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Purchasing Mananger

Job Title: Purchasing Mananger
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lytham St Annes
Salary: £45,000
Reference: #4908
Contact Name: James Field
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 21, 2021 08:20

Job Description

Purchasing Manager


Reports to: Head of Procurement
Location: Lytham
Salary: £45k

An automotive business specialising in valve manufacture is hiring a Purchasing Manager to drive all the supply-chain activities within the company. Simultaneously, the Purchasing Manager will ensure all business activities are ethical, whilst ensuring best practices and adhering to company policy, and HS&E policies and procedures. 


  • Maintain proactive, dynamic, and effective communication with all suppliers at all times

  • Sourcing of all new component suppliers

  • Ensure schedules are accurate & controlled with the suppliers on a weekly basis & dispatch plans are aligned

  • Monitor OTD’s, and analyse & report the root cause of any late deliveries

  • Take charge of the heat treatment suppliers, raising purchase orders & expediting

  • Manage Subcontracted material sourcing and supply – Order placement, Inventory Management, Supply Scheduling, and fulfilment

  • Work with quality on any defect components

  • Deliver ‘cost down’ activities – in line with margin expectations

  • Take ownership of inventory levels & integrate with ERP system schedules

  • Drive to and exceed KPI targets – delivering timely communications to the management team including key measures, events, supplier activities

  • Develop accurate LN based purchasing data to underpin KPI’s

  • Deal with queries on pricing & shortage issues

  • Contribute to all applicable production meetings

  • Ensure all required documentation is accurately completed and recorded

  • Communicate any shortfalls to expectations with recovery plans

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven experience in purchasing management covering a diverse global supply base

  • Proven experience in driving both new and existing accounts, whilst maintaining competitiveness

  • Manage supplier schedules based on customer demand, ensuring availability of materials, supplier manufacturing capacity and OTD

  • Deal with conflicting demand in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment

  • Discuss stocking plans and policies with suppliers

  • Monitor supplier performance and drive improvement

  • Ensure company trading terms and obligations are met

  • Seek to improve creditor days

  • Possess a passionate and tenacious approach to service, with excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to develop and coordinate activities through all departments – good relationship builder, both internal and external

  • Excellent negotiator

  • Excellent numerical skills – understand cost and cost reduction opportunities, financially astute

  • Good analytical approach to prioritising opportunities

  • IT literate – competent in the use of ERP/MRP systems and Microsoft suite

  • The ability to understand and resolve issues through improved use of the ERP

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experienced buyer

  • Comprehensive knowledge of purchasing tools and techniques

  • Technical background – strong understanding of Engineering principles

  • Background in a highly regulated industry, e.g. Medical, Automotive, Aerospace O&G or similar

  • Purchasing professional, qualified in; CIPS/APICS, etc

  • Strong personality to be able to push back on suppliers

  • Strong ERP/MRP knowledge

  • Professional communicator (verbal and written)

Click apply or speak to James Field for the full details at: 

Tel: 0257 244748

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