We’re on the look out to add a Senior NPI 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 NPI 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 NPI Buyer, your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Proven experience of working within a Supply Chain organisation. 
  • Proven experience within New Product Introduction
  • 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 NPI Buyer, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Acting as Purchasing Lead on key Bids and all NPI projects and programmes activity for the business
  • Managing the end-to-end supply chain for projects and programmes to ensure the best possible quality, cost, delivery and overall supplier reliability for the business
  • Designing and managing the supply chain solution to support the product design, development and manufacture of new products
  • Establishing and managing cost to the most effective solution by engaging with suppliers and establishing unit production costs (UPCs) for new designs into service and beyond.
  • Managing associated sourcing and tendering processes in accordance with project or production deliverables.
  • Generating and managing cost estimates for UPCs (Unit Production Cost) for new products at multiple stages of the product life cycle
  • Ensuring hardware deliveries are scheduled in line with project requirements and milestones
  • Monitoring and reviewing the delivery status of scheduled receipts to ensure on time delivery to project need
  • Collaborating with key suppliers to identify opportunities to improve joint operational efficiency
  • Coordinating with Operational Comodity Leads to ensure NPI solutions are cohesive with overarching procurement strategies
  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders to review and challenge engineering specifications to ensure Design for Manufacture
  • Undertaking supplier negotiations to ensure appropriate and cost effective solutions are achieved
  • Representing the Procurement function at Design and Project reviews
  • Ensuring Quality requirements are fulfilled at all stages of projects as required
  • Deploying responsible supply chain management practices in accordance with Company policy
  • Significantly contribute to the on-going capability, development and performance of the Procurement function
  • Delivering cost savings to the business, identifying and delivering best value solutions


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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