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Supplier Operations Specialist

Reading / Basingstoke Area
Closing date
12 Apr 2024

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Full Time
Flexible working available
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE have an exciting opportunity for a Supplier Operations Specialist to join our growing S upplier M anagement T eam. This would suit an individual with excellent attention to detail, with experience setting up and maintaining data records.

As the Supplier Operations Specialist, you will p rovide specialist support to the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Sub Function across processes, systems, supplier management, governance and reporting.You will build strong relationships with various teams across the business, as well as new and existing suppliers and work closely with Category Managers in support of tenders, to help determine the correct question sets to be asked.

Previous experience in supplier management or supply chain is not essential. If you have transferable skills and experience of creating and maintaining records, such as, customer, personnel, public etc, we would like to hear from you.

You will be required to p rovide technical expertise in one or more of the following specialisms:
  • Contribute to the development of best practice processes and systems
  • Management of approved suppliers including supplier records and due diligence activities
  • Governance tasks as required in support of AWE Supply Chain Management policies, processes and systems
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships and awareness with key internal stakeholders

Specific responsibilities will depend on the specialism but may include:
  • Supplier on-boarding and record management
  • Ensuring Supply Chain processes, tools and systems are understood and adhered to
  • Support and contribute to reviews of SCM processes and systems and provide user training if required
  • Manage and maintain SCM data e.g. contractual/supplier records and/or document libraries
  • Provision of both standard and bespoke business reports in accordance with the functional governance schedule or as required by Line/Task Manager
  • Promoting and ensuring the use of a fully evaluated and approved supply base
  • Working with key stakeholders to ensure the speedy resolution of queries
  • Supporting change and championing best practice to promote the SCM function

To be successful in this role you should have the following skills and experience:
  • Good standard of general education or equivalent experience
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to develop constructive relationships
  • Planning and prioritising

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

Starting salary from £27,360 to £31,000 depending on experience.

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

“This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.
The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.“

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.

Closi ng date for applications: Thursday 11th April 2024.


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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