Supplier Development Manager


Job summary

Circa £50,000 depending on experience
Procurement and Supply chain
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job


MBDA is a leading defence organisation.  We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary: Circa £50,000 depending on experience 

What we can offer you:

  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and more
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

Dynamic (hybrid) working: We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role you will work 2 days on-site.  

The opportunity!

An opportunity has arisen due to the Ramp up of MBDA deliveries for a Supply Chain Manager/ Supplier Development manager to join ISP in the Sub-Assemblies team. The successful candidate will bring their experience and knowledge to ensure effective Supplier performance, capability & Risk management. As a team, we work across all programmes in MBDA UK in a changing environment, handling and implementing both mature and new technologies.

The role provides an excellent opportunity to:
  • Influence the evolution of the company's industrial and business environment
  • Improve internal working practices to drive efficiency and effectiveness
  • Be a member of a dedication team of supply chain managers handling supplier performance in terms of delivery and quality
  • The position will involve working and travelling nationally, potentially internationally, with fellow procurement professionals, with internal collaborators (internal customers, procurement colleagues, technical and quality authorities,) and with key suppliers
  • Well-resourced training and development programmes in Procurement and Quality knowledge
What we're looking for from you!
  • Ideally a degree calibre Supply Chain professional with experience of international working in technology companies.
  • Experience of supply chain management/ Supplier Development Manager in the Aerospace, Defence or Manufacturing environments is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to improve Supplier Performance (Delivery and Quality)using appropriate tools and lean methodologies
  • Handling a portfolio of suppliers on a day to day basis and reporting into designated project the performance and handle supply chain risks to closure
  • Assess supply chain and suppliers capability to meet MBDA delivery profile for both current state vs Future state
  • Proficient in creating/ validating process flows, lead time analysis, understanding capacity bottlenecks, yield, resources and sub-tier mapping activities to form an industrial view of supplier
  • Hold excellent problem solving skills and understanding of techniques such as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) to develop and implement root cause analysis and improvement plans within Supply Chain
  • Identify, Advance and mitigate potential Supply Chain Risks and put in place associated improvement and mitigation plans
  • Conducting analysis and providing/delivering executive summaries
  • Additionally you may be responsible/ assist in department supply chain excellence improvements
Our Business!

We value new perspectives, teamwork, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.

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