Sourcing / Supply Chain Specialist

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    Rugby, Warwickshire

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    £20 - £30 per hour

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    Giovanna Neophytou

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

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Sourcing / Supply Chain Specialist

6 Months

Based in Rugby, UK with travel to Manchester and Sheffield

Up to £30 per hour

Role Summary/Purpose

The Sourcing Specialist will be responsible for developing and managing a supply chain and ensuring that components are delivered according to Quality, Cost and Time as per the project needs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of client supply chain & supplier agreements
  • Support NPI (new product introduction) and develop a long-term supply chain for the business
  • Negotiate terms and conditions, manage claims and vendor recovery
  • Order fulfilment tasks to ensure material on time delivery, PO placement and Invoice management
  • Co-ordinate supplier and product qualification together with Quality, Engineering and R&D
  • Review supplier performance (schedule, CoQ, Manufacturing, Quality) to identify risks to the program and develop appropriate mitigation plans
  • Drive supplier selection, development, and overall supplier management excellence
  • Develop alternate sources and/or risk mitigation plans for single & sole source suppliers
  • Identify and deliver value-adding opportunities from the supply chain
  • Manage and improve supplier relationship and demonstrate the ability to communicate problems and present solutions with internal and external customers at senior levels


  • Bachelor's degree, engineering/business discipline or equivalent knowledge & experience
  • Demonstrable years of sourcing and procurement experience with in-depth experience in high-value and complex projects.
  • Strong negotiation and contract management skills, with excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Self-starter with drive, able to work under pressure and in a dynamic environment
  • Motivation, Teamwork is essential, trust, credibility and capability to communicate effectively at all levels internally and externally is essential

Back ground:

  • The job is working on a high-profile contract that is currently late to schedule.
  • Pressure to deliver in many work streams - person needs to be resilient and professional under pressure.
  • The supply chain is stretched from the client to all sub tier suppliers.
  • The delivery requirement is managing a small number of key suppliers and ensuring that they deliver to the timing schedule.
  • Navigating through the respective quality / production gateways to first piece qualification.
  • The role is project based, small volume, high value items.

Desired Characteristics to be considered:

  • Experience within the defence or power industry related products.
  • Management of high value bespoke manufactured components, including assemblies.
  • Main Suppliers are UK based, must be able to travel on a weekly basis.
  • Project Management Skills, Schedule Management a must.
  • Quality, Supplier Quality experience would be beneficial.
  • Interpersonal skills, managing people and situations including contract issues.
  • Proactive and pragmatic in their approach to managing the supplier (s)
  • Able to adapt and work quickly to project situations.
  • Be able to manage various workstreams at the same time.
  • Development of measurement metrics to measure their small group of suppliers.
  • Experience on SAP, Microsoft packages including MS Project.

Please submit your CV in the first instance.