Senior Buyer

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    Bristol, England

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    2 months ago

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Senior Buyer


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.


  • 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, confident 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.