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Programme Procurement Manager

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 enthusiastic and driven people to join our procurement team and help take us to new heights. 


The difference our new Project Procurement Manager 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.  


We’re looking for talented people with an interest and expertise 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.   

Building excellent relationships with suppliers for maximum performance and managing a small team of procurement professionals comprising of senior buyers and buyers, you will lead the team to ensure they deliver on time and to our customer’s requirements. In addition, you will:


  • Act as the focal point for internal customers to define materials and services spend requirements for designated projects
  • Personally prepare, issue and review complex supplier RFQ’s, recommending preferred options to the relevant stakeholders
  • Personally lead major supplier spends (negotiation and selection)
  • Lead supplier performance issues to conclusion
  • Manage and develop internal relationships cross functionally
  • Help develop the pipeline of future opportunities, harnessing relationships with key support partners


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 and always puts the customer first.  We’re committed to building an enjoyable and supportive culture for everyone, and so we’re looking for someone who actively seeks out and values different perspectives. You will develop junior members of the team to achieve their full potential and you will not shy away from a challenge.  


Skills and attributes

  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent Supplier Relationship Management skills
  • Must have a flexible approach to workload and willing to get involved at all levels
  • Ability to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business
  • Self-motivated with the ability to lead and motivate within a cross functional matrix environment.
  • Hands on experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power point and IFS (desirable).


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 5 or above is advantageous but not essential
  • Significant procurement experience, ideally in a project procurement environment to include management experience
  • Experience of data analysis for decision making


What else do I need to know?

  • All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage.
  • This role is based at our Bristol Technology Centre.  Bristol is a vibrant city in south west England with a wide range of attractions, landmarks, events and shopping.  It has excellent transport links and is only 1.5 hours from London by train. This role is based in North Bristol at Bristol Business Park.  
  • 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.


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

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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.

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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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