Senior Supply Chain Manager; Major Equipment & Investments | FTSE 250 Defence | Salisbury

A FTSE 250 defence organisation is currently in the midst of a huge transformation having expanded their current team by over 25%.

This organisation is looking for an experienced procurement professional to join their Major Equipment & Investment team.

Your role will be working on exciting aircraft and aerospace projects in a newly formed supply chain division. You will gain detailed exposure to the complex aviation regulations and challenges facing the industry whilst gaining the experience to manage multi-million-pound capital expenditure projects.

As Senior Supply Chain Manager your key responsibilities will be:

  • Negotiates favourable terms, using the appropriate contract form with knowledge of the Civil and Military Aviation rules and procurement requirements
  • Develop strong relationships with key decision-makers in order to influence behaviours and ensure appropriate involvement of Procurement in all sourcing activities.
  • Maintain awareness of the restrictions, controls and accreditations that are placed upon suppliers working in a Defence environment, ensuring at all times that both sourcing strategies and the incumbent supplier base do not jeopardise or threaten internal compliance.
  • Collaborate with the Project Teams and Group Property to identify opportunities to utilise supplier relationships and frameworks that leverage Group scale.
  • Ensure compliance with process, governance and controls as agreed in the Procurement Code of Practice and Sourcing methodology.
  • Collaboratively develop plans with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans across spend.

To work for this leading-edge defence organisation, you will require the following experience:

  • Knowledge of the Civil and Military Aviation rules and procurement requirements
  • Working independently to solve challenging problems, with guidance required in only the most demanding situations.
  • Execution of best practice within the function.
  • Ability to lead functional teams as may be required.
  • Adaptive and change focused; able to adapt pace of delivery to meet business requirements.
  • Natural and articulate around management. Good listening skills and able to focus on issues critical to senior leaders. Can deliver communication concisely and steer conversation towards decisions needed.
  • Has the technical skill combined with sufficient gravitas to be recognised as a subject matter expert
  • Highly customer-focused and concerned with meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
  • Highly results-oriented. Keeps the organization on track and delivery oriented.
  • Emotionally intelligent and comfortably relates to many different types of people. Is personally self-aware of strengths and weaknesses.

In applications we will be looking for:

  • Strong Procurement category expertise within aircraft/aerospace projects
  • Strong knowledge of what best-in-class category management looks like, coupled with the knowledge of how to achieve it
  • A strong understanding of contract management and procurement’s role in delivering these processes
  • Global strategic sourcing of high technology goods and services.
  • Management and mitigation of supply chain risk & creation of opportunity.
  • Adept at business relationship management; internally & externally facing.
  • Degree in a Business or Engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • CIPS Qualified or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years in a Procurement or Supply Chain related role
  • Knowledge of procurement systems and infrastructure.
  • Proven contract negotiation skills.

How to apply:

To discuss the Senior Supply Chain Manager role in more depth please contact Joe Sewell at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7824 045 203 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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