Date posted: 13 Dec 2021

Aerospace and defence equipment wouldn’t be able to operate if it wasn’t for avionic manufacturers like Chelton. We pride ourselves on working with customers and being attuned to industry trends to expand the possibilities of aerospace and defence and give our customers a helping hand in achieving mission success. Working in challenging environments, producing failsafe technology with smart thinking – it’s just what we do. But we couldn’t do it without the Chelton A-team.

As a Buyer working on our NPI (New Product Introduction) you will work cross functionally with our suppliers, programme management, engineering and quality teams as well as aiding the development of procurement strategies, researching vendors, managing the tendering process and end to end supply chain. You will also be expected to contribute to the on-going capability and performance of the function; a pragmatic individual with experience of working in supply chain across multiple projects is what we are looking for. We will support you to achieve your CIPS certification if you do not already have this. 

This role will be based at our headquarters in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the end-to-end supply chain of key items to ensure the best possible quality, cost, delivery and overall supplier reliability

  • Manage associated sourcing and tendering processes

  • Ensure hardware deliveries are scheduled in line with production requirements; reviewing, negotiating and issuing purchase orders and adjust accordingly

  • Review and challenge engineering specifications to support the development of  procurement strategies

  • Undertake supplier negotiations to ensure appropriate and cost effective solutions are achieved

  • Research vendors and develop new and alternative sources of supply.

  • Create and maintain UPCs for products.

  • Ensure timely return of non-conforming supplier material 

  • Manage key stakeholder expectations

  • Assisting and supporting design reviews

  • Technical knowledge of Electro-mechanical parts and assemblies.

    Person Specification:

  • Experience of supply chain management

  • Supplier relationship management 
  • Experience as a buyer within a project setting, working on multiple projects

  • Good influencing and negotiating skills

  • Commercial acumen 

It would be advantageous if you had:

  • Technical knowledge of Electro-mechanical parts and assemblies.
  • Part qualified or qualified CIPS certification
  • Experience working in new product development 
  • Experience within a manufacturing company 


  • Competitive salary 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy and sell leave
  • Bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Flexible benefits scheme
  • Pension contribution matched up to 8%
  • Flexible working
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

Securing success in some of the world’s most demanding environments isn’t just down to Chelton’s failsafe, pioneering technology. From aerospace and defence communications through to navigation and electronic warfare, it’s all driven by the people behind it.

No two days are ever the same at Chelton, you’ll constantly be faced with new challenges to overcome. From the very beginning, you will be able to take full ownership and accountability to see products through to success. After all, where would we be if it wasn’t for the people behind the products?

If you’re looking to leave your mark on the world, why not choose the exhilarating world of aerospace and defence and better yet, join Chelton for your chance to innovate, create and excite.