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Supply Chain Audit Manager at Jacobs

Supply Chain Audit Manager

Jacobs Bridgwater, Somerset Full Time
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Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Our Critical Mission Solutions business – we are invested in you and your success. Everything we do - whether Aerospace, Defence, Intelligence, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Nuclear, Automotive, or Telecommunications - is more than just a project. It is our challenge as human beings, too. That is why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.
It is our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

About the opportunity:

The multi-billion Hinkley Point C (HPC) project is the cornerstone of the Nuclear New Build market in the UK. The project is circa 40% complete and is now starting the transition from Civils construction into multi-trade delivery, including MEH and Equipment installation.

We have provided significant support to the project dating back to 2010 and have recently agreed a long-term partnership agreement with HPC which runs until the end of the project in another 7 years or so. This provides a great opportunity for us to add further value to the project and also to plan for the future.

Given the complexity and length of the project, it provides a unique opportunity for people to learn about all stages of Nuclear New Build delivery and to really develop and grow as individuals. A number of the existing team have developed from Graduates into Project Manager roles and people development is at the heart of our business and partnership agreement with HPC.

Having direct hands on experience and learning from HPC will also be really important for people wanting to work on the NNB projects of the future both in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Job Purpose/Overview 

The Supply Chain Audit Manager is responsible for establishing arrangements and capability to audit the HPC Supply Chain. Leading a team of Supply Chain Auditors, the post holder will develop an annual risk-based audit schedule and ensure its achievement. 

The Post holder will develop tools and dashboards to monitor the efficiency of the process and monitor trends.

A key part of the post is to act on trending information in order to prevent recurrence, this will involve engagement with key stakeholders within the project.

Contextual Information

Operating Environment

The position is within the Quality Department within the HPC Delivery Directorate responsible for quality delivery across the HPC Project.  

Framework & Boundaries

The Supply Chain Audit Manager is responsible for identifying and maintaining a current record of the Supply Chain Audit outputs to inform the Programmes that the requirements for NNB’s Supply Chain are being managed and implemented.  External factors include relevant legislation, regulations and standard, and EDF policies.  Internal factors include NNB policies and governance arrangements.  Overall, NNB’s Supply Chain Audit methodologies should be consistent with best practice arrangements for large, complex major infrastructure design and construction projects.

The Supply Chain Audit Manager supports the Quality Strategy Manager in acting as the authority for governance within the Supply Chain.  The Supply Chain Audit Manager manages a team of Supply Chain Auditors and an Supply Chain Audit Coordinator responsible for facilitating the planning and execution of audits.

Principal Accountabilities (Outputs of the Job – Activities & Decisions)

  • To work closely with each Programme to ensure that entries to the Supply Chain Audit Schedule are appropriate and fit-for-purpose for a complex engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) project for the nuclear sector.
  • Ensure the Supply Chain Audit Schedule addresses all relevant internal and external requirements and ensure compliance. 
  • Manage the team of Supply Chain Auditors and a Coordinator who are responsible for planning and facilitating both desktop and onsite audits.
  • Support the Supply Chain Audit Team in this facilitation and in maintaining appropriate relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Receive input from the NNB/HPC Supply Chain Assurance, Supply Chain Inspection, Independent Assessment team and individual Programmes to identify opportunities for improvements to the Supply Chain audits references.
  • Review quality management data and reports, in relation to Supplier performance, from across the HPC organisation, including quality audit reports, independent assessments, non-conformance reports and effectiveness reviews.  
  • Carry out analysis and make the necessary amendments to each particular Supplier audit for improvements and mitigation.
  • Participate in Level 4 meetings with the nuclear regulator relating to Licence Condition requirements
  • Communicate Supply Chain Audit roles and responsibilities, review Supply Chain Audit Team competencies and identify training/development needs.
  • Identify, engage, mentor, support and develop Supply Chain Audit resources to effectively support the business. 
  • Monitor personnel performance and provide regular feedback. 
  • Monitor the timely and effective closure of Supplier audit findings.
  • Identify and communicate improvements to quality performance metrics, targets and reporting tools to drive appropriate behaviours. 
  • Review and report Supplier quality performance (audit findings) across the Programmes. 
  • Assist the Programmes to understand the data and co-ordinate initiatives to improve Supplier performance.
  • Drive the Trust agenda forward by ensuring that all decisions affecting customers meet the Trust Test, deliver the desired customer outcomes and provide customers with the ability to make informed choices.
  • Develop, maintain and continuously improve processes, procedures, templates and guidance in support of efficient execution of the scope.


  • Rporting directly to the Quality Strategy Manager with 5 direct reports


Note1: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the responsibilities & activities that the job holder may be required to undertake

Note2: Based on Client site at HPC Monday to Friday – 40 hours per week 

Note3: Travel and Subsistence for non-locals would be considered for this role

Note4:  There is no parking available at HPC site. Free buses are supplied from either Bristol City Centre or from the Park & Ride facilities located off the M5 Junction 23 & 24

Note5: Please provide proposed travel plan to undertake this role / salary expectation / current notice period on Cover Letter with this application


  • Qualified Quality Auditor with proven experience in auditing major projects, design consultants and subcontractors 
  • Experience in quality management with extensive experience in project systems implementation
  • Experience gained in a regulatory environment, e.g. aerospace, medical
  • Be qualified as a Lead Auditor with experience of completing supply chain audits 
  • Broad experience of implementing a variety of quality related solutions
  • Experience of interfacing with project teams and with supply chain organisations 
  • Pro-active and flexible, being prepared to plan and work on own initiative
  • Proven track record of leading teams to deliver results
  • Proven experience of interaction and resolving issues with a wide range of stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to contribute to teams and to understand whole of business issues 
  • Familiar with technical processes and quality practices associated with construction and manufacturing  
  • A clear and considerable understanding of quality management best practice for deployment by large, complex and contract-led organisations 
  • Knowledge of National and International standards such as, ISO 9001
  • Confident and articulate communicator, able to prepare presentation material, and comfortable addressing individuals, small groups and very large audiences
  • Act as a strong advocate for best practice, able to support and defend practical deployment and solutions, whilst remaining open to the ideas of others
  • Analysis of data, preparing reports and making recommendations
  • The ability to influence and to provide constructive challenge which is accepted by others
  • The ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including 3rd party certification bodies 
  • Pro-active and flexible, being prepared to plan and work on own initiative
  • Fluent in English – written & verbal 


  • Proven leadership experience working in a quality assurance/control environment within the nuclear industry or other relevant safety critical industry 
  • Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) 
  • Experience of interacting with regulators e.g. the ONR
  • Working in various roles in the construction contracting industry including Project Engineer, Contracts Administrator, Project Quality Manager, Design Manager and Project Manager
  • Knowledge of the nuclear sector, ideally new build, and knowledge & understanding of nuclear site license conditions
  • Knowledge of National and International standards such as GSR Part 2, ISO19443 and ISO27001
  • Ability to speak other European languages is advantageous, e.g. French, German


Key Competencies


  • The ability to innovate and think laterally to assure that the organisational learning processes are efficient and effective 
  • Good judgement and decision making  
  • Enthusiasm, energy, passion and conviction  


  • Self-confident and assured
  • Being honourable, trustworthy, fair and honest – respecting confidentiality


  • Getting results and making things happen
  • Ability to influence both internal and external audiences as required


  • Engaging and motivating others.
  • Recognising, drawing out and utilising the skills of others

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can. 

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. 

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent.  For greater online accessibility please visit to view and access our roles. 

As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role. 

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.


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