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26 Jan 2021

Full-Time SDA Key Supply Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£38,250 – £45,000 per annum (plus benefits).


The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

Job description

Are you interested in the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s leading, most exciting Defence projects?

The Royal Navy’s Submarine Service has operated the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent every hour of every day for nearly 50 years, protecting our nation from the most extreme threats. The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) are recruiting for a Key Supply Manager to work across all elements of the submarine programme, helping deliver the UK’s next generation of ballistic missile submarines – The Dreadnought Class – and support the existing fleet of in-service submarines.

This requirement sits within the Supply Management Team, part of Commercial Directorate of the SDA. You will work across all submarine programmes, working with stakeholders on improvement interventions, and ensuring proper engagement with selected submarine programme suppliers. Alongside key industry partners, you will identify supplier fragility, quality, or poor performance, and instigate the action required to improve this status, and engage with suppliers to make business improvement programmes. The ability of our suppliers to deliver on their quality assurance commitments and achieve their key performance metrics is critical to the successful delivery of our submarine programmes.

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this position is reserved for Sole UK Nationals only.


You will have a high degree of autonomy, working independently and remotely, with regular and potentially substantial (1-2 days p/w) travel, some of which may be international. You will not have any internal delivery manager responsibility but will be required to lead the activities of wider Enterprise teams as required by any supplier intervention.

Responsibilities of the post will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Initiate, develop and manage improvement plans for SDA sub-tier suppliers identified as requiring intervention for reasons of fragility, poor performance or quality, or because they are of strategic importance to the outputs.
• Engaging with key stakeholder, both prime contractors and sub-tier suppliers
• Meeting frequently with other Key Supply Managers, to review progress of individually owned plans, share best-practice and offer insight into one another’s work
• Working closely with SDA Delivery Team stakeholders to understand and articulate their interests and risks associated with the sub-tier supply chain
• Undertaking root cause analysis to identify and understand the issues contributing to poor supplier performance and create a plan to put corrective actions in place
• Participating with and leading cross-functional and multi-party Enterprise teams
• Taking ownership of supplier development plans and monitoring the performance of suppliers against agreed plans
• Ensure technical and quality risks and opportunities are captured and actively managed
• Agree quality management and assurance approaches with suppliers and ensure technical risks are understood and managed
• Develop QA surveillance and assurance plans in response to supplier, supply chain and technical risk
• Contribute to Quality investigations, root cause analysis, internal process performance improvement activities and supplier escalations/interventions

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Manufacturing and supply chain knowledge and experience
• The ability to engage and communicate at multiple levels, including with Commercial, Financial and Engineering subject matter experts, and to supplier board level
• Experience of working in a delivery environment at an operational level within a complex organisation
• Experience of managing commercial relationships and delivery of benefits
• Extremely good communicating and influencing skills
• Applied knowledge of QA within the acquisition and in-service environment
• Breadth of industry/manufacturing and QA experience gained from involvement with multiple projects and domains including supply chain engagement

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience and understanding of corporate recovery activity
• Experience and understanding of working within and driving collaborative culture
• Awareness of Commercial and Project Management (with an understanding of Prince 2 or APM methodologies)
• Awareness of Continuous Improvement and Problem-Solving toolsets (i.e. Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing)

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Quality Improvement
• Stakeholder and Comms Management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S & SDA – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our Engineers are exemplars both within DE&S & SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for SDA, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to ourDE&S & SDA Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 7th February 2021 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Defence, Key Supply Manager, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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