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Head of Supply Chain - Combat Systems

BAE Systems
£71000 - £80000 per annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Job Title: Head of Supply Chain - Combat Systems

Location: Filton, we offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role

Salary: £71,000 to £80,000+ depending on skills and experience + Executive Benefits Package, including car allowance and bonus

The Head of Supply Chain will play a pivotal role in ensuring the contractual delivery of the Combat Systems equipment into the Type 26 Programme. With expertise in procurement best practices, they will deliver Programme/business objectives through the development and deployment of procurement strategies & plans.

What you'll be doing:

  • You will have overall responsibility for driving performance of both contracts and suppliers to deliver contracts to quality, cost and time requirements through effective leadership and management of people within your Procurement team
  • Taking ownership of key supplier risks, engaging in Supplier Management processes, and leading risk mitigation efforts
  • Providing proactive leadership and service delivery aligned with the Right First Time philosophy
  • Leading and empowering teams to conduct effective cost and value engineering challenges with stakeholders
  • Establishing and nurturing relationships with critical and strategic suppliers
  • Serving as the senior escalation point for dispute resolution and claims management
  • Managing and resolving escalated contractual issues and claims to facilitate successful contract closure
  • Deputise as required for Combat & Complex Systems Director
  • Your skills and experiences:

  • A strong track record of leadership, managing high performing, professional team and developing talent in an inclusive environment
  • Extensive experience, preferably in defence or engineering and managing end to end Supply Chain and procurement on complex programmes
  • Proven experience of collaboratively working as part of senior multi-functional delivery team, including Engineering and Project Management/Controls Management with experience of projects change and associated implications & negotiations
  • Successfully working & collaborating in a complex programme environment with many senior Customer, Prime Contractor & supplier stakeholders
  • Skilled in implementing value engineering and cost reduction tactics
  • Thorough knowledge of legal frameworks within the defence sector pertaining to contracts and framework agreements
  • Utilisation of quality systems and management processes to ensure excellence
  • Familiarity with regulatory frameworks governing Supply Chain operations, including Import/Export regulations and ITAR compliance
  • Expertise in Naval Ships Product Domain Knowledge is desirable
  • MCIPS or equivalent qualification
  • Benefits:

    You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

    The Maritime Naval team:

    We design and manufacture a range of naval ships, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. Latest Type 26 frigates being built for the UK Royal Navy and latest equipment procured for the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant. Head of Supply Chain - Combat Systems will engage with key stakeholders to capture, verify and agree ongoing procurement and logistics business requirements and will work closely with the global combat ship organisation and manage wide range high value and large-scale contracts. Through effective leadership and strategic planning, they will align procurement strategies with program objectives, engaging stakeholders to achieve business goals.

    We design, develop, integrate, and provide through-life support to naval combat systems that enable navies to protect nations. Vital information from ship sensors such as radar and sonar, are captured through our core product, the Combat Management System. This advanced technological capability allows ships crews to rapidly respond to potentially life-threatening situations.

    In using this cutting-edge technology, we are at the forefront of defence system integration. Our products feature across the Royal Navy's surface fleet aboard Type 23 frigates, Type 45 destroyers, and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, under construction by BAE Systems in Glasgow, will also use the next generation of our combat systems.

    Why BAE Systems?

    This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

    We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

    Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

    Closing Date: 1st March 2024

    We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.




    BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company head-quartered in London in the United Kingdom and with operations worldwide.

    Recognising that our people are our top priority we have set ourselves a number of corporate targets to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce, including uplifting our female representation in leadership roles by 15% by 2015. We recognise the challenge that this target presents, knowing that engineering is often seen as a “man’s world”. 

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