DE&S / SDA Supply Chain Manager


£19,000 – £27,000 pa. (plus benefits)

MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol

Closes: 5th May 2019

The opportunity

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised part of the Ministry of Defence. From the procurement of clothes to carriers, food to fighter jets, we ensure our UK military customers – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – have the equipment and support they need to carry out their duties effectively. We employ over 12,000 talented civil servants, military personnel and private contractors across more than 150 locations around the world operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years.

The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), was formed in April 2017 and assumed status as an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence in April 2018 and will employ 1,200 highly qualified professionals. As a standalone entity within the MOD, the SDA has been created as a high-performing organisation, bringing together existing expertise with heightened managerial, commercial and procurement capability to ensure the excellence and cost-efficient delivery of the UK’s nuclear submarine assets for decades to come.

Vacancies are currently available across both organisations. If successful, you may be assigned to either DE&S or SDA depending on your skillsets and our business needs.

Our Integrated Logistics (iLog) function is responsible for the development, management and delivery of new and/or in-service support. The iLog function has professionals whose expertise includes: Operations Management; Integrated Logistic Support (ILS), Supply Chain Management; Transport/Movement; Storekeeping/Warehouse Operations.

As a Supply Chain Manager, you will provide support to Demand & Supply planning activities and Inventory optimisation within a defined area of responsibility through maintenance of accurate Inventory records. You will identify areas of poor performance and opportunities for improvement, devising and ensuring Continuous Improvement initiatives are being upheld. Additionally, you will provide support and input to operational Supply Chain Management (SCM) across Inventory Management, Supplier Management, Demand Management and Performance Management activities, with accountability for Materiel Accounting transactional aspects of SCM including pricing, loan management and purchasing, repair and disposal transactions.

The Supply Chain Manager roles are multi-faceted, involving a wide range of duties, and the balancing of priorities. To be successful you must have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above (or equivalent/further academic evidence) or clear experience in your CV of working within a supply chain discipline (including purchasing, supply chain repair procedures, stock accounting and disposal activities). Your application will be enhanced with data management and analysis skills supporting the monitoring and validation of demand and supply information and experience of combining supplier management, demand planning, Inventory optimization and financial and performance management.

Previous experience of carrying out purchase, repair and disposal transactions, supervisory or management experience and strong communication skills engaging with stakeholders at all levels and the ability to provide effective representation at meetings/forums will lead to your success. Additionally, a background of working in a Defence, Civil Service or a large and complex organisation would be highly beneficial. To help you meet these responsibilities we will provide you with a comprehensive range of accredited training and development.

Please be aware that one of the positons will be based at BAE Systems in Bristol (New Filton House, Golf Course Lane, Bristol BS34 7QW).


Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.

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