Project Manager

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  • Location

    Crawley, West Sussex

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Project Management

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  • Contact:

    Louise Wardle

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

  • Duration:

    13 Months

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Project Manager with an aerospace/defence engineering background required for our leading defence client. Ideally this will be a part-time role, there is flexibility over number of hours/days.

The PM will represent Procurement as an integral part of a campaign, Bid or Product or Project team, leading the resources of the function in order to optimise it's contribution to producing competitive campaigns, bids and products, and delivering profitable projects.

Work with internal stakeholders to ensure Acquisition or Sourcing strategies for a campaign, bid, or product or project are aligned to the needs of the business in the short, medium and long term durations.

Work with the bid and product development teams to ascertain the work package needs, competitiveness objectives and target costs. Develop a supply chain architecture; negotiate with the supply chain, under these mandates, to obtain a complete and competitive supply chain architecture which delivers the full requirement of the bid/product.

Deliver a risk managed set of Terms and Conditions of contract for all elements of the supply chain.

In project phase, work closely with key stakeholders and functions as necessary, to manage all Procurement aspects ensuring work packages are executed in accordance with technical, program, cost and performance (quality and delivery) requirements.

Although the role maybe assigned to a particular business or location, the job holder may be requested to support the function's activities in other businesses or locations across the UK.

In most regards this role equates to the Acquisition Project Manager as defined in Chorus 2.

The role involves but is not limited to the following:

In the Bid Phase or for New Products In the Project Phase

  • Be seen as the lead Supply Chain architect for the assigned campaign, bid or project
  • As a result, create, agree, maintain all governance requirements and Acquisition Strategy and Plan with the bid/project team
  • Produce and agree the Purchasing Executive Summary
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to design the supply chain architecture to meet needs of the bid or product
  • Play a key role in defining and implementing strategies to meet the offset/industrial participation needs of the business where appropriate
  • Generate/ review RFQs, ensuring bid and program requirements are accurately captured
  • Ensure that the RFQ and contract packs are complete and agreed with stakeholders
  • Establish and maintain the Purchasing Summary Sheet (PSS) and other internal governance requirements
  • Allocate Work Packages accurately and on time to the relevant functional resources whether in UK Procurement Competency Centres or in the CBU.
  • Confirm tailoring and Purchase vet planning.
  • Facilitate both strategic and tactical the Make, Team, Buy process in line with medium term industrial plan for the business line
  • Lead the activities of the Procurement function to identify supply market innovation opportunities, involving suppliers in design upstream and optimizing risk-sharing
  • Identify and mitigate risks and maximize opportunities
  • Undertake commercial and contractual tasks at all times, including engaging with commercial teams to define suitable terms and conditions.
  • Ensure effectiveness by employing suitable reporting, tracking and performance management tools and techniques and represent Procurement at Bid reviews.
  • Co-ordinate the activity of all Procurement resources in support of the bid ensuring timely responses.
  • Record and report Upstream Price Decrease UPD Savings
  • Commit to Procurement performance in the bid including bought in costs, delivery/leadtimes, quality, resource management, cash-flow, risks and opportunities.
  • Create and provide accurate Procurement estimates, covering resource labour, material and Total Cost of Ownership to the bid team
  • Recognise export controls associated with supply chain architecture and program requirements including: ITAR(TAAs(& TCPs)/MLAs) EAR ECCN,UK & foreign Military and Dual-Use Controls
  • At all times understand and maximise commercial position with the supply chain

Compliance to Governance Rules

  • Ensure relevant governance is complied with, including Delegation Of Authority, Acquisition Log process and Purchase Order approval
  • Work in accordance with all internal processes
  • Comply with export control guidelines and policies
  • All assigned CAPAs (Corrective Action Preventative Action) and the respective stages for all Internal, External and Supplier Audits will be completed in the prescribed timeframe in the CAPA, to achieve zero overdue date performance
  • All assigned QUESTs will be completed in the prescribed timeframe to achieve zero overdue date performance"
  • Maintain an ethical approach to tasks and relationships in accordance with relevant internal policies
  • To drive sustainability in our projects to optimise cost benefits and innovation from within our supply chain, and pro-actively reduce risk and non-compliance to legislation (e.g. Bribery and Modern Slavery). To incorporate sustainable requirements: energy, climate change and material security & criticality (e.g. REACH, Conflict Minerals etc) into the product and services we procure



  • Commercially astute with advanced negotiation skills and experience including differing contracting models
  • Broad range of Procurement skills focused on: Needs Analysis, Design to Cost, Make-Team-Buy, Technical Interface Management, Acquisition Strategy definition, International Sourcing, Supplier Management, Risk and Opportunity Management, Subcontract Management.
  • Leadership, presentation and communication skills
  • Exceptional Interpersonal skills to optimise cross-functional & cross-organisational working and to work effectively with suppliers.
  • Negotiation skills in a complex systems' environment
  • Analytical skills
  • Commercially astute with advanced negotiation skills and experience including differing contracting models
  • Well-developed organisational skills


  • Team management, leadership and team development
  • Major development/manufacture sub-contract program/project management experience
  • Broad technical and commercial understanding of the product and associated bought in supplied parts and services
  • Ability to lead Make, Team, Buy decisions
  • Upstream purchasing techniques deployment, especially Co-Development, Co-Engineering, Value Engineering, Value Analysis, Functional Analysis, Cost Analysis.


  • Supplier Relationship and Performance Management, negotiation techniques and measurement


  • Experience of procurement tools such as E-ACQ,
  • Proven track record of working cooperatively with Engineering and R&T teams
  • Experience in using ERP systems including Oracle (B1) and / or SAP
  • Experience of presenting to end customers during bid or project phases



  • MCIPS, degree or equivalent qualifications in other commercial or project management disciplines


  • Already studying towards MCIPS or Business Degree/Qualification or equivalent or willingness to do so
  • Business or Engineering degree, or equivalent
  • Professional qualification in related disciplines eg Project Management, Engineering, Supply Chain

Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance.