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Purchasing Manager

Inventory Management Department


£45k - £48k DOE

Our market leading client are looking to recruit an experienced Purchasing Manager to take responsibility for the purchasing team as well as the sourcing and procurement of reliable and good quality materials and products.

The successful candidate will be a driven, self-motivated, and highly focused with demonstrable experience of leading a team, demand planning, managing change, process improvement and achieving organisational profitability.

Please note, this position will be working in both remotely and in the office environment. Our client is also open to individuals who have recently stepped up into a Purchasing Manager cover role, who now feels ready for a permanent position!

Key duties:

  • Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness
  • Complete audits on existing suppliers ensuring consistent performance as well as assessing any new suppliers for suitability
  • Drive team of 9 to achieve & maintain Fill Rate for Stocked lines
  • Develop, lead, and execute purchasing strategies, including cost down and improvements to the logistics flow
  • Define, Develop, and provide regular reporting as required by the business including key Performance metrics for supply chain management
  • Ensure Freight costs are managed to optimise costs for the supply chain, working with the European Freight team & UK Customs Specialist to implement Best Practice policies and ensure Commodity Classifications are accurately maintained
  • Lead change management for the purchasing team, supporting new product introductions
  • Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand, taking part in despatch meetings and other meetings as required
  • Drive team to manage supply chain and identify any corrective actions required ensuring good quality communication occurs within the business to maximise customer service
  • Scrutinise buying patterns and predict future trends
  • Manage the missing parts within the organisation and ensuring rectification in a timely manner
  • Craft negotiation strategies and negotiate terms of contracts including meeting and assessing suppliers with respect to their suitability
  • Manage, amend, and update existing contracts and supplier agreements
  • Participate in special projects and perform other duties as required

The successful candidate will have/be:

  • An experienced Purchasing professional with a background in Supply chain, FMCG, or Distribution
  • Management experience / Leadership skills
  • A thorough knowledge of supply chain processes is required with a comprehensive understanding of ERP systems
  • CIPS qualification preferred
  • Familiar with sourcing and negotiation processes
  • First class interpersonal skills with a real passion for building effective professional relationships
  • Excellent knowledge of current purchasing and procurement regulations are necessary
  • The ability to collate and analyse data
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Analytical, with a high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and handle multiple projects and daily tasks
  • Confident in managing multiple priorities and a demanding workload

Please apply now for immediate consideration!

This role is being handled by Nicole Hill, Business Support Consultant for Pearson Whiffin Recruitment.

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