Posting Date: 11 July 2019

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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SF 26112

Starting Salary £30,555

About the role             

We are currently seeking experienced candidates for a Supply Chain Buyer role who are looking for an exciting opportunity within the Devonport Materials Delivery Team.  The role will support the various business units in the delivery of timely and value for money services

The opportunity is within the Marine and Technology Division who are the UK's leading marine support business and deliver a wide range of through-life engineering services to commercial and defence markets in the UK and overseas.

The Marine and Technology Division has over 9,000 highly skilled people contributing extensive knowledge and experience, our collaborative approach to working with customers and suppliers aims to fully meet and exceed our customers’ needs and expectations. Working side by side with our customers on concept design, project management, testing, assembly, maintenance and asset management, through to decommissioning, we aim to ensure their ultimate objectives and commitments are always achieved

As the Buyer you will commercially represent the company and provide support to the Babcock Marine and Technology Supply Chain in the provision of Services and/or Goods at the best total acquisition cost, consistent with the specified technical, quality assurance and delivery requirements which are critical to the success of this business

What do I need to do the role?

You’ll need to be MCIPS or degree qualified, however part qualification acceptable and Lean Six Sigma certification desirable


You will also need to have experience in the following areas:

  • Experience in use of MPS and MRP systems
  • Understanding of manufacturing in highly pressurised environments
  • Experience in a procurement and supply chain environment
  • Positive “can do” attitude
  • Analytical thinking
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and persuasion skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft office applications


Lastly, you’ll need to be able to work under own initiative and complete tasks on time within dynamic CI environments.  You will be an innovative team player, detail orientated and with the capacity to see the bigger picture.


What else to I need to know?

  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

About Babcock International and Devonport

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.

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.

Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.

We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Application Guidance

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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.

Closing date: Thursday 25th July 2019

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