R0037786 Sub-Contract Manager

  • Location

    Crawley, West Sussex

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £370 per annum

  • Contact:

    Chris Ward

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

  • Expiry date:


Primary Purpose of the Role:

To be fully responsible for the management of suppliers within a specified category in support of bids, products or projects. The role will require frequent and close engagement of suppliers to ensure that requirements are executed in accordance with technical, program, cost and performance (quality and delivery) requirements.

Management of Thales and Customer Change(s) with Supplier(s) making sure all subcontracts, are updated accordingly; including drafting, extending, renewing and terminating agreements. Management and development of appropriate mechanism (s) to monitor compliance to agreed terms and conditions with the supplier(s).

Contribute to Bids by liaising with the Bid team and/or Bids and Projects Procurement Manager to understand new requirements. Early engagement with Supplier(s) to support and contribute to producing competitive bids and products, and delivering profitable projects

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Responsibilities for Supplier Management

  • Manage, and be accountable for, the overall performance and compliance of their Supplier(s).
  • Ensure Supplier requirements are executed achieving favourable conditions and consistency with technical, program, cost and performance (quality and delivery) requirements.
  • Engage and communicate efficiently with internal Customers and Stakeholders as necessary in executing Supplier requirements.
  • Manage the procurement of all requirements for allocated Supplier(s) in full compliance to Thales processes.
  • Be the sole point of contact for all communications between Thales and the Supplier(s) including; Requests for Proposals and Quotations, supporting Technical discussions, Contract and Work Package kick-off meetings and evaluation of Supplier tenders.
  • Generate/review RFQs, ensuring bid and program requirements are captured
  • Evaluate supplier proposals for compliance against requirements and identify areas of risk/concern
  • Create accurate Procurement estimates, covering labour, material and Total Cost of Ownership to the bid team
  • Draft and negotiate agreements - MOUs, SLAs, Teaming Agreements, and Subcontracts.
  • Negotiation of sub-contracts, including appropriate Customer flow down, to support Project budget constraints and achieve timely performance whilst minimising programme risk and exploiting programme opportunities.
  • Manage the schedule and performance of allocated work packages, ensuring rigorous adherence to project management, quality and technical governance. Coordinate and lead subcontract review meetings including Identification and mobilisation of internal support to sub-contracts from other Thales departments.
  • 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
    • 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
    • Maintain an ethical approach to tasks and relationships in accordance with relevant Thales policies.
    • Ensure appropriate Supplier Relationship Management and Performance Management techniques are employed with Supplier(s) to improve performance, mitigate risk and capture innovation from suppliers.
    • Attend regular Progress Report Meetings with all Supplier(s) as part of managing performance and resolving issues in a jointly agreed and coordinated fashion.
    • Monthly measurement of Supplier metrics and enforcement of contractual agreement where Key Performance Indicators are not being met.
    • Recognise and identify subcontract claims as they develop and manage the timely resolution under changing provisions where possible, obtaining legal expertise where necessary.
    • Ensure relevant governance is complied with in accordance with Thales processes.
    • Record and report UPD Savings
    • Review and monitor supplier financial stability,identify risk areas prior to engagement and recognise trigger points where further analysis would be required.



  • Broad range of Procurement skills focused on: Needs Analysis, Design to Cost, Make-Team-Buy, Technical Interface Management, Supplier Management, Risk and Opportunity Management, Subcontract Management.
  • Convincing written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Interpersonal skills to optimise cross organisation working and to work effectively with Supplier(s).
  • 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 Thales product and associated bought in supplied parts and services
  • Ability to lead Make, Team, Buy decisions



  • 8 years plus relevant experience in a complex procurement environment
  • Track record of success in a similar role in relevant businesses or markets