Supply Chain Manager (Pre-Contract Support)

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    Craig Lawrence

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iO Associates have partnered up with a company that primarily supports the Naval Defence and Marine industries, providing complete solutions to customer needs from analysis of initial customer requirements right through to commissioning and support, who are currently recruiting for a Supply Chain Manager for Pre-Contract Support.

The company are currently going through a Supply Chain & Procurement Transformation to deliver the best support to help the company achieve it's goals.

The Supply Chain Manager (Pre-Contract Support) will be responsible for coordination and successful execution of all bid and pre contract activity across the function, in particular leading on major bids, spare and repairs activity. They must also understand the cost breakdown associated with supplier quotations and price modelling, such that opportunities for cost reduction can be recognised.

Duties will include:

  • Support delivery of the functions' overall Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy, in turn supporting achievement of the company's corporate goals.
  • Act as key interface to all bid activity with the company's Bid and Commercial functions, ensuring bid scheduling is clear and procurement resource identified.
  • Ensure that all procurement data is maintained on systems, including ERP, to support accurate bid management, as well as ensuring procurement process / procedures are maintained.
  • Ensure supplier quotations meet commercial, technical and quality requirements and where appropriate quotations or specifications are challenged to ensure solutions and costs are feasible and sustainable.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of commercial acumen and understanding of key supply chain / market drivers, including use of relevant market indices.
  • Provide sound commodity and service costing input as required for bid activity.
  • Provide input and support to Central Procurement and Project Delivery colleagues where required in support of bid requirements, technical support and supplier onboarding activity. Undertake RFQ process, order placement, and contract and supplier management as required to ensure workload across the function is appropriately managed.
  • Mentoring, developing and managing a team of direct reports, including performance appraisal and objective management, as well as management of standard personnel matters (attendance, holidays, disciplinary issues etc.).
  • Identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement, seeking to optimize existing processes, eliminate duplication of effort and enhance quality and reliability of data.
  • Ensure all activities comply with company policies, procedures and reporting requirements.
  • Lead, or support, supplier negotiations as required, including review and negotiation of contractual terms.
  • Develop an extensive and informed external network, enabling the post holder to stay informed on relevant market or industry changes, new technologies or supply solutions, and emerging markets.
  • Provide a route of issue escalation and resolution, for example providing expert support in supplier negotiations, for staff and colleagues.
  • Presentation of procurement metrics and status reports at organizational regular meetings.

Essential skills, experience and knowledge requirements:
The successful candidate must;

  • Degree within a business, procurement or related field / CIPS level 4.
  • Previous experience of line management to deliver results.
  • Good understanding of commodity cost profiling and cost negotiation.
  • Experience of end to end bid activity and use of Bills of Materials (BOM) and Product Requirements Document (PRD).
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Experience of use of Incoterms.
  • Effective communication skills (written, oral and presentation).
  • Previous experience in use of ERP systems.
  • Be able to pro-actively and effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and deliver results.

The company are looking to start interviews next week and would be looking to fill the position quickly, so if you are interested in the role then please get in touch with Craig Lawrence @ iO Associates or by uploading your CV on the link provided.