Supply Chain Development Specialist

Posting Date: 13 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

Apply now

Apply for Job

Supply Chain Development Specialist





About the role

We currently have an opportunity for a Supply Chain Development Specialist


DST is a business unit within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. Working on a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST works with a number of key clients domestically and internationally. We’re based at a number of sites in the UK and overseas.  The business continues to win new work and grow at a significant pace, as a result we are recruiting for talented, enthusiastic and driven people


Due to significant growth we are recruiting a Senior Buyer to join our Strategic Procurement Team based in Devonport.


In this role you will help generate significant value for the business by designing supply chains that align with the business needs, developing key supplier relationships to increase performance and by providing enabling elements that ensure on time delivery as well as reducing the total cost of bought in goods and services.


This role will involve the provision of supplier agreements that ensure Goods and/or Services for the Company at the best total acquisition cost, consistent with the specified technical, quality assurance and delivery requirements. 

An understanding of supply chain risk and mitigation and experience in creating innovate contracting mechanisms that drive value and performance in a collaborative environment will be crucial.


You will be able to demonstrate their ability to influence at a senior level and to assist suppliers in continuous improvement endeavours.


Timely, high quality, best value bought-out finished supplies, raw materials, and services are critical to the success of this business.


Babcock actively support career progression with sponsored charterships, training, learning and development, secondments and mentoring. 




You will carry out the following:


Ensure all Contracts within the individual’s authority meet the Babcock International Group Commercial, Health and Safety policies and procedures and are compliant within the legal entity that they are being placed.


Design and develop cross business strategic supply chains that meet immediate and future needs.


Source new routes to supply markets developing relationships and supply chain designs that are future forward, collaborative and mutually beneficial. 


Negotiate Contract Terms and Conditions both for materials and services and incorporate in flexible contract arrangements that motivate the required performance


Use contracts to stimulate the potential for innovation, best practice ways of working and encourage the generation of collaborative mutually beneficial supplier relationships.


Analyse supply routes, procurement spend and capability requirements and seek to introduce the most cost effective contracting route to suit each circumstance.


Manage and develop Key Supplier Relationships in line with sourcing strategies to provide dynamic supply solutions across the Babcock business. Develop value plans with these suppliers to release value through risk mitigation and opportunity realisation.


Providing escalation to support project teams in execution of their projects. Identifying opportunity for improvement in ongoing contract delivery, including attending Customer meetings.


Prepare and issue Invitations to Tender or requests for quotations. Chairing tender opening meetings, bid clarification meetings with Tenderers and start-up meetings. Systematically evaluate competing offers and present recommendations to stakeholders


Negotiate competitive prices often against a background of demanding target savings and sole source suppliers.


Work with other stakeholders to create strategic sourcing arrangements in support of business objectives.


Manage contracts of significant value and impact and ensure delivery of performance and benefits.


What do I need to do the role?


You’ll need to be able to work with and influence key stakeholders and suppliers towards results delivery.


Would also like you to have experience in all or some of these areas:


  • A recognised degree level qualification and/or relevant engineering/supply chain/lean culture experience
  • Membership of a relevant professional body e.g. CIPS
  • Working knowledge of strategic sourcing, contract management and supplier development
  • Working knowledge of business law and relevant industry standards, able to confidently negotiate and agree terms and conditions and contractual arrangements.
  • Experience of managing and developing relationships
  • Ability to negotiate favourable solutions in a single source and competitive environments
  • Data gathering and manipulation and analytical skills;
  • Sound commercial awareness and business environment experience
  • General IT skills.
  • Understanding of and experience delivering leadership and management skills to maximise the success of a team


What else do I need to know?

  • We are happy to discuss flexible working.

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.





Apply now

Apply for Job

Share this Job