Role Overview

The Senior Buyer is responsible for managing and assisting in the sourcing and scheduling of materials for a defined base of direct operational relevant suppliers and sourcing requirements for the Defence Programs. The efficient scheduling of supplier and NGSM`s outsourced manufacturing operations lies at the heart of the departments objectives, therefore aiming to deliver a stable and level schedule wherever possible.

Supply Chain Management consists of both strategic issues (e.g. optimising the network of product sourcing / distribution and collaboration with partners) as well as tactical and operational issues (such as demand forecasting, order promising, materials sourcing, sub-contracting work, scheduling and inventory management).

Key responsibilities:
  • Deliver the best total acquisition cost for the Defence business
  • Manage supplier product/equipment price and availability proposal inputs for Naval Services bids and major prospects for programmes entering into their support phase, and programmes extending their support periods of performance. 
  • Manage on going Supplier spares and repairs fulfilment needs of the Naval Services Department.
  • Develop supplier demand planning models for direct sourcing needs to meet on time and on budget requirements (schedule / quality) in accordance with the Programme structure.
  •  Align stock availability to customer demand across the assigned and defined Defence programme structure.
  • Undertake supplier negotiations for existing and new programme demands incl. price, schedule and terms and conditions, delivering best value for money and lowest risk to NGSM.
  • Proactively manage product obsolescence and end of life notifications with suppliers including last time buys, identifying alternative sources and form fit functional replacements.   
  • Ensure the product is delivered in accordance with specification, with delivery schedule and right qty.
  • Ensure the supply chain operates in full compliance with current policies, procedures, customer flow downs, program requirements and legal requirements in the area of Quality, Product Certification, Health & Safety, Material Authenticity etc. and where necessary driving through process improvements to meet changing business needs
  • Manage and deliver quarterly supplier quality and business reviews for all Class A suppliers
  • Develop strategic sourcing plans in accordance with the Programme / Project Requirements
  • Carry out periodic reviews with suppliers to ensure they satisfy the ongoing requirements of NGSM and that NGSM is contractually protected from predictable issues.
  • Deliver continuous improvement plans and actions and run improvement workshops.
  • Use data analysis to drive continuous improvement and deliver savings to the business 
  • Simplify the supply chain process to address NGSM`s overall strategic Supply Chain objectives.
Skills & Experience
  • Working knowledge of Material Requirements Planning / Materials Management
  • Supplier Cost management techniques
  • Strategic sourcing principles in line with Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Chain Guidelines (CIPS)
  • Stock and inventory turns management within Supply Chain
  • Good knowledge of Quality Control and Problem solving techniques (Process FMEA / Control Plans / 8D problem solving / 5Why / Ishikawa analysis)
  • Supplier dispute resolution
  • Supplier contract management
  • Kanban processes
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office Programs (EXCEL, WORD)
  • Value stream management and VSM mapping techniques
  • Very good oral and written English language skills
  • Knowledge of supply chain concepts
  • Supply chain and or procurement background
  • Excellent communicator / supply chain & purchasing skills / financial acumen
  • Ability to manage multiple projects / suppliers
  • Results oriented with credibility and decisive in nature.


  • Background in Maritime or Defence Industry Procurement
  • Member of  Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Chain (CIPS)
  • Security Cleared (SC)
All of our roles require successful candidates to undergo and maintain a Baseline Personnel Security Standard and/or United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) to obtain a Security Check (SC) without restrictions. Please note that in the event that the required clearance cannot be obtained you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security.
About Us
With over 100 years of history and expertise in navigation, we have established ourself as a major global provider of navigation solutions, including radars, compass systems, steering systems, speed logs, integrated bridge and control systems. We take pride in our commitment to provide 24/7support to all of our customers.

Our company grows because of our employees' dedication and commitment to achieving our mission, something we always remember. In return for working for us you will have access to a benefits package that provides you with flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life, health & well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development.

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