Job Description

Job Title: Buyer

Location: Donnington or Andover, UK - Hybrid - Work from home opportunities available

Compensation: Up to £40,000 + Beneftis

Role Type: Full time / Permanent or Contract

Role ID: SF51105

At Babcock we're working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Buyer at our Andover site, also willing to explore other hubs, including Portsmouth, Donnington, Bovington, Warminster and Catterick.

The role

As Buyer, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary. You will be responsible for tactical sourcing activity and the placement of Purchase Orders (PO's) to enable and deliver requirements relating to military vehicle and MRO spares in support of operational deliverables.

Day to day, you will procure materials and manage order prices and quantities, respond to changes in demand and analyse reports and supporting the supply chain departments to ensure excellence in the overall performance of the operations.

  • Responsible for managing the Purchasing workbench and ensuring PO placement meets contract timelines and strategies
  • Generation and management of Requests for Quotations (RFQ's) to source emergent demand requirements
  • Reporting on Purchase Orders activity, issues / opportunities identified and supplier performance within Procurement, Babcock and the Customer, as appropriate
  • Maintenance of Purchasing documents and records, both hard-copy and electronic
  • Support supplier engagement on dispute resolution.
  • Dependent on priority, capacity and surge activity across the function, be prepared to temporarily deploy to other areas within the Procurement function to undertake activity commensurate with level, capability and functional skill

Essential experience of the Buyer:
Experience of ERP systems, preferably SAP or equivalent
Proven experience in a commercial procurement environment
Experience of detailed quotation analysis and developing / challenging pricing with suppliers where appropriate
Preferred experience within Defence, Aerospace, Rail, etc - heavily regulated environments

This role is 37 hours per week. Hybrid working arrangement of x3 days a week on-site at agreed hub, with the remaining days to be completed from home. Also, this role requires occasional travel to Europe.

Qualifications for the Buyer:

  • Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Membership of a relevant professional body is preferred, e.g. the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply at a Level 4 or above, or working towards

The successful candidate must be able to achieve BPSS and SC security clearance level for this role.

Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • 'Be Kind Day' enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity

Babcock International

For over 130 years Babcock International have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal.

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We're committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone's free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Closing Date: 06/09/23



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