Supply Chain Lead (Manufacturing) | Defence | North Hampshire

Due to significant investment and some recent acquisitions, a leading Defence organisation in North Hampshire is seeking a Supply Chain Lead to operate across one of their Manufacturing business units.

The Supply Chain Lead role is responsible for driving the cost-effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects. The Supply Chain Lead role has both internal and external recognition as an expert and is responsible for driving the sourcing process, supplier risk management, and collaboration with business leadership to develop the procurement strategy for the full range of procurement projects.

Sourcing exercises will be initiated both by internal stakeholders to work on cost centre funded projects, or subcontracts in support of customer-funded work. Work in this area is focused around high tech, niche goods & services.

As Supply Chain Lead (Manufacturing) your key responsibilities will be:

  • Develop strong relationships with leaders and 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 Category Procurement Team to identify opportunities to utilise extant supplier relationships and frameworks that leverage Group scale. Conversely, the Supply Chain Lead – Bidding & Programmes will be responsible for identifying repeat requirements from the projects pipeline and placing demands on the Category Procurement Team to deliver suitable, long term contracting mechanisms.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with adjacent Leads to develop and enhance systems, process, and best practice sharing to help the business achieve best in class performance and bring consistency to sourcing activities.

Skills and experience required:

  • Advanced manufacturing processes, techniques and associated supply chains.
  • Influencing, creating and executing strategic Make Vs. Buy decisions.
  • 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.

In applications for the Supply Chain Lead role we will be looking for:

  • Leads functional team members through the procurement and bidding processes.
  • Seeks to influence external customer requirements, recommends and executes solutions to minimise risk and significantly improve the probability of winning external bids & tenders.
  • Influences adjacent functional team senior management to improve solution design or commercial offering.
  • Recognised as an expert within the organisation; within and beyond the primary function.
  • Leads teams to achieve objectives and delivery milestones.
  • Able to work autonomously in a complex environment.
  • Ability to foresee and solve challenges that may have a broad impact on the wider business.
  • Adaptive and change focused; able to adapt the pace of delivery to meet business requirements.
  • Natural and articulate around senior management. Good listening skills and ability to focus on issues critical to senior leaders. Can deliver communication concisely and steer the 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 organisation on track and delivery oriented.
  • Both a ‘doer’ to ‘leader’ and can comfortably adapt style to teach, coach, or delegate, as appropriate.

To discuss the Supply Chain Lead (Manufacturing) role in more depth please contact Hayley Packham at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7780 043157 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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