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Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Salary: Negotiable

Length of Employment: Permanent

Working Hours: Full Time

Reference: PS3824SO

Vacancy First Advertised: Thursday 7th March 2024

Job description

P+S Personnel are pleased to be working on behalf of our client, who is currently seeking a Purchasing Manager to join their team based in Norwich on a full-time permanent basis.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Supplier relationship management.
  • Purchasing Process efficiency.
  • Budget management.
  • Inventory management.
  • Team leadership and development.
  • Innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Strategic sourcing in collaboration with the Supply Chain Manager.
  • Cost management in collaboration with the Supply Chain Manager.

Main Responsibilities:

Strategic Procurement Planning:

  • Develop and implement procurement strategies that align with the company's overall objectives, focusing on cost reduction, quality improvement, and supply chain efficiency.
  • Forecast procurement needs based on historical spending data, forecasts, SIOP data and departmental requests, adjusting strategies to meet changing market conditions and business requirements.

Supplier Management:

  • In collaboration with the supply chain manager identify, evaluate, and select suppliers based on criteria such as price, quality, service, and reliability to ensure a consistent and cost-effective supply of products and services.
  • In collaboration with the supply chain manager negotiate contracts with suppliers to secure advantageous terms, including pricing, delivery schedules, and payment conditions.
  • Manage and review supplier performance to ensure compliance with contractual agreements and to address any issues related to quality, delivery, or service.

Cost Control and Savings:

  • Analyse spending patterns and identify opportunities for cost savings and efficiency improvements within the purchasing process.
  • In collaboration with the overall department strategy and the manager of supply chain Implement cost reduction initiatives such as outsourcing to lower cost regions, negotiating better terms with suppliers, and partnering closely with manufacturing engineering to reduce overall product cost.
  • Monitor and report on cost savings and cost avoidance metrics to senior management, demonstrating the value contributed by the purchasing department.

Inventory and Logistics Management:

  • Optimize stock levels, minimizing holding costs while ensuring the availability of critical materials.
  • Collaborate with logistics and supply chain teams to ensure timely delivery of materials.
  • In collaboration with logistics review opportunities for cost savings on inbound logistics.

Quality Assurance and Compliance:

  • Establish and maintain quality standards for purchased goods and services, ensuring they meet or exceed the organization's requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements related to procurement activities, including environmental regulations, safety standards, and ethical sourcing practices.

Process Improvement and Technology Integration:

  • Streamline procurement processes through the adoption of best practices and the implementation of technology solutions, such as Oracle E1 and Hubble.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and innovations in procurement and supply chain management to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Leadership and Team Development:

  • Lead, mentor, and develop the procurement team, promoting a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and professional growth.
  • Foster collaboration among team members and with other departments to ensure that the purchasing strategies support broader organisational goals.

Risk Management

  • In collaboration with the supply chain manager Identify potential supply chain risks and develop strategies to mitigate these risks, ensuring business continuity and operational resilience.
  • Raise and manage Purchase Orders generated on the company business system in compliance with the ISO9001:2015 Purchasing Procedures, ensuring that they are accurate and reflect the current MRP/business demands.
  • Apply and enforce the company Defective Material Report (DMR) system.
  • Apply and enforce the Purchasing Departments LDR (Late Delivery Report) process.
  • Make independent decisions on procurement matters within set financial constraints.


  • A recognised qualification in purchasing in a manufacturing environment. (Desirable)
  • Recognised qualification in team leadership/team building. (Desirable)
  • Bachelor’s degree in business/supply chain management. (Desirable)


  • Management of a small team.
  • Purchasing experience in an MRP driven manufacturing environment.
  • Value stream mapping and evidence of successful implementation.
  • Significant experience of sourcing & purchasing in a print or machinery-based industry.
  • Supervision of a small team of buyers in an MRP driven manufacturing environment.
  • Experience of using JD Edwards Business System.
  • Global purchasing.

Person Specification:

  • Team Leadership.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills in English language.
  • Working knowledge of IT tools and systems.
  • Supplier evaluation & selection.
  • Able to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness to the highest possible standard.
  • Apply common sense & understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Hold full current driving licence.

Working Hours:

  • Monday - Friday
  • Potential for 1 day a week working at home after fully integrated within the role and business.

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