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Head of Supply Chain

  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 5 days ago

  • Sector: Defence
  • Contact: Emma Lamb
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01942 323277
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 12 February 2022
  • Job Ref: 1039263
NRL are currently recruiting for an experienced Head of Supply Chain to work on a remote basis for one of our leading clients. Please note this is a permanent positon. 

Main Purpose of Role
The main purpose of the role is to lead the successful delivery of multiple Supply Chain outputs for Goods and Services within a cross site environment. The Head of Supply Chain (Central Services) will act as a the lead functional representative for all Central Services within Supply Chain used across the DRDL site ensuring the P&SC function is suitably represented in key forums, offering professional guidance to BU customers and supporting delivery of BU activities through a range of management activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences:
  • Bidding and Business Growth
  • Supply Base Design
  • Sourcing and Contract Management
  • Negotiation 
  • Strong Communication (written and verbal) with the ability to present updates at Board Level
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data to make decisions
  • Planning and organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise high profile tasks simultaneously
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Change Management
  • Performance Management
  • Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • Able to build and maintain relationships
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Competent with MS Office, including intermediate to advanced Excel skills
  • Ability to translate strategy into improvement activities
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience of people management
  • Demonstrable experience in strategy development and delivery
  • Experience of running a Shared Service in a high volume environment
  • Experience working within highly regulated environments
  • A proven ability to develop team members and build capability
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills at all levels
  • Developing a culture encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion
Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement and continually evolve a procurement strategy which supports both the BU requirements and the wider Naval Nuclear business, and is aligned with the strategic direction of the Group P&SC function. 
  • Manage a team of Procurement professionals to support BU requirements, ensuring appropriate capability, capacity and structure to meet both current and future demands with a clear set of accountabilities for key activities aligned to other departments and teams.   
  • Monitor and manage overall supply chain performance within the BU and lead plans to maximise performance both internally and externally. 
  • Set up and manage suitable contracting arrangements in line with the needs of the BU.
  • Ensure P&SC best practice is deployed within the BU to enhance outcomes, including but not limited to Supply Base Design, SRM/SPM, Risk Management and Value Management. 
  • Ensure functional compliance with the company’s corporate procedures and other wider legislative requirements.
  • Provide management reporting to senior managers and the Naval Nuclear Directorship.
  • Manage budgets for the Procurement team within the respective BU.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)
  • Professional accreditation desirable (e.g. CIPS, CILT, CIPD, CMI)
Overall Department Direction:
The Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) is the UK MoD’s new contracting framework designed to replace the Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) and Submarine Deep Maintenance Period (DMP) contracts.  It will sustain over 9,400 jobs in the UK ensuring ongoing industrial support of the Royal Navy’s capabilities, including new aircraft carriers, surface combatants and submarines as well as the infrastructure at the Naval Bases at Devonport and on the Clyde.  

It is an ambitious programme designed to improve vessel availability, increase resilience of the maritime defence supply chain and ensure certainty of delivery, while also seeking substantial reductions in total support costs.  Babcock must achieve all of these outcomes against a backdrop of increasingly complex commercial and regulatory requirements.
For Procurement and Supply Chain (P&SC), these increased complexities have created challenges in ensuring the function can deliver an effective and efficient value-adding service to the wider Babcock organisation and ultimately the UK MoD that remains compliant with all necessary requirements.  

As a result, the supply chain function has embarked on an exciting transformations to its structure which are designed to modernise the function and deliver the required benefits.

In support of this, the supply chain team have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Supply Chain (Central Services) to join the team and develop and implement a people, performance and potential strategy which will ensure the function have the required capabilities and capacity to support the transformation and wider-strategic aspirations. The role will lead on multiple cross site services in Planning and Procurement ensuring customer’s requirements are met against the outputs of Ships, Submarines and Infrastructure support.