Senior Buyer

Requisition ID: R10016612

  • 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 Senior Buyer, you will be responsible for delivery of a sustainable supply chain to support the programmes assigned to you. 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. This role will include some strategic activities through 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;
  • Identification of suitable suppliers for 3rd party items and services.
  • Lead competitive exercises to maintain on-time delivery to programme at best value. 
  • Negotiation and implementation of agreements with appropriate customer flow downs.   
  • Proactively maintain positive and mutually beneficial supplier relationships.
  • Manage supplier price and availability, including alternative sources, in line with programme needs.
  • Monitor and manage obsolescence and other supply issues, providing status updates and reports as requested
  • Highlight and/or escalate, in a timely fashion, any supplier delinquency that affects the programme delivery schedule.
  • Ensuring that supplier performance measurement activities are maintained through good practise, 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

General Operational duties

  • Attend Business Management department meetings as required
  • Remain compliant with all applicable processes and procedures Business Management / Command Media Processes and procedures
  • Support programme delivery by providing professional supply chain engagement
  • Provide regular progress/ performance reporting on supply chain status of programmes.

Competency/Skill requirements

  • Adept at problem-solving relatively complex issues and able to develop solutions to a variety of problems
  • Good attention to detail
  • 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

Person Specification

Essential qualifications / experience 

  • Qualified in a relevant subject
  • Demonstrable experience of proposal work and review
  • Proven track record of building strong supplier relationships
  • Evidenced success in negotiating subcontracts prices
  • Relevant experience of working within a supply chain function
  • Experience and understanding of how supply chain operates within an organisation
  • Purchase order drafting
  • Experience of understanding of contract/subcontract law and management

Preferred qualifications / experience 

  • CIPS qualified/ working towards
  • Export/import control including knowledge of ITAR
  • Knowledge of European languages

Other requirements

  • Travel requirements: Some UK travel may be required to attend team/customer/ supplier meetings and training activities
  • Clearance requirements: Post-holder must hold and maintain UK Government clearances where required

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.