Senior Buyer, Strategic Procurement

  • Location

    Plymouth, Devon, S. W. England, England

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  • Salary:

    £35460 - £39800 per annum + + Paid Overtime

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    Laurence whiffin

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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Job Title: Senior Buyer, Strategic Procurement

SF 27396

Location: Devonport

Job Specification

Role Description

Due to significant growth we are recruiting a Senior Buyer to join our Strategic Procurement Team based in Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth.

Defence Systems Technology (DST) is a business unit within the Marine and Technology Division of Babcock International Group. Working on a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST works with a number of key clients domestically and internationally. The business continues to win new work and grow at a significant pace, as a result we are recruiting for talented, enthusiastic and driven people.

In this role you will help generate significant value for the business by designing supply chains that align with the business needs, developing key supplier relationships to increase performance and by providing enabling elements that ensure on time delivery as well as reducing the total cost of bought in goods and services.


  • Negotiate Contract Terms and Conditions both for materials and services
  • Analyse supply routes, procurement spend and capability requirements and seek to introduce the most cost effective contracting route
  • Use contracts to stimulate the potential for innovation, best practice ways of working and encourage mutually beneficial supplier relationships.
  • Manage key suppliers
  • Prepare and issue Invitations to Tender or requests for quotations. Chairing tender opening meetings, bid clarification meetings with Tenderers and start-up meetings. Systematically evaluate competing offers and present recommendations to stakeholders
  • Negotiate competitive prices often against a background of demanding target savings and sole source suppliers.
  • Prepare bid evaluation reports, and in particular carry out Commercial Evaluation of tenders.
  • Work with other stakeholders to create strategic sourcing arrangements in support of business objectives.
  • Manage contracts of significant value and impact and ensure delivery of performance and benefits.

Required Experience / Qualifications / Attributes

  • Able to work with and influence key stakeholders and suppliers towards results delivery.
  • Appropriate level of experience in procurement or acquisition of goods and services.
  • A recognised degree level qualification and/or relevant engineering/supply chain/lean culture experience is desirable
  • Membership of a relevant professional body e.g. CIPS is desirable, willingness to undertake this training is essential.
  • Working knowledge of strategic sourcing, contract management and supplier development
  • Able to confidently negotiate and agree terms and conditions and contractual arrangements.
  • Experience of managing and developing relationships
  • Ability to negotiate favourable solutions in a single source and competitive environments
  • Data gathering and manipulation and analytical skills
  • Sound commercial awareness and business environment experience


At Babcock we're committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a competitive salary £35,460 - £ 39,800, paid overtime, flexible working, generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme. You'll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential at Babcock.

Babcock is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and offers a range of family friendly policies which support work / life balance.