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Country/Region:  GB
City:  Ashchurch

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 our procurement team and help take us to new heights. 
 
The difference our new Buyer will make
Babcock Mission Systems is a business unit within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. Working on a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, Mission Systems works with a number of key clients domestically and internationally. We’re based at a number of sites in the UK and overseas.  
You 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:
•    Preparing, issuing and reviewing supplier RFQ’s, recommending preferred options to the relevant stakeholders
•    Converting purchase requisitions to purchase orders and issuing to suppliers, negotiating appropriate T&C’s for the protection of the organisation
•    Managing and developing supplier and internal relationships
•    Pro-active supplier order book management activities
•    Understanding and resolving supply chain issues 
 
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 propose new ideas on how we can make things better, always putting the customer first.
You’re a team player, willing to get stuck in from day one and help out all those around you. 
 
Qualifications and 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 is advantageous
•    Proven procurement experience, ideally in an operational procurement environment
•    Experience in sourcing new materials and services
 
Skills and attributes
•    Must have a flexible approach to workload and have the ability to communicate complex requirements to/from supply chain
•    Ability to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business
•    Must be self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload
•    A good understanding of the Company business and objectives
•    Working knowledge of and experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power point and IFS or SAP (desirable)

 

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
•    Flexible working 
•    Autonomy to perform the role
•    The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit

 

As well as:
•    Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays 
•    Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
•    Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
•    Employee Share Scheme
•    Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
•    Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
•    If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments

 

Where it all fits in:
Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.
The Critical Communications Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


Other need to knows:
•    You 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.

 

Application Guidance
Please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy.  You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.
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.  


 

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