Purchasing Manager

Our client is a leading and established manufacturer based in Thetford, due to their continued growth and development they are seeking to employ an Purchasing Manager.

They work with some of the UK’s biggest retailers and brand owners and own the distribution and licensing rights to various brands in our own name.

Purpose of the role:

To provide senior and experienced management of the purchasing department. To determine the requirements and optimum stock levels against the business demand via an effective purchasing strategy. Consolidation of stock, management and ownership of the full inventory.

Excellent and competitive salary offered depending on experience.

Reporting directly to the Head of Purchasing.

This is a permanent role.

Duties including, but not limited to:

* To deliver an effective procurement strategy in conjunction with the business needs.

* Building and managing relationships with suppliers.

* Negotiating contracts with suppliers.

* Liaising closely with various stakeholders, internal and external, to ensure the availability and timeliness of materials for production across the sites.

* Head up the Supply Chain team to continually drive process and procedural improvements in the daily work. Including the management of Category Buyers and Administrative support.

* Agreeing Standard Costs and report on Standard Cost Variances achieved monthly.

* Identify and manage current stock to reduce actual spend and prevent duplication of purchases. Consolidation of materials for use with current components to create agreed finished good packs.

* Implementation of a purchasing policy including retrospective discount negotiation, group discounts, agree supplier stock holding volumes.

* Reduction in SKU count by consolidation of inventory across the customer base.

* Set the supply chain team meaningful KPI’s

Key Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The ideal candidate will:

* Have considerable experience in a comparable industry: personal care, pharma, or food supply chains.

* Be CIPS Qualified level 4 or above with demonstrable purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.

* Computer literate with excellent general IT skills, ideally including a good understanding of Excel.

* Good organisational and time management skills.

* Ability to communicate with people at all levels of the business, both in person and via email.

* Have strong attention to detail.

* Be self-motivated, determined and driven to develop the role.

* Work well under pressure with the ability to work to strict deadlines.

* A proactive team player who is honest, hardworking, and reliable
Thetford, United Kingdom, gb
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