Combat Systems Supply Chain Specialist

Location:South Gloucestershire

Combat Systems Supply Chain Specialist

Would you like to be part of a team which directs and manages Combat Systems procurement activities within the Naval Ships Business, working on the most cutting edge technology for the Royal Navy? We currently have a vacancy for a Combat Systems Supply Chain Specialist at our site in Filton.

As a Combat Systems Supply Chain Specialist, you will be working within the integrated project teams, supporting the delivery of multiple cross-functional engagements from RFI/RFQ stage through to project delivery and ongoing Contract Management. The role includes of assisting the implementation of procurement strategies & plans, and the associated engagement and management of suppliers, projects and other stakeholders to deliver project/business objectives.

This role will involve working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and will provide the opportunity to develop close relationships with the wider business network.

Your main responsibilities as a Combat Systems Supply Chain Specialist will involve:

Supporting the procurement strategies and plans for materials and services

Managing, supporting and or preparing outputs and deliverables and selecting suppliers in accordance with the departmental procedures

Managing and supporting or negotiating commercial, financial, and schedule elements of the subcontracts/project and any authorised changes in line with departmental procedures

Pro-actively support and deliver effective supplier management and service delivery

Identifying and implementing business improvements resulting in cost saving opportunities

Acting as the primary point of contact with assigned suppliers and customers (internal/external)

Demonstrating commercial understanding to be able to manage a contract

Demonstrating an understanding of basic T&C’s

Your skills and qualifications:

Extensive experience within the procurement / supply chain department

Strong stakeholder experience and understanding, demonstrating strong communication skills and commercial acumen

Export control

Experience managing cost drivers in the value chain and the principles of total cost of ownership

Experience of supporting the management of dynamic change programmes managing change programmes

Risk & opportunity management experience


Systems procurement experience with SAP, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Windchill are all desirable

What we're looking for in you:

You will have strong communication skills with the ability to communicate across multiple stakeholders. You will be able to demonstrate you are proactive and driven with good leadership skills.

Salary: £Competitive

Location: Filton with occasional travel involved to suppliers

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.

Combat Systems

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.

We pride ourselves on being the combat systems integrator of choice, not only integrating our own products, but those of other defence companies too in delivering combat systems for both the Royal Navy and international customers.

We offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop with us. The health and well-being of our employees matters to us and that’s why we offer the flexibility for you to do what’s important to you, whether that’s job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we’ll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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.