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Purchasing / Procurement Manager - Head of Purchasing

Job Title: Purchasing / Procurement Manager - Head of Purchasing
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
Salary: 48000 - 53000
Contact Name: Lorna Dane
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Job Published: about 4 years ago

Job Description

This role was offered to a candidate yesterday, who after four interviews and very positive feedback, has decided to stay put and decline!!!  This role is urgent, but we are sticking to the criteria and seeking applications only from purchasing professionals able to demonstrate stability and longevity in their roles, alongside experience in manufacturing within their purchasing role - they must have managed a small team of buyers also.  Help!

Purchasing / Procurement Manager – c£49-53k (negotiable) + benefits

“British Engineering, Design & Manufacturing at its best”

Role Overview

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Purchasing Manager is responsible for buying the best quality equipment, goods and services for the company at the most competitive prices.  You will oversee supply chain management and procurement on a world wide scale.  Two direct reports (purchasing assistants/administrators), managing a spend of £2m+ in this growing organisation.  Travel required in the UK, Europe and China. 

The Employer

Reporting to the Operations Director, our Purchasing Manager will be working in a business where original design, engineering and manufacturing is the result of passion, experience, craftsmanship and an unwavering dedication to being the best in our sector.    You will represent a business of high reputation and long standing, with an enviable, global and in many cases high profile customer base.  We are looking for a proven Purchasing Manager, a purchasing professional who will view this as an opportunity offering scope and longevity in a growing business.

Purchasing Manager - Key Responsibilities

  • A spend of £2M+; management, review and development of 100+ suppliers

  • Strategic purchase planning and stock control in line with business growth

  • Identification of cost saving opportunities to achieve an overall reduction in cost

  • Analysis and monitoring of supplier performance; sourcing and negotiation of favourable terms with suppliers

  • Building of strong working relationships and communications with suppliers

  • Providing accurate and timely reporting to Company Directors and the Senior Management team

  • Forecasting levels of demand for products to meet the business needs and keeping a constant check on stock levels

  • Conducting research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality

  • Liaising between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments and customers

  • Negotiating and agreeing contracts and monitoring their progress, checking the quality of service provided

  • Forecasting price trends and their impact on future activities

  • Developing an organisation's purchasing strategy

  • Producing reports and statistics using Sage computer software (software upgrade pending)

  • Attending meetings and trade conferences (UK, Europe & China) as such, local and overseas travel involved

  • Training and supervising the work of Purchasing Assistants

Skills & Qualifications Required

  • Proven experience in a purchasing management role within a fast paced manufacturing environment

  • Excellent people management skills

  • CIPS qualification or working towards same

  • Strong commercial awareness

  • Ability to adapt to different client needs and to develop and maintain successful working relationships

  • A good standard of numeracy in order to analyse facts and figures

  • A flair for negotiation and networking

  • The ability to make important decisions and cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines

  • Positive “can do” attitude

Purchasing Manager - Remuneration Package/Other

c£49-53k per annum (negotiable salary and benefits, dependent upon experience). Pension; 25 days annual leave + bank and statutory holidays.