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Lead Buyer

Requisition ID:  100144
Business Unit:  Airframe Systems Shepshed Group (1120)

Stevenage, HRT, United Kingdom, SG1 2DH

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Meggitt, a worldwide leader in aerospace, defence and selected energy markets. We believe in our vision of ‘Enabling the Extraordinary: To Fly, To Power, To Live”.

These core values – teamwork, integrity and excellence – are what have allowed us to become the company we are today. With facilities worldwide, Meggitt draws on over 160 years of expertise to enhance the lives of people across the globe.


Effectively manage procurement activities and cross-functional relationships with assigned suppliers ensuring appropriate Meggitt purchasing policies and procedures are applied at all times. Responsible for important internal and external relationships impacting financial, operational, and customer metrics as well as ensuring proper execution of assigned procurement activities including supplier management, commercial management, order book management, and supplier performance management to meet department and company objectives and targets.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with designated suppliers of goods and services to ensure quality, cost, delivery and responsiveness targets are being achieved. Manage and enforce contractual obligations.
  • Conduct requests for quotation, evaluation, negotiations, and sourcing activities as directed in order to obtain a full range of products and services from suppliers that meet planned performance targets and Meggitt guidelines.
  • Drive annual cost down and minimise supplier cost increases. Accountable for commodity Purchase Cost Variance (PCV) performance.
  • Raise orders and/or other demand signals accurately and on time to ensure all goods and services are supplied by customer and company requirements whilst at the same time optimising levels of inventory.
  • Ensure compliance with government laws and regulations and company policies and processes.
  • Manage day to day supplier quality, pricing and delivery issues, eradicating and/or escalating problems efficiently both internally and externally to minimise the impact on our business.
  • Manage system and supply chain performance parameters such as supplier contact information, lead times, minimum order quantities, delivery frequency, and schedules.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Previous experience in a similar position within the Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical or Pharmaceutical environment is essential.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Procurement in the Aerospace or Manufacturing field.
  • Successful track record of negotiating with a variety of suppliers, using different approaches & methodologies.
  • Confident to write specifications, prepare bid documents, handle bidding process and analyse all bid results.
  • Experienced in procuring parts from commodity suppliers and specialist manufacturers making customs parts or those suppliers providing specialist services.
  • Solves problems and exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to drive tasks to completion.
  • Proficient in using an ERP System.

What We Offer

Meggitt is proud to offer a competitive total rewards framework designed with our colleagues' health, wealth and well-being in mind to help our employees balance a successful career. Our competitive package will include:

  • Flexible working policies or the ability to accrue time off in lieu or for some roles to earn overtime.
  • Early finish on a Friday.
  • Pension Scheme up to 10% company contribution.
  • Employee Assistance Program for Health & Wellbeing.
  • Employee Perkz – offering our employees discounts on a huge variety of goods and services.
  • Income Protection.
  • Employee Resource Groups.
  • Volunteering day off.

Meggitt are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and beliefs define who we are as a business. We strongly believe that building a culture of respect and appreciation, will give everyone the opportunity to recognise their full potential.  #LI-IB1

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