BAE Systems is an international defence, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. They are the largest defence contractor in Europe.


Proxima were engaged to support BAE Systems in transforming their Procurement and Supply Chain for the Air business to ensure improved visibility; enhanced innovation, digitisation and collaboration with suppliers and continuous improvement in their major revenue streams.


Proxima supported BAE Systems Air Procurement team with the development of a prospectus ready strategic vision for the future Supply Chain to support the next generation of product development and delivery, as well as improve the BAU today.

Following the development of the vision, we moved to support the mapping of the journey from the current model to the vision for Supply Chain. Using our established methodology we conducted a detailed review of the core operations, the current procurement capability and designed the options for the leadership to select and implement across digital, people and process to make the vision become a reality. The challenges surrounding the existing BAE Systems Supply Chain along with the unique nature of the supply chain dynamics and timeframes were explored and tested, enabling an appropriately adapted set of options were developed for the BA a environment.

To enable the identification of immediate changes to free up resource and time and support the analysis and operating model design, our P2P experts were also involved in reviewing the existing BAE System process structure, we were able to utilise our extensive expertise to identify potential areas of improvement that will futureproof the Supply Chain purchasing mechanisms, strengthening the long term strategic vision.


  • Supply Chain vision for the future: the Proxima team created an infographic illustrating the importance of, benefit from and key components of the future Supply Chain, detailing the critical elements required to achieve the strategic vision
  • Future state operating model: Proxima shaped the future design principles for the Air Procurement team and proposed a number of specialised operating model options that could all be used to positively reshape the organisation
  • Case for change: the Proxima team produced a report, containing a clear set of statements demonstrating the benefits of the new vision and new operating model, creating efficiencies in procurement operations with new centres of excellence and a consolidated internal support hub
  • Process simplification: the team identified over 118 opportunities across 10 themes including systems, process, training and buying practices, where simplification and change could be enacted

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