Job Description

Role: Aerospace and Defence Supply Chain Senior Manager

Location: London or Manchester

Travel: Up to 100%

Salary: £88,000 - £119,000


Welcome to Accenture, one of the world's leading providers of management consultancy services where high performance is a minimum requirement, not just an ideal.


Management consulting is at the heart of Accenture's promise to its clients - High Performance, Delivered. Utilising a unique framework that helps drive our clients on their path to high performance, our management consultants use their expertise and critical thinking skills to help determine where our clients are on their journey and design realistic, achievable strategies that address their key business priorities.


The Aerospace and defence (A&D) team support clients who have big issues to tackle by offering unmatched industry knowledge, client experiences, strategic alliances, proprietary assets and subject matter experts to best serve clients and accelerate growth. We are growing our team in UK and Ireland and have high ambitions to accelerate digital transformation in the industry. We are looking for talented professionals to join the team.

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The Accenture Consulting Supply Chain group works with clients to develop and implement strategies that improve cost efficiency, increase business effectiveness, and create synergies and collaboration across companies. To help our clients achieve these improvements, we focus on optimizing our client's supply chain by providing an updated strategy, operating model and processes.


The Supply Chain group covers all elements of core planning, logistics and warehouse offerings including:


·       Supply chain Operating Model transformation

·       Supply chain network transformation

·       3PL/4PL strategy definition

·       Warehousing and Logistics Operations analysis and optimisation

·       Warehouse and Logistics systems selection and implementation

·       Supply chain Operating Model transformation

·       Sales and Operations Planning

·       Supply Chain Planning Strategy

·       Collaboration, Inventory Management

·       Supply/Demand Planning Systems (e.g., SAP - APO, i2, Manugistics)

·       Tax efficient supply chain design and implementation

·       Process innovation and excellence

·       Channel Optimisation

·       Carbon efficient Supply Chain


Recruitment will be at Senior Manager level within the UK and Ireland A&D team. This person will spend the majority of their time operating as part of engagement teams, and will be responsible for the content and quality of delivery of major portions the firm's client-facing work on those engagements. They will also have a key role in business development, acting as a subject matter expert in the development of proposals and pitches to prospective clients.


Key responsibilities may include:

·       Significant client exposure

·       Hands-on delivery and programme/project management

·       Design, development and implementation of solutions

·       Challenging roles involving analytical and creative thought

·       Management of teams with responsibility for project deliverables

·       Architect new pieces of work, understanding the client’s requirements and pulling together Accenture best practice principles and solutions to create pieces of work that can be undertaken by Accenture consultants

·       Develop ongoing relationships with senior clients and originate new work

·       Flexible working at client locations which often requires travel during the week

·       Develop ongoing relationships with senior clients and originate new work


You will be challenged by:

·       Diversity of client base and wealth of scenarios across the A&D sector

·       Working across multiple geographic locations, workforces and stakeholders

·       Teaming with high calibre Accenture colleagues in day to day activities

·       Access and opportunity to leverage our global network of change management professionals to strengthen client propositions and recommendations


·       Contributing to our next generation change management assets


What's in it for you?

All of our consulting professionals receive comprehensive training covering key management consulting skills. You'll also have opportunities to hone your functional skills and expertise in an area of specialisation.


We offer a variety of formal and informal training programmes at a number of levels to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with company-acknowledged Subject Matter Experts.


The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.


On top of this, Accenture offers a highly competitive salary, 30 days holiday, 3 additional days for charitable work of your choice, an employee healthcare plan, gym subsidies, excellent maternity package and a competitive pension scheme.

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What we're looking for


Candidates should have solid experience in the supply chain area from working with A&D organisations or other industrial organisations and/or other consultancies showing experience in these sectors. You will be expected to be passionate and positive about the opportunity to enhance your existing experience and grow Accenture's capability to deliver supply chain solutions to our clients. At a Senior Manager level, we would like to hear from candidates that can demonstrate a number of the skills below:

·       Capable of building strong relationships with clients and working well as part of a team

·       Proven capability in leadership and team management comprising both internal and client personnel

·       Responsibility for defining client issues and shaping projects to meet client expectations and deliver business outcomes

·       Design and execution of project and programme structures, including project deliverables, team structure and resourcing models

·       Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, including engagement at the senior level


What Skills are required?

We require people with a proven track record either within other consultancies, the A&D or other industrial sector. The ability to work in a programme/project related environment is critical. We are particularly looking for the following capabilities:


·       Proven experience gained from a consulting or operations position in Supply Chain Management

·       Deep experience working in defence supply chains or other industrial sector (e.g. Civil Nuclear, oil and gas or construction) with experience of direct spend management for major programmes of work

·       Experienced in leaning operations or supply chains for direct and indirect spend including labour.

·       Functional experience should include some of the following: distributed order management, inventory management, demand planning, supply planning, distribution and logistics, global trade management

·       To ascertain and execute the supply chain approach that drives greatest value for the client (e.g. preparing and/or facilitating RFPs / RFIs / RFQs)

·       Deep knowledge of core Supply Chain business capabilities

·       Significant consulting and/or project delivery experience including: delivery to agreed scope, time scales and budgets from a top tier consulting company or blue-chip organisation

·       Able to influence the opinions of senior client individuals so they follow his/her lead on supply chain strategy decisions

·       Management and development of client/internal stakeholder relationships

·       University/College degree (2:1 or higher)


Consulting skills:

·       Ability to develop and apply supply chain and consulting skills and capabilities effectively to solve complex business issues

·       Organises and directs quality work

·       Pushing self and others to add value by meeting expectations and completing deliverables regardless of obstacles

·       Planning and coordinating of own and/or team's work activities to meet commitments and quality expectations

·       Maximises team performance by encouraging collaboration and addressing issues that impact performance of team members (i.e., client and Accenture).

·       Strong communication skills (speaking, writing, listening)

·       Confident, poised, ability to relate to senior client executives

·       Previous consulting experience / Exposure to Internal project work

·       Leadership abilities - transfer vision into results

·       Strong interest in broadening skills as opposed to being narrowly focused

·       Show ability to manage and diffuse conflict


What Skills are desired?

·       In addition to the above required skills, the following will help to differentiate the candidate:

·       Broad exposure to business operations, outside of core supply chain (eg. Process improvement, Service Strategy, Innovation and Product Development)

·       Deep Supply/demand Planning Systems experience (e.g., Oracle RPAS, SAP - APO, i2, Manugistics etc)- ideally experience implementing a planning tool

·       Decision-making and recommendation for tool selection based on industry perspective, functional fit & business case


Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory BPSS and SC security clearance which requires 5 years continuous UK address history at the point of application.


About Accenture


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at


Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis as protected by applicable law.


Closing date: 31/08/19

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected applicable law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

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