We work closely with one another and always share ideas and best practice, offering support whenever needed.

Why us?

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’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

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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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