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Supply Chain Manager

Date: 01-Feb-2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The role is positioned with Group Supply Chain & Procurement, Manufacturing & Disruptive Technologies area with responsibility for leading procurement activities and developing supply chain solutions on behalf of our Integrated Delivery Teams; working closely with internal project teams, external suppliers and partners.

The primary requirement of the role is to provide Procurement & Supply Chain leadership, development and delivery of Customer awarded programmes across all of QinetiQ’s business units.


Key Accountabilities:-

  • The Supply Chain Manager will closely liaise with the programme team for the assigned product portfolio
  • The Supply Chain Manager will conduct initial view of Supply market, examine opportunity vs risks, conduct Route to Market analysis, conduct Supplier due diligences, conduct supply chain assurance and prepare supplier readiness plan, form Make Vs Buy strategy, develop potential supply partners profile, develop sourcing strategy, Initiate RFQ, and down select potential suppliers etc.
  • The Supply Chain Manager will support the Programme Manager and the BD commercial team with all formal Pre-Bid Procurement activities in line with the GSC&P Service Lines.
  • The role shall provide end to end Supply Chain advice, raw material sourcing, supply assurance, delivery, supply chain management and procurement against requirements.
  • In contract supplier management
  • Efficient & effective day to day management of supply chain in support of Customer bidding and QinetiQ programmes
  • The Supply Chain Manager will develop supply chain network map, develop supplier readiness plan and de-risk supply chain risks, develop negotiation plan, flow down customer requirements, place contracts, on-boarding suppliers, and execute supply chain delivery plan, etc.
  • The Supply Chain Manager will support team with contractual queries, flow down of DEFCONs, contract amendments, support engineering team in refining BOM and improving supplier quality standards, support team to procure BOM, and support miscellaneous procurement activities etc.
  • The Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for all post-contract SRM activities.
  • Providing strategic/functional development and execution of business strategies
  • Stakeholder management (internal and external).
  • Management planning of current and future workload.
  • Harnessing innovative solutions from existing and future supply chain partners.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge:-


  • Relevant knowledge & experience of procurement and prime contract management (Essential)
  • Confident in communicating, influencing and building relationships with cross-functional colleagues, suppliers and business stakeholders


  • Problem solving ability, detail oriented and ability to manage multiple tasks. (Essential)
  • Managing prime contract interfaces, risk mitigation and flexibility within supply chain including, supplier sourcing and leverage to deliver improvement, quality, performance, innovation and cost reduction.
  • Be a self-starter and be able to represent the procurement function


  • 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.


  • Proven contract negotiation skills in both a strategic relationship and sourcing environment
  • Experienced in the delivery of Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain Management
  • Knowledge and understanding of procurement systems and infrastructure


Experience & Qualifications:-

Educational Qualifications:

  • Business, IT, Finance, Supply Chain Management or Engineering; higher-level education or degree qualification preferred

Professional Qualifications:

  • MCIPS or equivalent professional qualification preferred

Working Experience:

  • 5+ yrs experience of working within Procurement / Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement experience in a project management environment
  • Proven experience of Contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of procurement systems and infrastructure.
  • Knowledge & prior experience of strategic bidding and business development.
  • Security Clearance to be held and maintained at level appropriate for this role (SC)

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.