Senior Strategic Procurement Officer

PMB Defence
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Purchasing, Procurement & Inventory
Full time
Posted 5d ago

PMB Defence is a world leading manufacturer of submarine battery systems, which started delivering and supporting the main storage batteries for Australia’s Collins Class Submarines in 1989.  PMB Defence will continue to support Collins Class Submarines well into 2040s under Life Of Type Extension (LOTE).  PMB Defence has now grown its business by winning various local and international contracts (supplying both traditional as well as new technology submarine battery systems) to Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden and other international customers.

About the role

Due to business growth, this newly created role will be responsible for strategic procurement activities which result in improvements in cost, quality, quantity or schedule, a reduction in inventory stock levels, and mitigating supply chain risks. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Identify opportunities for improvising commercial interests of the company across both the existing as well as the upcoming supply chains of multiple submarine battery products;  
  • Methodically work on consolidating products and/or suppliers across multiple product lines;
  • Challenge and renegotiate existing contract terms with the existing supply chain (given larger spent profile) either to improve cost, schedule, delivery or reduce supply chain risks;
  • Identify, lead and/or manage transition of overseas supply chains to local suppliers (including finding local alternative suppliers, receiving quotations, preparing technical and commercial summaries of their offers, qualify down-selected suppliers, obtain internal signoffs, negotiate orders with new suppliers);
  • Work across multiple departments to identify inventory reduction initiatives and implement tangible measures to reduce stock on hand; 
  • Develop SMART KPIs covering above activities and do regular reporting on them;
  • Support in resolving import/export control constraints encountered during onboarding of new suppliers; 
  • Working closely with the Procurement/Purchasing team, provide strategic negotiation support in their dealings with various suppliers and their segments;
  • Lead/manage above changes in the context of other business priorities, schedule, technical or financial viability; 
  • Working with Change Control Board to implement changes in supplier or product configuration;
  • Establish/manage tooling registers and liaise with suppliers holding the company tooling;
  • Assisting Procurement/Quality teams in Supplier non-conformance management;
  • Assisting and conducting Supplier Quality Audits/Visits


Qualifications, Skills and Experience 

  • Extensive experience in the strategic procurement field, either in technical, defence, manufacturing or resource industry;
  • Relevant tertiary/CIPS qualification is highly preferable;
  • Understanding of contracts and supplier agreements;
  • Ability to read technical or Engineering drawings, raw material specifications or related documentations;
  • Ability to negotiate with suppliers in the areas of price, quality, schedule and risks;
  • International supply chain exposure, including understanding of international freight and customs;
  • Regularly work outside the office hours to support the international time zones;
  • Possesses excellent analytical, negotiation, prioritisation and customer relation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and detailed knowledge and understanding of contract management
  • A proven track record in building and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional stakeholder management skills and the ability to work collaboratively across different disciplines

Other requirements

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Obtain a current police clearance
  • Successfully pass a pre-employment medical and Drug & Alcohol screen
  • Undertake six monthly lead in blood testing
  • The ability to obtain an NV1 Australian Defence Security clearance (essential), or hold an existing clearance (desirable)


How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via SEEK, outlining your motivation to apply and suitability for the role. For confidential enquiries and a job and person description, please contact Amanda Byrne – HR Manager at For more information on PMB Defence, please visit 

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