Opportunities for permanent roles in a range of business sectors

Senior Buyer

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

Since 1909, we have been valued for our integrity, performance and customer focus which we have demonstrated through our innovative solutions and ability to deliver on time and to cost. 

We specialise in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture.  Our capabilities include engineering design, manufacture, test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration and product support.   

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies that employs over 6,000 people with a turnover in excess of £2.7bn.

We are a respected total solutions provider for the military and commercial sectors

Job Description

Due to internal progression, we have an opportunity for a Senior Buyer to join our busy Supply Chain team within MADG.  This challenging role in a dynamic MRO environment, encompasses multiple end to end supply chain activities pivotal to the fundamental success of the Aerospace Operation.

This role is seen as a pivotal role within the procurement team. Working closely with the Senior Material Controllers to ensure the facilitation, coordination and alignment of the Supply Chain. The main duties associated with the role are:-

Supplier Management and Development, liaising with the wider team to facilitate: 

  • Development and collaboration  of Suppliers (SRM)

  • Develop appropriate KPIs to measure success.

  • An aligned, assessed and performing Supply Chain.

  • The supply of components and materials to the point of demand.

  • Determination of appropriate mitigation of risk through agreed "Root Cause Analysis" and associated action planning.

  • Communication of effective forward visibility in terms of forecasts, stocking policy etc..

  • Contribute to the Supplier negotiation.

Procurement of materials and services:

  • Tactical management of assigned suppliers to ensure a timely and effective supply.

  • Understanding and the effective communication of supplier disruptions.

  • Analysis and interpretation of purchasing data.

  • Providing training, support and guidance within the department.

  • Maintain the ERP system to reflect the current supply situation; LT’s, Costs, Delivery Dates etc..

  • Obtain and manage an appropriate quoting system – establishing the best option(s).

  • Raise appropriate Purchase orders.

  • Reviewing of Shortage Reports.

  • Assist in the management of DMR’s.

This is an opportunity for the right candidate to gain skills and to be part of the business during an exciting and challenging time.


  • Ideally Degree in a an relative subject - i.e.Business Management, Supply Chain, CIPS
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar role within MRO or Manufacturing
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
  • Good Commercial understanding
  • A demonstrable background in Procurement/Planning role 
  • Positive and proactive attitude to work
  • Ability to make decisions, either alone or as part of team
  • Good negotiation skills at all levels of the Business
  • Aptitude for learning and development
  • Analytical with the ability to manipulate and assess data to provide a useable framework for decision making

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either an MoD SC (Security Check), appropriate UK Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.