Indirect Contracts Specialist

HQW Aerospace
10 Jul 2024
10 Jul 2024
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Indirect Contracts Specialist

Location: Plymouth (PL6 7LH), onsite role

Reporting to: Head of Purchasing

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent

HQW Aerospace is a world-renowned manufacturer of super precision bearings, pushing the boundaries of innovation and precision engineering for over 75 years. We're committed to nurturing talent. Situated in the vibrant city of Plymouth, surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, we offer not only a stimulating work environment but also a lifestyle that blends work with leisure seamlessly. With stunning beaches, vibrant culinary scenes, and a plethora of social and sporting activities, Plymouth and its surroundings provide an exceptional backdrop for both personal and professional growth.

We foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. If you're an Engineering Graduate ready to embark on an exciting career journey in precision engineering, we want to hear from you!

Why Join Us:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days of paid holiday, plus bank holidays
  • Professional Development Investment from Day 1
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Engagement and Rewards platform, with access to discounts at over 100 retailers
  • Free Parking, with electric charging points available

Please Note:

  • HQW Aerospace currently does not hold a sponsorship license. Therefore, all candidates must have the right to work in the UK
  • Due to the nature of our business, security clearance may be required

Job Description:

Ensure minimal indirect spend and inventory as well as best on time delivery for indirect goods and services. Secure the best value for money service deals for the company.

Key Role Requirements:

  • Competitive bid indirect requirements, coming via electronic purchase requisitions from the other teams or via the capital expenditure form
  • Develop, negotiate, and manage meaningful contracts with suppliers to ensure best total price and service levels
  • Support the Direct Purchasing Manager when required and be their absence cover
  • Support Head of Purchasing with augmentation of Purchasing strategy and deployment
  • Coordinate the on-site integrated supplier (manage the on-site team, monitor service levels, cost saving activities)
  • Identify cost savings opportunities on our indirect expenditure and action them, leading projects from start to finish, involving all stakeholders
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key indirect suppliers
  • Identify and evaluate potential new suppliers / dual sourcing
  • Identify opportunities to reduce indirect inventory and implement effective actions to achieve these reductions
  • Ensure compliance to sourcing and contracting policies, procedures, risk management programs, and ethics
  • Identify potential risks in contracts and develop strategies to mitigate them
  • Prepare regular reports on contract status, performance and savings achieved
  • Identify 'best for business' solutions and trade off evaluations


  • A Batchelors Degree, or higher, in Business, Supply Chain Management, Law or a related field
  • CIPS level 5 or higher desired

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Experience in indirect procurement in manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience leading complex cross-functional projects.
  • Good business acumen
  • Strong understanding of UK contract law and procurement regulations.
  • Thorough understanding of ABC XYZ classification and real-world management of optimisation strategies.
  • Capital expenditure budgeting and approval procedures.


  • Assertive with good communication skills in both written and verbal form
  • Able to develop strong effective relationships internally and outside of the organisation.
  • Negotiation skills
  • Excel and SAP proficiency
  • Proactivity and initiative
  • Analytical mindset
  • Self-starter, team player
  • Organised with a focussed attention to detail.
  • Contract negotiations.

Join Our Team:

Join us today and become a part of our mission to redefine the future of high-precision aerospace engineering. Apply now to embark on an extraordinary career journey with HQW Aerospace.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

At HQW Aerospace UK, we are committed to fostering a workplace that values and respects the diversity of all individuals. We believe that embracing equality, diversity, and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but also essential for driving innovation, creativity, and success in our future endeavours.

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