Sourcing Engineer / Procurement Engineer


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Bluetownonline Ltd
£Open (Depending On Experience)
Graduate - Multi Discipline
Contract Type:
Full Time
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About the job

Job Title: Sourcing Engineer

Location: Plymouth (PL6 7LH), onsite role

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

HQW Aerospace is a world-renowned manufacturer of super precision bearings, pushing the boundaries of innovation and precision engineering for over 75 years. Situated in the vibrant city of Plymouth, surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, we offer not only a stimulating work environment but also a lifestyle that blends work with leisure seamlessly. With stunning beaches, vibrant culinary scenes, and a plethora of social and sporting activities, Plymouth and its surroundings provide an exceptional backdrop for both personal and professional growth.

We foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. If you're an dynamic Sourcing Engineer ready to embark on an exciting career journey in precision engineering, we want to hear from you!

Why Join Us:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days of paid holiday, plus bank holidays
  • Professional Development Investment from Day 1
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Engagement and Rewards platform, with access to discounts at over 100 retailers
  • Free Parking, with electric charging points available

Please Note:

  • HQW Aerospace currently does not hold a sponsorship license. Therefore, all candidates must have the right to work in the UK
  • Due to the nature of our business, security clearance may be required

The Role:

As the Sourcing Engineer, you will Bring engineering knowledge to the purchasing team to support NPIs, drive cost reductions activities, improve quality and reduce risks in the supply chain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for sourcing new direct components required for New Products Introductions (NPI) from existing or new suppliers. This requires understanding the specifications, drawings and technical data provided by the engineering team
  • Be the subject matter expert for direct components and use this knowledge to support sourcing strategies and supplier relationships.
  • Use market and industry intelligence to identify, vet and qualify new suppliers
  • Identify the risks and threats in the Supply Chain. Rank these risks and address them by providing solutions for mitigation of the highest risks (developing new sources or strengthening the existing sources)
  • Identify cost savings opportunities and action them
  • Identify inventory reduction opportunities and action them
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers
  • Ensure compliance to sourcing and contracting policies, procedures, risk management programs, and ethics
  • Mentor/educate suppliers as required as well as the rest of the Purchasing Team

Budgetary Responsibility:

  • Drive inventory reduction
  • Monitor Supplier Spending
  • Track savings made on sourcing projects

About You:


  • CIPS level 4 or above
  • A Batchelors degree, or higher, in Manufacturing Engineering or related field


  • Mechanical engineering degree
  • Wing to wing understanding of the supply chain
  • Good business acumen and awareness of the steel market


  • Good communication skills in both written and verbal form
  • Ability to develop strong effective relationships internally and outside of the organisation
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excel and SAP proficiency
  • Proactivity and showing initiative
  • Analytical mindset
  • Self-starter, team player
  • Attention to detail and organised

Join us today and become a part of our mission to redefine the future of high-precision aerospace engineering. Apply now to embark on an extraordinary career journey with HQW Aerospace.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

At HQW Aerospace UK, we are committed to fostering a workplace that values and respects the diversity of all individuals. We believe that embracing equality, diversity, and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but also essential for driving innovation, creativity, and success in our future endeavours.

Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of: Procurement Engineer, Sourcing Administrator, Supply Chain Administrator, Supply Chain Assistant, Engineer, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanics, Machinery Technician, Maintenance Engineer may also be considered for this role.

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