Supply Chain Manager

Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4PX
Bird Bellows
Bird Bellows
Vacancy title
Supply Chain Manager
Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4PX
Advertised salary
Employment type
Closing date
14 December 2023

Supply Chain Manager

Full-time, Permanent

Monday to Thursday 07:30-17:00


Who is Senior Plc?

Senior is a FTSE listed international manufacturing group with 26 operations in 12 countries. Senior designs, manufactures and markets high-technology components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the worldwide aerospace, defence, and land vehicle and power and energy markets.

We have a long history of well-respected brands and an excellent reputation in our key market sectors. Senior delivers value to its customers and shareholders via operational excellence that is underpinned by its people and processes.

Our global values underpin what we do, and how we do it…

Safety – Integrity – Customer Focus – Respect and Trust – Accountability – Excellence


Who is Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows?

Based in Congleton, Cheshire, Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows was established in 1975 as a family run operation serving the petro-chemical and gas industries. Since then, we have evolved to become one of the industry leaders in the design, development and manufacture of pressure duct systems, flexible joints and insulation for highly regulated industries. We have established customers in aerospace (both civil and military), as well as in the nuclear, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.


What does the job involve?

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Day to day management of the entire supply chain operation (Forecast/Demand, Supply planning, Sourcing, Warehouse, Logistics) to optimise performance relevant to Quality, Cost and Delivery
  • Work with the purchasing team to enhance current and develop new capability in conjunction with improved systems and processes. Review current supply base and identify improvement opportunities
  • Take the lead in developing strategic relationships with suppliers to ensure stability of supply, covered by contractual engagement and enforced by associated SLA’s
  • Control inventory levels to ensure appropriate stock turns are achieved
  • Support daily planning activities
  • Hold a key role in the SIOP process
  • With the Logistics management team, review, implement and support process and capability improvements, ensuring that the business is fully supported throughout
  • In collaboration with the Business Development and Engineering teams, understand the NPI pipeline to ensure Supply Chain readiness
  • Influence the business strategy to support continual growth and profitability



  • Participate as an active member of the internal audit team, conducting audits on the Quality System
  • Demonstrate and emphasise to all personnel a commitment to quality and continuous improvement. Maintain a high level of participation and enthusiasm for Lean Events and generally support the drive for the continual improvement of processes, products and people.
  • Maintain a high standard of health and safety based upon safe working practices
  • Ensure that all work activities and records comply with Company Policies, Procedures and Codes of Practice


(Note:  In addition to these duties, employees are required to carry out such other duties as may be reasonably required)

Right to vary job descriptions:


This is a description of the job as it is at present constituted.  The Company reserves the right to examine employees’ job descriptions and to up-date them to ensure that they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are being proposed.  This procedure is jointly conducted by each manager in consultation with those working directly for him/her.

You will, therefore, be expected to participate fully in such discussions.  It is the organisation’s aim to reach agreement to reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible management reserves the right to insist on changes to your job description commensurate with your grade/level in the organisation after consultation with you.


What key skills, experience and qualifications do I need?

Experience and knowledge


  • Proven capability of managing a purchasing function within a technically demanding environment
  • Significant experience of implementing and managing a supplier rating, engagement and development programme
  • Experience of negotiating with suppliers to achieve favourable terms
  • Experience in delivering a customer focussed service.



  • Experience of budget management
  • Exposure to the development and deployment of sourcing strategies
  • Understanding of SIOP business lifecycle
  • Experience of Contractual law pertinent to sourcing and product supply
  • Skilled in delivery of commercial negotiations



Qualifications and training

CIPS Qualified or equivalent professional qualification/experience


Degree or a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience

Job related skills and abilities


  • Proven and demonstrable knowledge of the complex Aerospace and Non-Aerospace supply chain
  • Proven capability of managing a full MRP order book in support of a manufacturing/delivery schedule
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Confident presentation and

Interpersonal skills.

  • Organisation & planning skills



  • Ability to leverage and analyse complex ERP/MRP data to enable effective decision making


Physical and mental demands


  • Credible – seen as a subject matter expert
  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic
  • Can do attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines


We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and the opportunity to develop and progress your career.

The benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent pension and life assurance scheme
  • Career and development opportunities
  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Birthday vouchers
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Wellbeing/Occupational Health clinics
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Social events