I was with BAE Systems for 13 years in total. My second stint was 9 years long.
I returned to a project facing role and started within the service part of the business. This involved working on bids and contracts for different customers that required an after sales repair/replacement service. There were many different types of contracts covering both commercial and government offices. I oversaw contract negotiation with suppliers, reviewing technical documentation with input from functional stakeholders and represented Procurement within the bid team IPT.
After 5 years I moved to NPI where I once again was part of both bid and project teams. Specialising in Head Up Displays and Helmet Mounted Displays, I worked with all functions to ensure that both external and internal customer requirements could be met by the supply chain and vice versa. I was responsible for risk management, procurement plan execution, prime estimate inputs, relationship management and commercial/contract negotiation.
I also qualified as a Greenbelt, which I used by managing improvement projects, and an internal auditor; meaning I could audit suppliers as part of the process verification procedure.
The hardest part of my job was ensuring short deadlines were met when required and also managing suppliers new to certain product development.
The most enjoyable part was managing relationships with suppliers and executing business improvements.
Personal development, travel and team working.
Hard deadlines, conflict management, inconsistency of workload.