Lead Buyer

Location: Derby or Warrington, Manchester

Organisation: Procurement & Supply Chain, Supply Chain

Department: Procurement & Supply Chain, Supply Chain Procurement

Role Title – Lead Buyer

Location – Derby/Manchester/Manchester (Hybrid)

Salary - £42,000 - £56,000 plus package

We are Rolls-Royce SMR and we’re doing something that’s never been done before. We’re revolutionising an industry. That’s a once-in-a-career opportunity for those excited by such a challenge. This is more than just a job this is a legacy.

We are now recruiting for the exciting role of Lead Buyer, to be involved in developing a global supply chain and creating opportunities for the wider industry.

Role Purpose:

To deliver sourcing strategies and manage suppliers working closely with stakeholders at all levels internally as well as externally.

Key Results & Achievements
Development, delivery and approval of sourcing campaigns in accordance with RR SMR business constraints (time, cost, quality)
Internal and External stakeholder management throughout the entire life of a procurement campaign

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Also, if you are considering a career move or a sector-jump, please get in touch, we welcome applications from people with transferable skills.

Key Selection Criteria

Supplier Selection and Management:

Select and manage the Rolls-Royce global supply chain that will deliver the most efficient and cost-effective service to SMR development. Establish the commercial framework in which the suppliers shall operate, ensuring cost competitiveness, value for money and cost improvement is achieved. Ensure both the business and the suppliers comply with all required process’

Strategy Development:
Develop and implement global external supplier and commodity strategies which will drive sustainable improvements in quality, cost and delivery.

Purchasing Process
Run global and / or strategic tenders to enable these and help to define and execute the Purchase to Pay (P2P) solutions that underpin the strategies.

Stakeholder Management
Responsible for relationship management and business development of suppliers within their category area or business project to which assigned.

Training & Qualification requirements
BA degree or equivalent or significant industry experience
Ideally MCIPs qualified or equivalent

Desirable qualities:

  • Advanced MS Excel skills for Cost Modelling and Reporting
  • Proven track record of delivering results
  • Global outlook and exposure to different challenges, cultures and ways of working.
  • Good planning / project management skills
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Strong indirect purchasing knowledge required
  • Proven experience in defining and delivering global category management and strategic sourcing activities
  • Supply chain management knowledge preferred

Pay and Benefits
We anticipate a paying salary of between £42,000 - £56,000 plus
A performance related bonus of up to 12.5%,
An attractive pension scheme with 12% employer and 6% employee contributions.
You will also receive a flexible benefits allowance of £2,200, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.
BUPA personal health cover
£250 one-off cash allowance on joining to spend on your home-office set-up

We are Rolls-Royce SMR
Rolls-Royce SMR is a rare employer because it blends the world-class brand of Rolls Royce with an exciting start-up that has a hugely challenging mission. We’re doing work that contributes to the survival of the planet. Because of our mission, there’s a pace and energy that is palpable, and our leaders draw you in with their passion, energy, and determination.

We’re one of a handful of employers who can genuinely say we’re a strengths-based organisation – our people are here because of what makes them great, and our job is to help them make the best contribution of their careers doing work they love.

The start-up mentality coupled with our strengths-approach to people means there are opportunities to grow in ways and jobs you probably would be barred from doing in more traditional companies.

Each Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470MW of low carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power a million homes. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping to support the roll out of renewable generation and overcome intermittency issues

Our Culture
At Rolls-Royce SMR, we are committed to ensuring that our teams reflect the communities we serve and that everyone can be themselves at work. We know that diverse teams are more innovative and get better results, and that our people can thrive and be more successful in truly inclusive cultures. Join us and help shape our culture. Find out more about our inclusion pledge.

Rolls-Royce SMR is a place where everyone can grow, so whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day and help shape our culture.

Our Application Process
Due to the safety regulations within the nuclear industry, applicants will be required to participate in additional screening. These are:

  • Obtaining Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance
  • Satisfactory completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Satisfactory completion of a basic financial probity check

Your candidate experience is at the utmost importance to us. If you are not yet ready to apply but would like to discuss any of the above or require any reasonable adjustments (e.g. being able to apply in a different format), please contact [email protected] to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.

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