Group Purchasing Manager

  • Full Time
  • Liverpool
  • £60000 - £85,000

Our client is a successful, highly commercial manufacturing company with ambitious growth plans. Following a number of recent acquisitions they are looking to recruit a Group Purchasing Manager to join the team on a permanent basis.  Reporting to the Board you will be responsible for developing, leading and executing strategic purchasing strategies.  You will have worked at senior management level previously and must be a skilled negotiator with strong networking, vendor management, data analysis and leadership experience.  Operating at board level, this newly created role is an exciting opportunity to become an integral part of a market leading commercial business with a clearly defined growth strategy.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Introduce an innovative and proactive approach to identifying new suppliers and products
  • Provide a strong knowledge of demand planning and forecasting
  • Optimise stock levels without disrupting production
  • Create and continually develop a purchasing strategy
  • Manage and develop strategic supplier relationships nationally and internationally
  • Lead the purchasing team by setting a clear direction and setting key objectives
  • Proactively reduce or mitigate purchasing costs, whilst maintaining the best possible quality
  • Oversee the management of the sourcing and purchasing activities for all externally sourced raw materials, consumables, and equipment
  • Oversee supply chain management
  • Work closely with the Directors to meet key strategic targets
  • Improve and develop the purchasing department standing in the organisation, cultivating internal stakeholder relationships
  • Review payment terms to ensure the best outcome has been agreed in line with commercial targets
  • Consolidate purchases to achieve maximum economic benefit
  • Any reasonable additional duties as requested by the directors
  • Provide purchasing leadership and guidance to the business through a period of high growth around the group in varying sizes of organisation
  • Implement a purchasing dashboard of KPI’s that can be used to monitor performance around the group

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage staff within the Purchasing department.
  • Partner with stakeholders to ensure clear requirements are documented along with relevant business case.
  • Forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier relationships.
  • Perform cost and scenario analysis and benchmarking.
  • Supplier and contract management, manage and mitigate all risks associated with Purchasing.
  • Seek to achieve best practice at all times within the Purchasing and buying remit.

Skills/ Qualifications Required:

  • Formal qualification in supply chain management, CIPS qualified or equivalent business qualification
  • Previous procurement experience at senior management level
  • Strong procurement and contract management knowledge & experience
  • You will have a proven track record in managing a multi-million pound spend
  • Be able to demonstrate strong Project Management experience/skills both in raw materials and indirect spend
  • Possess a hands-on can-do attitude, excellent communication skills and an ability to organise, plan and prioritise
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • A driven and motivated individual with strong analytical mindset and a desire to progress
  • Chemical/Polymer industry knowledge preferable
  • PRINCE2 Project Management qualification desirable but not essential

This opportunity will require travel, both nationally and internationally to fulfil the requirements of the role.

A competitive salary and benefits package is available.

For more information on this exciting opportunity please apply with your CV, or contact Joanna Marsden on 07740621160.

Group Purchasing Manager


£60,000 – £85,000

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Jo Marsden

Jo Marsden is managing the process for this particular vacancy. Please do not hesitate to contact Jo if you would like to discuss the role in more detail - 07740 621160

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