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Supply Chain Specialist (buyer)

Date: 26-Jan-2023

Location: London, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose

QinetiQ is one of the world's leading defence, aerospace, technology and security companies. We deliver technology-based services and solutions, ground-breaking products and unrivalled research capabilities to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

This role is positioned within the ACE Vivace delivery team, but aligned to Frameworks & Subcontractor Management (F&SM) team under an adaptive working approach between home, QinetiQ Farnborough and the ACE office in central London to encourage collaboration.

The role is will report into FS&M with responsibility for supporting procurement activities, assurances, developing and maintaining the supply chain network, working closely with internal project teams, external suppliers and partners.

QinetiQ adopt an adaptive working approach that is a flexible framework to how and where we work. We will continue to bring to life how these principles are practically applied, with a hybrid approach of working on site, remotely and a blend of the two. This is underpinned by informal and formal flexible working, enabling employees to adapt working patterns to meet customer and team commitments, as well as our individual needs, through discussions with managers on optimal working patterns. 


The primary requirement of the role is to provide Procurement & Supply Chain support and delivery of the ‘Accelerate Capability Environment’ (ACE) Customer tasking, delivered by QinetiQ’s Vivace Team, including support as required to other awarded programmes across all of QinetiQ’s business units.


Key Accountabilities


Key accountabilities include:

  • Embedded within, Frameworks & Subcontractor Management Team, to provide end to end Supply Chain advice, sourcing, supply assurance, delivery, supply chain relationships and tasking against requirements.

  • Applicable and managed adherence of procurement process across all ACE tasks

  • Providing continuous improvement support to improve Framework efficiencies   

  • Stakeholder engagement to support communications (internal and external).

  • Planning of current and future workload.

  • On-boarding new suppliers and maintaining assurances of our Supply Chain network, through sign-up of our Framework Operating Documentation, JOSCAR and Terms & Conditions

In Contract support to maintain on-time and compliant delivery


Key Capabilities/Knowledge



  • Confident in communicating, building relationships with cross-functional colleagues, suppliers and business stakeholders (Essential)

  • Problem solving ability, detail oriented and ability to manage multiple tasks. (Essential)

  • Supporting risk mitigation and flexibility within supply chain including, supplier sourcing and leverage to deliver improvement, quality, supplier performance and cost reduction.

  • Be a self-starter and be able to represent the procurement function

  • In Contract support


  • Delivery and achievement focused, managing conflicting priorities whilst working at pace

  • Highly customer focused and motivated by exceeding customer expectations

  • Independent worker with high degree of professionalism and integrity.



  • Hand on experienced in the delivery of Framework Taskings and sourcing (Desirable)

  • Knowledge and understanding of procurement systems and infrastructure


Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 


About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.