Senior Supplier Development Manager
Stevenage, GB
5d ago


MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

Role Title and Location : Senior Supplier Development Manager, Stevenage or Bolton

MBDA Level : Level 5

Reports to : Head of Supply Chain Management Production UK

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity in a fast moving, unique, multi-national Function managing the Company Industrial Policy and Supply Chain Management approach.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the evaluation and development of an assigned portfolio of Major Equipment Suppliers in order to ensure Capability, Capacity and Performance against current and future Domestic and Export programme requirements.

What are we looking for?

  • Engineering or Business Qualification, preferably to Degree level plus CIPS post-graduate Diploma or equivalent and / or a significant track record of demonstrable experience / delivery within a supply chain arena.
  • Substantial (>
  • 7yrs) experience of supply chain management in the Aerospace or Defence Industry or Manufacturing environments.

  • Experienced in Product and Process Risk Management.
  • Good understanding of Project management principles practices and processes.
  • Good commercial and financial understanding.
  • Very good negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Objective driven, determination to succeed
  • Excellent communication skills : able to communicate verbally and in writing at all levels.
  • What’s in it for you?

  • The role will require enhanced levels of stakeholder engagement and facilitation to ensure that a multi-functional team of experts are in position to assess and continuously improve the supply chain.
  • Opportunity to be involved in complex international development programmes, responsible for delivering a critical element to ensure MBDA delivers on our customer commitments.
  • A unique role that will provide visibility and experience across major equipment’s of missile and weapon systems, exposing the successful applicant to a range of complex and technologically advanced products and technologies.
  • The role sits within a multi-national department with equivalent teams in France and Italy, offering opportunities to build international networks, travel and develop language skills.
  • The ISP directorate are developing a Procurement Academy to deliver enhanced levels of capability and certified training in support of career path development to ensure MBDA keep up with the complex environment that we work within.
  • What would you get?

    Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), and superb learning and development opportunities.

    The Role

    The primary objective of this key Supply Chain Management role is to create a robust, sustainable and high performing Supply Chain focused on Continuous Improvement in order to maintain MBDA’s ability to meet customer delivery milestones for current and future programmes.

    Managing a portfolio of Strategic and Key suppliers you will lead cross functional activities to assess the Operational Performance and Business Capabilities of your suppliers.

    The role is a pivotal position that requires the ability to be able to engage and build effective relationships transversally at all levels as well as internationally.

    Development Phase (for assigned Portfolio of Suppliers) :

    Support Project Industrial Manager for Supplied Equipment (IMSE) during the development phase, by providing a complete picture of Supplier Performance, Risk, Capability and Global Capacity.

    Contribute, as appropriate, to Industrial Validation Process (PRR, FAI, IVM, VMS) in support of the Project IMSE and endorse the Surveillance Plan to be executed during the Production phase

    Production Phase (for assigned Portfolio of Suppliers) :

    Risk Management

    Generate Supplier Risk Profile through Risk Understanding assessment as part of the Supply Chain Risk Management process, determining a baseline maturity scorecard.

    Identify potential industrial Supply Chain Risks and put in place associated improvement and mitigation plans. Manage risks to closure.

    Escalate critical Supply Chain risks affecting Supplier OT and OQ performance using company Risk tool.

    Industrial Performance

    Monitor Supplier Performance (On Time, On Quality) and its adherence to Operational demand during production.

    Manage preventive analysis against delivery performance : Conduct root cause analysis, in conjunction with Supplier, in order to address actual and predicted poor performance against OT and OQ targets.

    Recovery and Improvement actions

    Develop Continuous Sustainable Improvement Plans (CSIP) and track improvement trend against baseline maturity score. both looking at MBDA and supplier sides

    Consolidate and rationalize transversal supplier improvement activities across the equipment Supply Chain.

    Manufacturing capabilities sustainability

    Ensure, after Validation of Manufacturing System (VMS), the continuity of industrial processes and tools at the supplier facility, put in place during development and in consistency with Surveillance Plan.

    Ensure sustainability during potential ramp-up or ramp-down phase.

    Provide re-validation of Tier 1 and Sub-Tier Supply Chain Capability, Capacity and industrial qualification in the event of a change of process and / or transfer of the industrial lines.

    Project Focus

    Provide a project focused Supply Chain Management interface in order to collate Supplier Risk, Performance and Improvement metrics and report to wider stakeholder community.

    Functional Excellence

    Support the Head of Supply Chain Management in the development of Supply Chain Management best practice processes and tools.

    Promote and share best practice within Industrial Policy, Global Supply Chain and Procurement (ISP), nationally and internationally, and with the Procurement community.

    What’s great about the team?

  • The Supply Chain Management team is a dynamic, growing and experienced team with a balance of technical and business professionals, which ensure that we cover the diverse range of skills required.
  • Each Supply Chain Manager shall have allocated to him / her a portfolio of suppliers, for which to be responsible for delivering continuous improvement in capability and performance.
  • Supply Chain Management is positioned alongside major stakeholders in order to maximise the added value of the activities and function that it delivers.
  • The Team are driving towards achieving a vision of A robust and sustainable Major Equipment Supply Chain that delivers to our business and customer requirements supply base capable of supporting MBDA’s global vision and strategy
  • Please Note : MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role.

    Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process.

    Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).

    MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

    We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

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