Utilities Category Lead

BAE Systems UK

Location: Lancashire

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Category Lead – Utilities

Location: Preston/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:Circa £45,000 + Dependent on experience

What you’ll be doing:

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

Managing and influencing internal stakeholders across the business to maintain and deliver an appropriate forward looking realistic energy demand forecast.

Negotiating on existing and new contracts to ensure best cost / service solution to the business whilst striving for World Class solutions.

Supporting the business in delivery of key projects specifically around its Net Zero commitments

Analysing of Utilities consumption and spend

Managing suppliers to ensure there is a professional and effective business relationship with necessary KPI’s in place

Your skills and experiences:


Prior experience within utilities sector

Relevant experience working with large data sets to provide analysis, insight and good analytical skills

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

Energetic, resilient and adaptable – ability to effectively operate in dynamic, fast paced environments.

Strong commercial acumen and negotiation skills.

Excellent stakeholder management, communication and presentation skills


CIPS qualification or willing to go through it


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 Utilities Category Team:You will be joining a growing Facilities Management and Infrastructure team, headed up by enthusiastic and dynamic individuals. This role has the ability to influence internal / external stakeholders and suppliers, and provides an opportunity to make a real difference within the Utilities Category.

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.


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