Head of Procurement

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land
Telford, Shropshire
06 Sep 2019
03 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
A newly formed joint venture between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems, operating as RBSL (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land) is looking for a Head of Procurement to lead the function at their main site in Telford.

As Head of Procurement, you will be responsible for strategic development and direction of the function and ensuring output meets the capability needs of the programs and functions in order to achieve the overarching priorities of RBSL.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to engage and influence with fellow leadership team members, partners and suppliers, taking responsibility for the function and its effective management of the RBSL supply base enabling world class schedule, cost and quality performance.

This exciting challenge offers the opportunity to play a leading role in the set up and delivery of a manufacturing and combat vehicle production supply chain for the Telford facility on a number of new and exciting programs, working hand in hand with our operations and our major program leads.

Your main responsibilities as Head of Procurement will involve:

Effectively managing the function and its resources to discharge all procurement requirements through the full lifecycle of the RBSL business, whilst ensuring that Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) remains central to the task

Engaging as part of the RBSL leadership to align objectives with overarching business strategies and deliver agendas as defined by the business

Managing and evolving effective business management processes, in a manner that engages and involves all of the procurement team and where applicable, other functions within RBSL

Management and leadership responsibility for a growing team of skilled procurement professionals, group leaders and managers

Promoting a one-team approach across all RBSL sites whilst maintaining collaborative relationships with the parent companies of the Joint Venture, customers and partners

Championing SHE performance and quality within the RBSL supply chain and financial budget responsibility for the function

Your skills and qualifications as Head of Procurement:
  • Considerable procurement and supply chain management skills and experience at various organisational levels with a proven track record of success
  • Knowledge of best practice in strategic and operational procurement/supply chain models with experience managing partners and suppliers both pre and post contract, including contractual agreements, negotiations, supplier development, procurement governance and assurance and commodity management
  • Experience within management and leadership
  • Knowledge of defence industry procurement would be desirable

What we're looking for in you:

You should have a very high level of ability in finding solutions to problems with conflicting views of different functions and programs. You must be highly experienced and capable at building relationships and networks, with experience of leading diversely located teams, both direct and virtual, including service providers.

Location: Telford

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL)

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is a UK-based combat vehicles design, manufacturing and support business headquartered in Telford in the West Midlands.

As a new Joint Venture, we combine Rheinmetall's military vehicles technology and products, with the capabilities and products from BAE Systems including Trojan, Terrier, Warrior, military bridging and the AS90 self-propelled artillery system.

We aim to be a UK-based internationally competitive business, able to serve both the MOD and our international customers. Our objective is to become a market leader in the military vehicle sector by specialising in six core capabilities; heavy tracked armour, wheeled armour, artillery, military bridging, through-life support and protection.

In the short term we intend to play a major role in the delivery of the British Army's new Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) and other strategic combat vehicles programmes.

RBSL employs a skilled workforce of more than 450 employees, located at its headquarters in Telford as well as at sites near Newcastle, Bristol and in Dorset. This includes over 250 engineers who work continually to protect people and national security by supplying the most advanced products and in-service support available. We also work closely with partners and suppliers to support economic development through transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

We are looking for people with the passion, drive and technical skills to give the best they can every day, to make sure our troops receive only the best. In return, we offer you a role you can be proud of, that lets you grow and develop.

RBSL is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at RBSL. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Please be aware that many roles working for RBSL 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/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

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