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Senior Buyer

BAE Systems UK

Location: Lancashire

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Senior Buyer

Location: Preston or Farnborough. Hybrid pattern of 2-3 days based in the main office.

We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary:c.£55,000 depending on experience

Duration: 12months FTC

What you’ll be doing:

We are looking for a Senior Buyer – Software, to join our experienced Procurement team. Working closely with the Engineering and IT Software application division within our Shared Service Centre, whilst reporting to the procurement manager. This role is an interim 12months FTC role due to an employee taking a sabbatical leave. You will have ownership for the day-to-day responsibilities of below:

    Providing day-to-day support to sourcing and procurement activities, either through the management of day-to-day routine procurement activities, or by supporting strategic procurement initiatives or projects

      Taking a lead role in the end-to-end procurement lifecycle, from sourcing to contract negotiation / execution and ongoing Supplier Performance and Relationship Management

        Providing challenge into the conventional way of thinking and contracting, in order to develop innovative, business winning solutions

          Managing and influencing internal stakeholders across the business

            Negotiating on existing and new contracts to ensure best cost / service to the business

              Supporting the business in delivery of key projects as well as leading projects solely

                Managing suppliers to ensure there is a professional and effective business relationship

                Your skills and experiences:

                  Demonstrable track record of Procurement / Commercial acumen

                    Multi-site procurement and stakeholder management experience

                      Ability to demonstrate innovative thinking and translate complex procurement guidance into simple, straightforward, and practical advice

                        Experience of working within a complex supply chain environment such as: large retailers, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, nuclear etc.


                        You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual leave incentive.

                        The Procurement team:

                        You will be joining a developed team of self-starters, highly successful and fast-moving individuals. This role has the ability to influence stakeholders and suppliers, and an opportunity to make a real difference in the decision-making process.

                        Why BAE Systems?

                        This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

                        We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

                        Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.