Quality Leader - Continuous and Supplier Improvment


Quality Leader – Continuous and Supplier Improvement

Are you a Quality Leader or Engineer, with leadership experience? Are you looking to develop the Continuous and Supplier Improvement elements of your role? Here at BAE Submarines, we currently have an opening for a Quality Leader-Continuous/Supplier Improvement, which will encompass all of these aspects.

As a Quality Leader within our team you will be working closely with the Supplier Intelligence, Risk and Performance Improvement teams, as well as Suppliers and Supply Chain Managers / Buyers across the function.

This role will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop and operate in an environment unlike any other. The Submarine Supply Chain has significant opportunity to make a positive difference on the whole programme and this role will be at the forefront of this development.

Your main responsibilities as a Quality Leader will include:

  • Understanding performance areas of the submarine Supply Chain SQCDP (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People)

  • Using data analysis techniques to define improvement opportunity using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound) actions

  • Leading the Supplier improvement activity using good practice standard methods ensuring that progress is regularly reported to stakeholders

  • Working within, facilitating and leading projects involving multifunctional teams, focused on delivering supplier improvements

  • Demonstrating tangible improvements in performance through effective data analysis

  • Analysis of Supplier inputs and outputs that are impacting of supplier quality and delivery performance

  • To be able to access, have a clear understanding of and apply the Quality and SHE Management System documentation e.g. Process Instructions, Workmanship Standards, Risk Assessments etc. applicable to your particular work scope and to comply with Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) rules and control measures

  • Manage and take responsibility for all quality related activities (QA, QC, Inspection) without daily supervision and have the ability to deputise for the Quality Manager when the need arises

  • Support Quality through Local, QCI and Major Quality Failure (MQF) investigations

  • Mentor and lead a small group of Quality professionals as and when required

  • Developing , maintaining and managing key relationships in the business both internally and externally
  • Leading a multi-disciplined team to ensure that both customer and business requirements are met

Your Skills and Qualifications as a Quality Leader:


  • Ability to lead and facilitate continuous improvement activity initiatives using cross functional teams as well as experience of leading a project Plan

  • HND or Equivalent qualification or demonstrable experience

  • A logical and ordered approach to analysing data & drawing conclusions

  • Excellent communication, networking, Stakeholder Management and effective presentation delivery skills

  • Sound Knowledge of Supplier Management and Improvement Tools and Techniques (e.g. SC21, Lean and Six Sigma Tools and Techniques)

  • An understanding of Supply Chain (Procurement) as well as the environment and challenges that it operates within

  • Understanding of Project and Change Management


  • Ability to strongly influence at all levels

  • Strategic Supplier Development Experience / Knowledge

  • Experience of Supply Chain (Procurement) across wider industries

  • Experience of Quality activities and their impacts within large manufacturing organisations

  • Lean Six Sigma Accreditation (preferable minimum Greenbelt accredited)

What we're looking for in you:

You will need to be driven but patient, imaginative, analytical and open to implementing changes and new ideas. You will possess a high degree of task focus and an ability to bring these to closure on time. The role will require close working with numerous stakeholders and will require the ability to build strong relationships, lead, influence and persuade.

Location: Barrow

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime – Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.