Senior Buyer

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Help us grow and make an impact in procurement As our business continues to grow at a significant pace we're looking for talented, enthusiastic and driven people to join or procurement team and help take us to new heights. The difference our new Senior Buyer will make We're looking for talented people with an interest in procurement and supply chain who will help generate significant value for the business by reducing the total cost of bought in goods and services and manage supplier relationships to increase the overall value derived from the supply chain. As the link between our suppliers and the wider business, your duties will include: To manage and mentor a team of Buyers encouraging lean thinking and a continuous improvement culture. Delivery of key category strategies. Supply Chain representative for Production, Quality and Projects. Prepare, issue and review supplier RFQs, recommending preferred options to the relevant stakeholders. Converting purchase requisitions to purchase orders and issuing to suppliers, negotiating appropriate T&Cs for the protection of the organisation. Understand and implement contract requirements and relevant special conditions. Manage and develop supplier relationships. Pro-active supplier order book management activities. Who we're looking for You're someone who brings big ideas and solves complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo and actively proposes new ideas on how we can make things better and always puts the customer first. Experience A recognised degree level qualification and/or relevant engineering/supply chain/lean culture experience Membership of a relevant professional body e.g. CIPS at level 4 or above Proven procurement experience, ideally in an operational procurement environment Experience in sourcing new materials and services Skills and attributes Proven experience leading within a project procurement environment is essential. Must have a flexible approach to workload, c onfident reading and understanding technical drawings and ability to communicate complex requirements to/from supply chain. Ability to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business. Must have a good understanding of complex manufacturing processes and principles. Must be self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload. Ability to lead and motivate a team. Hands on experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power point and IFS. Working knowledge of and experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power point and IFS (desirable) Education and qualifications A recognised degree level qualification and / or relevant engineering / supply chain / lean culture experience. MCIPS qualified, or studying towards. Where it all fits in: Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock's Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers' mission. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,500 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch. The supply chain team ensures that materials and services are delivered on time and provide value for money, always keeping in mind our customers' targets. Our team of procurement professionals support our customer contracts and provide all kinds of solutions, from small electrical items to large first level valves. With a focus on continuous improvement, understanding changing markets and the opportunity to work a number of different streams, you get a great understanding of everything DST does to make the world a safer place. A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence. Other need to knows: Travel: UK and potential to travel abroad as required The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role. We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview. Your safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us and health and safety is an integral part of our business. We operate in a high-risk environment; therefore we are looking for people who share our understanding and respect for health and safety for ourselves and each other to ensure that everyone goes home safe every day. Closing date: 30/10/20 Application Guidance Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we're compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face. Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing. Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants . All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job. Once you've completed this you'll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs. This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time. Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records. All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account, then you'll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties, please click here. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly. We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs. Armed Forces Covenant We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week's special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here . Babcock International Group For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We're committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You'll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential. This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training. #LI-POST

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