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Supply Chain Manager UK Defence

Date: 21-Nov-2022

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 6000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ are an innovative, successful and growing business and we are have a number of opportunities to join a dynamic environment in our Procurement and Supply Chain team.

We are dedicated to defending sovereign capability, protecting lives and securing the vital interests of our customers. To succeed in our purpose, our vision is to become the chosen partner around the world for mission-critical solutions, innovating for our customers’ advantage. To support this we are Customer focused and highly responsive, providing operational excellence and assuring safe and secure delivery

We take pride in our decisions, and work to maintain an ethical, sustainable and responsible business and culture which actively supports each other to meet the highest ethical and professional standards.

We deliver this through a diverse and inclusive community with a common purpose; every contribution is valued. Delivering value through partnership and teamwork, we actively collaborate with our colleagues, customers and industry partners to bring together the best thinking, the smartest talent and breadth and depth in capability to our work. We know that working together is the best way to meet our customers’ needs which includes a culture of doing things right first time, safely, securely and in a cost effective way.

Procurement & Supply Chain is a core, strategic function, supporting the organisation to win business, successfully deliver innovative and ethical solutions and influence bottom-line spend. As a function, we have an impressive and growing footprint across the breadth of the businesses. This provides an excellent platform to develop key skills in a variety of areas using a robust network of relationships across a wide variety of both internal and external stakeholders.

The function is made up of five pillars; ranging from the manufacturing of novel and innovative products, to the procurement of critical goods and services that enables QinetiQ to deliver its operations, along with the development of sustainable supply chains that support business winning opportunities. 

The function adopts best practice “source to contract” and supplier relationship management methodologies; driving the delivery of high quality products and services, reducing overall costs to the business and improving operating efficiencies.


Top level: Negotiates favourable terms, volume discounts and long-term contracts with suppliers and prepares and processes requisitions and purchase orders for the procurement of technical equipment, custom engineered products, systems, software or components.  Acquires and maintains understanding of technology trends, market forces, cost trends and supplier technology road maps.  Reviews purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to organisation policy and discusses defects and delivery problems with suppliers and negotiates refunds.

The role is accountable for providing a best in class procurement service to all QinetiQ Sector employees for the delivery of procurement projects across the full range of spend.

The Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for executing the cost effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects. The Supply Chain Manager is responsible for driving the sourcing process, identification of Risk and Opportunities, and for working collaboratively with key stakeholders within the business to execute the procurement strategy for the full range of procurement projects.

Sourcing exercises will be initiated both by internal stakeholders to work on cost centre funded projects, or subcontracts in support of customer funded work. There will be equal focus on driving out unnecessary expenditure in order to reduce corporate overhead and the timely delivery of contractual solutions within the Project timescales.

The Supply Chain Manager will need to be able to develop new supplier relationships in order to meek QinetiQ’s future aspirations. This will require knowledge of specific defence, engineering and/or cyber domains and associated supply chains.


Key Accountabilities


Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders in order to influence behaviours and ensure appropriate involvement of Procurement in all sourcing activities.

Maintain awareness of the restrictions, controls and accreditations that are placed upon suppliers working in a Defence environment, ensuring at all times that both sourcing strategies and the incumbent supplier base do not jeopardise or threaten internal compliance.

Collaborate with the Category Management Team to identify opportunities to utilise extant supplier relationships and frameworks that leverage Group scale.

Ensure compliance with process, governance and controls as agreed in the Procurement Code of Practice and Sourcing methodology.
Collaboratively develop plans with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans across spend.

Collaborate with peers to develop and enhance systems, process, and best practice sharing to help QinetiQ achieve best in class performance, and bring consistency to sourcing activities.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

Ability to guide others through the bidding processes.

Understands impact of external customer requirements, recommends solutions to minimise risk and improve probability of winning external bids & tenders.

Adaptive and change focused; able to adapt pace of delivery to meet business requirements.

Provides best practice advice to business users and junior members of staff.

Considered a technical expert within allotted embedded teams.
Natural and articulate around management. Good listening skills and able to focus on issues critical to senior leaders. Can deliver communication concisely and steer conversation towards decisions needed.
Highly customer focused and concerned with meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

Highly results oriented. Keeps the organization on track and delivery oriented.

Emotionally intelligent and comfortably relates to many different types of people. Is personally self-aware of strengths and weaknesses.


Experience & Qualifications


Degree in a Business or Engineering discipline, or equivalent experience

CIPS Qualified or equivalent experience

3+ years in a Procurement or Supply Chain related role

Knowledge of procurement systems and infrastructure.

Proven contract negotiation skills.