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Senior Buyer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Senior Buyer
Location: Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ


Make a real impact, immediately
We’re looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to join our team as a Senior Buyer.

The difference our New Senior Buyer will make
Working with the Programme and Supply Chain team, the Senior Buyer will:
•    Work across Programmes to identify value opportunities and levers ensuring on-time placement of critical and complex contracts
•    Lead on critical Supplier Relationships
•    Drive Operational Excellence and reporting
•    Ensure Governance Compliance


Who we’re looking for
We are looking for someone who wants to collaborate with us on this challenging and rewarding journey and make a positive impact on our business.
You will innovate for success and bring big ideas and solve complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. You will take responsibility for your part in making a difference. You will be brave and champion high performance, challenging the unacceptable and be willing to speak up when we need to do better


•    Experience in a Supply Chain role, preferably in a Defence or Engineering environment
•    Negotiation of pricing and terms 

Skills and attributes 
•    Analytical skills to analyse data and make decisions
•    Be able to read and understand technical drawings and have the ability to communicate complex requirements to / from supply chain will be an advantage.
•    The ability to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business
•    Self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload


Education and qualifications 
•    A bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
•    Membership of a relevant professional body, for example the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply at a Level 4 or above.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
•    Flexible working
•    Opportunities to develop yourself and your career


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 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 pumps. 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 Mission Systems 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:
•    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.

Closing date: 08/12/2021


 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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