Sub-Contracts Manager

  • Location

    Bristol, England

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £374.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Olivia Tarbuck

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    5 Months

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Our military and defence client in Bristol is looking for an experienced Subcontracts Manager.

The job holder may be responsible for subcontract management across the end to end life cycle ( eg development - bid - contract - execution) or a part thereof ( eg only execution) depending on the business organisational model or the business case.

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.

Responsibilities in support of the Project Phase

Work with key stakeholders to ensure the release of procurement specifications, statements of work and requisitions to support project delivery.

Validate target costs and all savings per work package.

Work with the Acquisition Project Manager to contribute towards monthly procurement reporting to the Project.

Contribute to the Procurement Risk Register, ensuring appropriate risk is captured and Supplier mitigation actions are undertaken and completed.

Manage all procurement costs through the lifecycle of the project.

Analyse costs of products and systems to identify focus areas or opportunities for reduction.

Work with Technical teams to resolve design issues impacting on Supplier performance

Commit to procurement performance including bought in costs, delivery/lead times, quality, resource management, risks and opportunities.

Ensure suppliers are paid on time in accordance with the contract, and only after acceptable delivery or milestone performance.

Annual review and presentation of performance for suppliers to the wider business as part of a strategic appraisal of each supplier. Manage any follow-up actions with the supplier that may arise from the review.

Analyse existing subcontracts (including terms and condition, statement of works, technical requirement specifications, etc) and analyse areas of risk such as conflicts, deviations and ambiguities. Make appropriate recommendations to the wider Project on the mitigation of such risks while monitoring and supporting any subsequent remedial actions.

Infrequent interface with the end customer for any threats and opportunities affecting relevant supplier(s)


Essential -

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

Desirable -

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