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Head of Supply Chain (442jc)

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Location: High Wycombe
Salary: £ Highly Competitive
Vacancy type: Permanent
Sectors: Management, Procurement, Project Management, Senior Appointments
Placed by: Ex-Mil Recruitment
My client who are a UK based solutions provider and systems integrator operating in the Defence and Aerospace markets are now seeking a Head of Supply Chain to join their team.

The Head of Supply Chain is a key ambassador for the business both internally and externally, providing both strategic direction and operational leadership for the Company direct supply chain team, ensuring:
• Coordination with the commercial team and project delivery teams to ensure an appropriate level of contract flow down to key, high value or high-risk suppliers or subcontractors.
• Engagement and interaction with bid teams for key, high value or high-risk suppliers or subcontractors during the bid phase to ensure that quotes received include acceptance of an appropriate level of anticipated contract flow down.
• Lead all facets of Supply Chain management including, but not limited to; Procurement, Inventory Management, Material Forecasting, Sourcing, and financial management to budget.

Key Responsibilities
• Lead the activities of all functions involved in the sourcing, material acquisition, control of materials from the forecast demand to the delivery of stock to the production facilities
• Lead commercial negotiations for major procurement contracts; make recommendations on sourcing direction based on Total Cost of Ownership, supply chain & business risk, supply chain positioning & optimized strategic buffers
• Develop lean supply chain initiatives to ensure the Company maintains pace with their customer demand while protecting working capital
• Work with the Operations Director, to develop and implement a departmental strategy and budget which supports the overall business plan. Take ownership of specific areas of the plan, and manage their implementation including the development of key metrics and reporting
• Establish with effective leadership skills a continuous improvement culture
• Lead the creation and updating of relevant processes and procedures in addition to compliance with all regulatory requirements and ethical standards related to Supply Chain and the policies of the Company
• Lead and coach others in achieving Supply Chain excellence, quality control and safety
• Develop and continuously improve supplier relationship & performance programs, supported by relevant KPIs
• Contribute cross-departmentally with existing and new product development projects, ensuring timely acquisition of materials and a robust Supply Chain to support products from development to end of life
• Take responsibility for the employee lifecycle of direct reports, from recruitment, training and development, performance management and employee engagement
• Excellent analytical skills and ability to assimilate data from various sources and synthesize inputs into actionable, cost-effective plans
• Continuously analyse the supply chain and implement alternative sourcing strategies to reduce cost and improve performance.
• Support Customer offset requirements through the development of local supply solutions.

Skills, Qualification and Experience
• CIPS or equivalent Supply Chain or business management qualification, or equivalent experience preferred
• In depth knowledge of Current Best-In Class supplier qualification processes and supplier performance metrics
• Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to perform and produce results in a team environment. Experience with presentations of complex issues to upper and executive management
• Ability to manage multiple projects/priorities is required
• Over 5 years’ progressive experience within Procurement or Supply Chain with demonstrated experience in a leadership role; or equivalent combination of work experience and education
• Ability to thrive in pressure-filled situations with aggressive timelines

Personal Attributes
• Team player with strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently, think creatively, solve problems; ability to make timely, effective, fact-based decisions and take initiative

Benefits
In return the Company offers a competitive salary, bonus scheme based on company profit/cash targets, 25 days’ holiday with the option to buy additional 5 days, a flexible Company benefits scheme you can tailor to suit your needs, competitive Pension scheme with Life Assurance, flexible start/finish times, a confidential Employee Support Helpline, free car parking

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