Head of Supplier Development

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Location:United Kingdom

Head of Supplier Development

Would you like to be part of the Procurement & Supply Chain wide improvement functional strengthening programme within the Maritime & Land Sector?

The Maritime & Land Sector is one of the reporting segments for BAE Systems plc. It consists of four standalone businesses - Submarines, Naval Ships, Maritime Services and Munitions – as well as the newly formed RBSL JV, with a combined turnover of in excess of £3bn. As the Sector moves forward enhancing the value contribution of our supply chain will be a key factor in its success.

The team have an opportunity for a Head of Supplier Development to join them. In this role, you will be responsible for the creation and implementation of a proactive supplier development activity which ensures we enable and support our suppliers to perform and deliver greater value to the business and enterprise. The role holder will work closely with the Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Procurement teams across Maritime & Land UK, to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to supplier development, maximising the contribution of each function and our suppliers. The overall aim of this role is to an establish a multi-functional approach, mitigating key business risks and generating additional value founded on external best practice, which enables supply chain operational excellence.

Your main responsibilities as Head of Supplier Development will involve:

The role is responsible for developing and leading the improvements to the functional supplier performance activities in order to deliver effective support to programmes, including:

Developing and implement a Supplier Performance and Development framework across Maritime & Land UK

Implementing standardisation of metrics for supplier performance reporting, developing supplier performance analytics to provide senior management teams with visibility against key performance targets, trends and early warning flags

Understanding front end Customer requirements to assess suitability of the supply chain to deliver and identify areas where supplier development can mitigate risk or drive improvement.

Driving demonstrable improvements in supplier performance through interventions and different working practises

Designing capabilities, job families and competencies for supplier development aligned to the future needs of the sector

Collaborating across Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality and with global procurement teams will be essential

Acting as mentor/coach to others within the sector to facilitate a best practice learning environment

Your skills and qualifications:

Experience working at a management level defining supplier development practices and delivering strategies for improvement of capability

Excellent knowledge and proven experience of large-scale manufacturing

Experience of supplier development in a complex environment

Experience of people capability development and change management

Knowledge of a wide range of procurement approaches and strategies

Ability to manage and influence stakeholders at all levels to achieve successful outcomes


Lean/Six Sigma qualification is desirable

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a confident communicator who takes a collaborative approach to change and process enhancement. You will have the ability to manage complex relationships across multiple business units in order to drive unified goals.

Location: flexible - can be based at any of our sites across Glasgow, Barrow, Portsmouth or from home with UK travel required occasionally

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.

Maritime & Land Sector

Our Sector encompasses four lines of business; Submarines, Naval Ships, Maritime Services and Land. We design and manufacture complex naval ships and submarines, as well as their state of the art combat systems and equipment. We also offer an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and the management of supporting infrastructure.

We employ a diverse range of people with the unique expertise to design, integrate and support platforms and systems; all focussed on understanding our customers’ evolving needs, meeting their expectations and delivering on commitments made to them, wherever they are in the world.

We have significant growth opportunities across our dynamic businesses with exciting transformation programmes running right through the next decade; strengthening our competitive advantage and developing our business as an employer of choice for our current and future employees.

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.

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.