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Buyer (Defence Industry)

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Buyer (Defence Industry)

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorAerospace & Defence, Manufacturing
Salary£40,000 to £45,000 per annum
LocationsHampshire, South East (Excl London), Surrey
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted28 November 2018

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This is a great opportunity to be part of a lead defence business based in Farnborough. They are seeking a career motivated buyer who has a good core understanding of procurement principles to join the team reporting directly to the Strategic Procurement Manager.

Client Details

They are a leading British defence technology company headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire. It is one of the world's 50 largest defence contractor measured and the sixth-largest based in the UK. They provides technology-based products and services to government and commercial customers all around the world. They are a company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise that helps customers protect, improve and advance.


The role will be key in supporting the global procurement strategy and it is essential for the future of the department. You will work with a multitude of different stakeholders, while understanding key fundamentals and driving best value across all sourcing.

  • Working on Bidding and Programmes, with a strong emphasis on leading and supporting strategic bids into external customers.
  • Develop key relationships with internal stakeholders and external supplier.
  • Negotiate supplier product support quotations against pricing trends/benchmarks/cost models
  • Creation & execution of sourcing strategies, implementation of change programs and support to the development of supplier partnerships
  • Execute supplier sourcing nominations. Designing and implementing RFQ’s, tenders and auctions as appropriate
  • Developing and utilising supply market intelligence for commercial gain

The role is based in Farnborough but there also be travel to meet external stakeholder and supplier.


This is ideal for an ambitious individual to undertake responsibilities for high and critical spend, working closely with key suppliers and managing relationships to ensure long term success for the business. This role will greatly enhance your procurement skills, with opportunities for professional development, training and career progression.

Skills and experience
  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in professional procurement environment.
  • Previous knowledge and experience within bidding, is highly desirable.
  • Relevant and transferable knowledge within defence and/or technology industries
  • Degree educated (ideally studying CIPS too)
  • Self-starter and driven the succeed.
  • Excellent commercial & business acumen
  • Ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally

Job Offer

based on experience, up to £45,000 + Benefits and Bonuses

Based in Farnborough

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