Supplier Contract Managers

Posting Date: 25 February 2021

Location: Dunfermline, Fife, GB, KY11 2YD

Company: Babcock

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Supplier Contract Manager
SF 33327
Rosyth, Fife


About the Role
Here at Babcock International Group in Rosyth, we are currently looking for three Supplier Contract Managers to join us.

Babcock has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver its newest fleet of warships. The Type 31 general-purpose frigate programme will provide the UK with a fleet of five ships.

The frigates will be assembled at Babcock's Rosyth facility, and involve supply chains throughout the UK, in line with the UK's national shipbuilding strategy. Babcock's Arrowhead 140 frigate is a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global ship with a proven design and build strategy.

To support the delivery of this contract, we are currently recruiting for multiple Supplier Contract Managers, to be accountable for the procurement and contract management of work packages from inception through to contract closure, ensuring supply chain key deliverables are met to agreed project costs, schedule and quality.

Key duties include:

  • Direct, influence and manage suppliers and stakeholders ensuring timely provision of contracted deliverables (e.g. drawings, specifications, quality requirements, technical and document deliverables, scheduling requirements, progress reports) and on time delivery of equipment, materials and services.
  • Lead negotiations with suppliers to ensure that the most cost effective supply solutions, contractual risk is minimised and bargaining power across the projects and site is maximised.
  • Direct, influence and manage all subcontract activities ensuring  delivery to schedule and maximise cost saving opportunities whilst minimising risk to safety and quality
  • Manage work scope changes, potential downtime/variation claims and identify opportunities to remove blockers which prevent project delivery
  • Ensure Change Management is fully documented and tracked at all times, challenging Subcontractor claims and ensuring fully detailed substantiations are provided where onward transmission to the client is required.
  • Identifying and monitoring subcontract Risks and considering these to overall project risks, planning and implementing responses and mitigation to them as well as responding to other issues that affect the project.
  • Managing multiple high value and complex work packages, up to typically £30m+


What do I need to do the role?

  • Extensive experience in managing supplier relationships and/or contract delivery in defence, construction, engineering or manufacturing sectors
  • Project Management, CIPS or equivalent professional qualification
  • Well-developed communication skills and ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders, customers, project team and suppliers at all levels
  • Good negotiating and influencing skills at all levels of the business to ensure project requirements are met

What else do I need to know?
You should hold or have the ability to obtain full SC clearance

About Babcock International
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, 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 the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.
We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a 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.

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