Supply Chain Manager - Defence/Manufacturing

Posted 22/04/2024 by Barclay Meade

East London, London

The role is to ensure the 5 key values below are consistently met:

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Realisation of sales targets
  • Optimisation of business processes associated with the control of inventories, WIP and supply to manufacturing
  • Optimisation of logistics costs
  • Supplier performance

what the role includes:

  • Manage the entire life cycle of sourcing and procurement projects, from planning and bid preparation to budget/forecasting, negotiation, invoicing and reporting.
  • Lead on the preparation and release of all customer quotations ensuring they have had input from all required functions, are accurate and can be delivered as stated.
  • Implement and maintain policies and procedures and ensure best practice procurement processes are continually developed.
  • Develop procurement strategies relating to all spend areas.
  • Develop and implement procedures or systems to evaluate and select suppliers.
  • Responsible, in conjunction with the Quality Director, for developing and implementing rules and management procedures that will aim to achieve the objectives of the supply chain, and be responsible for management settings in ERP and PLM software tools to optimise all data.
  • Manage supplier agreements by ensuring maintenance of a central register of contracts, pricing, details and documents
  • Monitor the sales forecasts and identify changes that would have an impact on supply chain activities.
  • Responsible on behalf of the CEO and CFO for all Export licencing and shipping, and ensuring that the business meets all its legal obligations.
  • Develop robust processes that ensure business compliance with ITAR and Section 5 of The Firearms Act (As Amended)
  • Develop procedures for co-ordination of supply chain management with other functional areas such as sales/business development, marketing, quality assurance and production.
  • Working with both the VP Operations and Group IT personnel, ensure that we are fully engaged, and thus set up and ready, for when the groups new ERP/MES solution is defined.
  • Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow.
  • Development and management of pre and post customer delivery KPI's. Develop, measure and monitor KPIs for categories of expenditure through supplier reviews. Monitor compliance with supply agreements by requesting supplier reports.

Essential experience:

  • demonstrate a good track record as a logistics/supply chain manager within a fast pace operations environment.
  • A key part of this role will be the promotion of a team working spirit whilst maintaining strong leadership and discipline within the workplace. In order to achieve this you must be diligent, hard-working and honest in order to inspire these qualities in others and maintain the respect of long co-workers and team leaders.
  • Your role will be intrinsically linked to that of the production organisation, and your success will be directly linked to the relationship created and managed with this organisation.
  • A thorough understanding of ISO 9000 quality standards and accreditation is essential and knowledge of ISO 14001, Health and Safety (IOSH Managing Safely) and general 5S would be an advantage.
  • You must have a firm understanding of ERP principles and be able to demonstrate a number of years of working and developing ERP systems.
  • You will lead and be responsible for a system of continuous improvement (in agreement with the CFO) that delivers an on-going enhancement to both the internal and external supply chains, reporting the Companies capacity and maintenance of targets to the VP of Operations.


  • 4-day working week (Mon-Thur 06:30 - 16:20)
  • 20 days (5 weeks) holiday + bank holidays that fall on a Monday (7 days). 1 additional paid day off in 2024 (24th Dec).
  • Annual performance bonus (last 2 years were 5% of salary, pro-rata)
  • Annual salary review for all employees (last year was 5% increase)
  • Company mobile phone & laptop.
  • Generous training budget for leadership team / colleagues
  • Salary sacrifice car leasing scheme option (after 12 months service)
  • EAP (24/7 mental health support including face to face counselling) support for you and your household

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