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BAE Systems • Preston, United Kingdom

Category Leader – Offload

2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements depending on the role you apply for – explore your options with our recruiter during the application process.

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Job Description

Job Title: Category Leader – Offload

Location: Preston – We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £52,000

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead and support procurement activities, including: category management, sourcing and supplier relationship management in respect of the Offload sub-category which delivers contracting solutions to enable the delivery of Offload packaged work for all Business Units
  • Facilitate supplier relationship management with existing suppliers and newly on-boarded suppliers
  • Support the development, delivery and maintenance of a robust category strategy to optimise BAE Systems’ approach to the procurement of Offload services from the external market
  • Deliver robust sourcing exercises in line with the category strategy and company processes to deliver optimum outcomes for the enterprise and will manage or oversee the end-to-end procurement process (stakeholder and demand management, sourcing, supplier selection, contract negotiation and supplier relationship management) for category requirements
  • Negotiate and agree contractual terms on behalf of BAE Systems, ensuring suppliers are appointed onto the appropriate terms and conditions
  • Implement the Indirect Procurement Services (IPS) Supplier Relationship Management approach to secure maximum value from existing and new relationships, including involving key internal stakeholders in the process

Your skills and experiences:


  • Good experience of the Offload industry, market and commercial models
  • High level of contract knowledge, including experience negotiating terms and conditions
  • Proven track knowledge in contract negotiation and contract management
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills


  • CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma (MCIPS), or willing to work towards


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Indirect Procurement team:

Playing a key role in supporting the BAE Systems Offload requirements, you will be working across all of our Business Units.

The role will provide you with fantastic opportunities to support project delivery, covering all platforms, manufacturing areas and sites. You will work closely with a wider variety of Business Unit stakeholders, forging close working relationships to lead Procurement processes and add value to new and existing services. You will potentially also support wider business winning campaigns and new manufacturing/technology initiatives which will provide with a great insight in the vast array of activities undertaken across all BAE Systems Business Units.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 18th June 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.



Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Open to part time work for some roles
Gym membership
Buy or sell annual leave
Bank holiday swaps
Company shutdown periods
Share options
Matched pension contribution
Salary sacrifice
Employee discounts
Lunch and learns
More information needed
More information needed
More information needed
Work-life balance
More information needed
Role modelling
More information needed
More information needed

Working at BAE Systems

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Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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