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Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager

  • Location: Norwich
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Working Hours: Full-time
  • Length of Employment: Temporary maternity cover
  • Reference: PS3079SO
  • Sector: Manufacturing
  • Vacancy First Advertised: 24th Jul 2020

P+S Personnel are pleased to be working on behalf of our clients, who are currently seeking a Purchasing Manager to join their team based in Norwich on a full time basis to cover maternity leave.

Reporting to the Head of Supply Chain the successful candidate will conceive and execute a Procurement Strategy which compliments business initiatives to improve service, quality, cost and profitability. The job holder will lead a team responsible for all procurement issues in the organisation and possess excellent communication skills to enable the development of strong relationships in a professional manner with the supplier base and internal customer base.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice procurement vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance

General and Task Management
• Ensure that purchasing policies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets and which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market
• Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities
• Utilise appropriate resources including Supplier Development to ensure appropriate supplier partnerships and delivery of sourced products.
• Provide management reports and key performance data and monitor cost savings
• Manage relationships with suppliers and select and develop new suppliers
• Negotiate and manage contract terms with suppliers to ensure value for money, quality standards and delivery terms with technical and operational input from stakeholders and colleagues
• Review and negotiate existing agreements to optimise commercial terms
• Assess tenders from potential suppliers
• Work with suppliers and have a process in place to measure effective performance, quality and compliance. Measure against KPI criteria if these exist
• Ensure parts are sourced in full and aligned to production schedules and customer requirements

People Management
• Manage, coach and develop high performing purchasing team that meet agreed objectives and which deliver best practice results, added value and continuous improvements
• Set departmental objectives/KPIs and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
• Report on achievement of targets and identify any actions required
• Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of self, staff and visitors

Financial Budget and Control
• Input to and hold responsibility for department budget

Relationship Management
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
• Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact
• Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Purchasing activities

Self Management
• Proactively contribute to creating a good team atmosphere
• Confident, rounded thinking
• Takes ownership for team cohesion and development
• Is resilient, optimistic and open to change
• Has a collaborative approach to others
• Self motivated and able to work well under pressure

Skills and Attributes:
• Proven management skills with the ability to optimise team performance and development
• Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers
• Strong and confident negotiator with the ability to negotiate at all levels
• Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
• Strong analytical skills and problem solving abilities
• Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines
• Commercially and financially aware with experience of managing budgets
• Keen attention to detail and accuracy

Qualifications and Experience Levels:
• Relevant business/commercial or manufacturing/engineering degree
• Member of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
• Proven experience in a purchasing management role, preferably within a manufacturing environment
• Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
• Contract management and supplier experience
• Project management experience
• Knowledge of ERP systems and MRP process
• Computer literate, especially Excel skills

If this is a position you are interested in, please apply online ensuring your CV is up to date.

Alternatively, please email your CV directly to

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