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Location: Templecombe, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Airspace Mobility Solutions, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that's why we offer you the flexibility to do what's important to you; whether that's part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Subcontract Manager


The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Subcontract Manager to join the LAS - AOW team, You will be fully responsible for the management of subcontracted suppliers within a specified Thales bid, product or project, said suppliers may be developing and delivering complex, high risk, high value equipment or services normally under specific terms and conditions in lieu of purchase orders.

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.

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.


Responsibilities for Supplier Management

  • Manage, and be accountable for, the overall performance and compliance of their Supplier(s).
  • Ensure Supplier requirements are executed achieving favorable 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.
  • Recognize 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.

Responsibilities in support of the Bid Phase or development of New Products

  • Promote early Procurement and Supplier engagement in Bids, Projects and Product design
  • Contribute to the Acquisition Strategy and Plan
  • Responsible for providing accurate and updated information to the Procurement Summary Sheet (PSS) for their designated suppliers.
  • Assist in Purchase vet planning.

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.

  • Proven experience in mid to senior level procurement
  • Track record of success in a similar role in relevant businesses or markets
    • Supplier Relationship and Performance Management techniques and measurement
    • Use of Supplier Relationship and Performance Management techniques and measurement

  • Experience of e-procurement tools
  • 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 /Project Phases

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.

Thales UK is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process. To request an adjustment, if you need this job advert in an alternative format or if you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Resourcing Ops for mid to senior roles, or the Early Careers Team for graduate and apprentice roles.

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