We’re on the look out to add a Senior Mechanical Buyer to our elite workforce

Are you on the lookout for an electrifying career in a dynamic, booming industry? Are you passionate about what you do and constantly on the lookout for the next big idea? Then we want you!

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. That’s why we’re on the look out to add a Senior Mechanical Buyer to our elite workforce.

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.

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

As a Senior Mechanical Buyer your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Proven experience of working in a supply chain organisation. 
  • Previous experience as a buyer within a manufacturing company is an advantage.
  • A degree in business, operations, supply chain, or related field.
  • Experiencing of influencing and/or negotiating.
  • Experience of supplier relationship management.
  • Technical knowledge of Electro-mechanical parts and assemblies.
  • Ability to work to financial and time-sensitive constraints.
  • CIPS certification is desirable

As a Senior Mechanical Buyer your key responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the end-to-end supply chain relationships with a specified group of vendors to ensure the best possible quality, cost, delivery and overall supplier reliability for the Business Unit.
  • Manage associated sourcing and tendering processes in accordance with project or production deliverables.
  • Review material demand requirements to ensure component deliveries are scheduled in line with production requirements; reviewing, negotiating and issuing purchase orders and making necessary changes to requirements, schedule and price. 
  • Analyse and process supplier notifications for the category.
  • Early engagement with relevant stakeholders to review and challenge engineering specifications with the purpose of developing appropriate procurement strategies to support the business needs.
  • Undertake supplier negotiations within the category to ensure appropriate and cost effective solutions are achieved.
  • Be the data owner for all supply master data for the category.
  • Monitor the delivery status of scheduled receipts to ensure on time delivery to manufacturing need date.
  • Research vendors and develop new and alternative sources of supply and carry out transfer of work per the defined process.
  • Follow vendor reduction strategy for the category.
  • Create and maintain market profiles for the category.
  • Continually monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of suppliers.
  • Ensure timely disposition and return of any non-conforming supplier material ensuring rapid replenishment to support production need.
  • Manage day to day procurement activities including internal and vendor communications; negotiating price changes with vendors, negotiating revised terms and special arrangements with vendors.
  • Deploy responsible supply chain management practices in accordance with Company policy.
  • Significantly contribute to the on-going capability development and performance of the function.

Core Competencies

  • Managing Time and Priorities – Self and indirect reports.
  • Teamwork and stakeholder management.
  • Business Operations, Systems and Processes
  • Business Improvement
  • Production Lifecycle Management
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Cost and Contract Management
  • Supply Chain Definition
  • MRP
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Supplier Relationship Management


In addition to a competitive salary, you will also join a flexible benefits scheme offering private medical insurance, life assurance, 8% matched pension and 25 days holiday per annum with the ability to buy and sell days. We are also happy to offer flexible working and a part-subsidised cafeteria.


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