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Interoperable, ultra-low profile, high-gain satcom on the move


Senior Buyer

We have a great opportunity for a Senior Buyer to join a growing company in the supply chain team, working closely with engineering in the development of a novel phased array antenna system.

Reporting directly to the Subcontract Manager, the successful candidate will work closely with the design and supply chain teams to establish a robust supply chain, to support the scale up of hardware procurement ensuring that obsolescence issues and supply chain risks are identified and mitigated in a timely manner.

The senior buyer role is expected to expertly carry out sourcing activities from; RFQs and order placements, to agreeing contractual terms with suppliers, as well as continuous stakeholder management. This role relies on effective workload prioritisation and high independent productivity to meet the needs of the business.

The role requires a self-motivated Senior Buyer who has a strong background in working with electronic and mechanical component suppliers, ensuring best value and on time delivery are achieved. Candidates should be a strong communicator, motivated by teamwork and happy to support the team to ensure that the company objectives are achieved.

Look up and lock on to a bigger future, fast

As the original disruptors in solid-state satcom-on-the-move antenna, Hanwha Phasor is rewriting the book on phased arrays. It’s one of the toughest challenges in satcom. And, so far, we are the only team to demo multi-axis capability in real world conditions.

Now we’re closing in our goal: active electronically-steered antennas (AESA) for super-fast, super-reliable connectivity—GEO, of course, but LEO, MEO and HEO too.

Our inventive combination of digital and analogue architectures enables highest performance gain for lowest power and lowest profile, while our modular approach enables configurable apertures for the full range of enterprise customers on the move – in the air, on land or at sea.

Backed by Hanwha Systems, the Korean technology giant with a growing presence in global satcom, we are attracting formidable partners: we have appointed a world-class, global manufacturing partner, and two of the world’s best FABs are working on our chips.

So, what does that mean for you? All the fast-paced opportunity you’d expect from a challenger, plus the systems, processes and investment you’d want from an established industry leader.

Technical responsibilities

  • Manage procurement of electronic components and PCA deliveries with the CEM, in line with project schedules, for the design of electronically steered antennas.
  • Take ownership of outsourcing activities, relating to both hardware and software – including generation of SOWs, negotiating contracts, and management of contract execution.
  • Support cost model reviews by providing material cost analysis inputs and seeking ongoing efficiencies in the supply chain (including tracking spend in line with budgets, and achieving company cost-savings).
  • Proficient use of, and reporting from, an ERP system including; monitoring of supplier KPIs, spend tracking, open commitment, etc.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with ASIC component suppliers, negotiating contracts and pricing agreements, and ensuring that suppliers meet our quality and delivery standards.
  • Work with our engineering and design teams to manage the development and introduction of new ASIC components into our products, ensuring that our suppliers meet our technical specifications and delivery requirements.

Organisational responsibilities

  • Report into the subcontract manager and engineering teams on status updates on component kitting dates and production readiness etc.
  • Support quality compliance to help maintain the ISO9001/AS9100 ambitions of the organisation by following and enforcing procurement related processes.
  • Identify and manage any risks associated with procurement progress affecting project timelines. This may involve identification of supply chain risks, ensuring compliance with contracts, and developing sourcing strategies for component groups.
  • Be proactive in taking ownership of procurement tasks and always seek opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Assist implementation and the maturity of procurement processes and ensure adherence to wider company processes relating to accreditation requirements.
  • Ability to liaise, and build positive relationships with various stakeholders (both internal and external) i.e.; engineering teams, finance, CEMs, component distributors.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to take the initiative in identifying and addressing challenges, and to work independently to achieve project goals.

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in procurement, preferably in the electronics/aerospace/satcomms industry
  • Bachelors degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or suitable qualification in a related discipline (or equivalent business experience)
  • Experience with commercial agreements, terms & conditions and NDA’s
  • Strong knowledge of ASIC components and their specifications, including design, manufacturing, and testing processes.
  • Strong negotiation, communication and relationship management skills
  • High attention to detail, task prioritisation and use of initiative
  • Knowledge of electrical/mechanical BOM structures related to electronic product assemblies, and basic PCA manufacturing processes
  • Experience with ERP systems (SAP, IFS)
  • Proficient in MS Office


  • Experience with development ASICs (or semiconductor industry), the manufacturing process and sourcing routes
  • CIPS Level 4 qualified or desire to work towards qualification
  • Knowledge of export and trade compliance, (including licensing and end user statements)
  • Experience of working in Aerospace and US Contracting environment (including FARS/DFARS)
  • Appreciation of AS9100 / ISO9001 processes

All the benefits you'd expect from an industry leader

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Life insurance at 4X annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days' holiday (plus recognised public holidays) and holiday purchase scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Training – continuing professional development to enable our people to succeed
  • Private Medical Insurance (PMI)
  • WeCare – access to 24/7 online GP

Overseas candidates welcome, generous relocation package

  • Sponsorship available on some roles – check vacancies
  • Visa application support and advice for you and your dependants
    • Full access to immigration consultant to assist with application process
    • Visa fees paid in full for employee + up to three dependants
  • Immigration health surcharge (IHS) covered for employee and up to three dependants for the length of the visa
  • Interest-free loans for employees with no prior UK residency – to help with essential purchases on arrival
  • Ongoing advice, support group and buddy scheme with other employees who have recently moved to the UK

London Technology Centre:

  • Based in modern, open-plan offices in the vibrant area of Hatton Garden, with great views of the City of London from several spacious balconies with outdoor seating.
  • Excellent transport connections: Farringdon, City Thameslink and Kings Cross St Pancras overground stations within walking distance; Chancery Lane and Farringdon tube stations within a five-minute walk.
  • Showers, cycle racks, lockers and a coffee shop on site. Workspace networking and social events throughout the year.
  • With the City, Covent Garden and Embankment close by, there's plenty to do at lunchtimes and after work.
  • Leather Lane street food market is right on our doorstep, with the usual chains close by.

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