Supply 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


If you are an ambitious and proven Supply Chain professional seeking to take your career to the next level, this Supplier Development Manager role at MBDA is the perfect opportunity for you!

Job Title: Supplier Development Manager

Salary: Circa £50,000 depending on experience 

Location: Stevenage or Bolton (we may be able to offer a relocation package for this role)

Dynamic (hybrid) working: typically, 2 days per week on-site, due to workload classification

Security Clearance: British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship.

Restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

The opportunity:

Due to a ramp up of MBDA deliveries, a fantastic opportunity has emerged for a Supplier Development Manager to join our Sub-Assemblies team!

This position provides an exceptional chance contribute to the efficient management of supplier performance, capability, and risk. You will have the opportunity to work with advanced technologies and collaborate with a committed team of experts.

  • 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 dedicated team of supply chain managers, ensuring outstanding supplier performance in terms of delivery and quality.

  • Work and collaborate with colleagues (UK and internationally) from various departments, procurement experts, technical and quality experts, and key suppliers (some travel will be required).

  • Participate in well-resourced training and development programs to enhance your procurement and quality knowledge.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Ideally, a degree-calibre Supply Chain professional with international working experience in technology companies.

  • Proven ability to improve supplier performance in terms of delivery and quality using appropriate tools and lean methodologies.

  • Manage a portfolio of suppliers, monitoring their performance and addressing supply chain risks.

  • Assess supply chain and supplier capabilities to meet MBDA's delivery profile (current and future).

  • Proficiency in creating and validating process flows, conducting lead time analysis, identifying capacity bottlenecks, and understanding yield, resources, and sub-tier mapping activities.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and experience with techniques such as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) to drive root cause analysis and improvement plans within the supply chain.

  • Conduct analysis and provide executive summaries to support decision-making.

  • Additional responsibilities may include contributing to departmental supply chain excellence initiatives.

  • Previous experience in supply chain management or as a Supplier Development Manager in the Aerospace, Defence, or Manufacturing sectors is desirable.

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Our company:

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.

What we can offer you:

  • Company bonus: Up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)

  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%

  • Overtime: opportunity for paid overtime

  • Flexi Leave: Up to 15 additional days

  • 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.

  • Facilities: Fantastic site facilities including subsidised meals, free car parking and much more…

  • Training and Development: Excellent career progression, training and career development opportunities

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.   MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more…

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.


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