Purchasing Manager

Posted 18 April by SF Group Easy Apply


This role is responsible for the performance, development and delivery of a relatively immature procurement function. As a truly hands on position the role will involve procurement activities around materials, equipment, supplies and services of a general nature in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures. The goal is to ensure a timely supply of goods, materials, parts needed for smooth operation of the site while maintaining budgetary challenges and meeting quality standards. Identify and Drive cost reduction opportunities and ensure good upward communication on reporting Corporate Metrics.


  • To lead and develop a relatively small / immature procurement function to contribute to commercial objectives at site, regional and group level
  • Create and implement robust procurement procedures enabling the foundations of a successful procurement function to be established and developed
  • Write and distribute bid invitations or requests for proposals; receive and analyse bids, quotes, proposals, and award the contract
  • Communicate with vendors on status of outstanding orders as well as discrepancies with quality and quantity, initiate and manage the claim process
  • Analyse trends and market conditions for present and future pricing, availability, lead-time and capacity of goods and services
  • Ensure compliance with quality standards, environmental, health and safety regulations
  • Work closely with other departments to support new product and process introduction processes, participate and provide expert opinion on make or buy and outsource decisions
  • To identify and implement best practice improvements to purchasing (i.e. cost reduction opportunities, supplier selection processes, long term agreements, internal processes) that contribute to significantly improved performance
  • Manage the supplier base and commercial contracts as required in conjunction with Corporate, Regional and Site strategy
  • Responsibility for purchasing activities including selection of appropriate suppliers of materials, goods and services
  • Develop and maintain a continuous improvement culture in line with the Supply Chain strategy
  • Utilise Service Level Agreements to maintain process control as agreed with appropriate stakeholders. Ensure management buy-off in all agreements


  • CIPS preferred

Work Experience

  • Experience in a purchasing/buying role, preferably in a manufacturing industry
  • Knowledge and experience of ERP systems is advantageous
  • Knowledge and experience of import and export requirements for EU and non EU countries
  • Knowledge of purchasing process, domestic and foreign supply market, purchasing and delivery terms and conditions
  • General knowledge of budgeting, inventory and cost-management
  • Knowledge of materials, products, and the commodity market
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and analysing specifications and bids
  • Good Cost Reduction experience
  • Knowledge of Inventory Management

Reference: 34933460

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