Buyer – Programmes

Requisition ID: R10013348

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: Cheltenham - GLS, United Kingdom
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Security Check (SC)
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.


As a Buyer you will ensure delivery of a sustainable supply chain to support the programmes you are aligned to. Working within the defined processes and procedure, you will protect the commercial and financial interests of the company whilst ensuring that customer needs are met.  You will work with the other members of the team to improve optimisation of spend, collaboration with 3rd parties and developing ways of working through continuous improvement exercises and operation delivery such as demand forecasting, PO management, materials sourcing, scheduling and inventory management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Accountable for meeting programme schedule and budget commitments through supplier management including;
  • Working with the programme, identifying suppliers for 3rd party programme items and services.
  • Carrying out competitive exercises to maintain on-time delivery to programme at best value with support from senior team mates where appropriate.  
  • Flow down of appropriate customer terms and conditions
  • Support positive and mutually beneficial supplier relationships
  • Manage supplier price and availability, including alternative sources, in line with programme needs.
  • Highlight and/or escalate, in a timely fashion, any supplier delinquency that affects the programme delivery schedule.
  • Carry out supplier performance measurement activities as required in our procedures including;
  • Undertake reviews of the key partners (bi-annually as a min).
  • Working with Mission Assurance and others, monitor supplier performance, such as OTIF, quality, management and values.
  • Report performance measures and areas of improvement where appropriate.
  • Carry out other ad-hoc tasks that may reasonably be required

Competency/Skill requirements

  • Understanding of how supply chain operates within an organisation
  • Purchase order drafting
  • Understanding of contract/subcontract law and management
  • Capable of identifying issues and supporting the development of resolution.
  • Organised, adept at workload management and prioritising appropriately to meet deadlines
  • Flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • Proactive team worker, equally self-motivated and able to work autonomously
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with all audiences/stakeholders
  • Proficient user of MS office
  • Competent in PowerPoint and face-to-face presentation delivery
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Strong customer focus
  • Engaging ‘can do’ attitude
  • Clearance requirements Post-holder must hold and maintain UK Government clearances where required

Preferred qualifications / experience 

  • Export/import control including knowledge of ITAR

Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.