Posting Date: 12 February 2020

Location: Rosyth, Fife, GB, KY11 2YD

Company: Babcock

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  • Rosyth, Fife   
  • Permanent role
  • Salary up to £35,000, dependant on experience

About the role

Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, 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 Buyers; to be responsible for delivering end-to-end supply chain management duties, including strategic supplier sourcing, contract negotiation and ongoing supplier relationship management

Your key deliverables will include:

  • Captures specific project requirements and builds into supply chain requirements
  • Design of a supply solution to meet project requirements and maximise performance whilst minimising risk and complexity
  • Maintaining interfaces with Group and Divisional category strategies where they impact upon project
  • Managing sourcing and tendering processes in accordance with agreed project deliverables
  • Leading negotiations with suppliers to ensure that the most cost effective supply solutions are obtained
  • Ensuring that the Company’s commercial position is best protected and is properly reflected within formal subcontracts and purchase orders
  • Ensuring that all technical and quality requirements are fully satisfied and that all material and service requirements are supplied in accordance with Project schedules
  • Establishing supplier performance monitoring and development initiatives
  • Coordination with Operational Procurement Managers to ensure project requirements are executed on time
  • Responsible for managing change through project

What do I need to do the role?


  • Experience in Buyer roles or similar – essential
  • Background in Engineering, Construction or Defence sectors – desirable
  • MCIPS qualified or working towards - desirable
  • Working knowledge of MoD contract terms - desirable

What else do I need to know?


  • Permanent role
  • Salary up to £35,000 per annum (dependant on experience)
  • Based at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, Scotland
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

About Babcock International
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 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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