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Simon Nicholas 17/12/2021
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Not Disclosed Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 + benefits £
Type: Permanent
Seniority: N/A
Date: 17/12/2021

Are you a procurement professional looking to take the next step in your career? Fancy a job where you get genuine support and development from your line manager as well as the opportunity to take ownership of your component/commodity/category area? Happy to still be operational/tactical as well as strategic? Then this might be right up your street…

What’s on offer?

  • £30,000 to £35,000 basic salary
  • Flexible working – up to 3 days per week from home
  • Contributory Pension
  • Study Support
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays

What will you be doing?

Working under the mentorship of some outstanding procurement and commodity managers, you’ll be responsible for full lifecycle management for a defined portfolio of commodities/categories/components, from requirements identification, through supplier sourcing, selection, on-boarding and management to ensure the best quality product/service is available at the best price for each of the projects you are working on. You’ll be fully accountable for the spend and budget management for you area, as well as supplier consolidation/optimisation and relationship management. These projects will cover multi-site and pan European requirements. Your supplier base will be both domestic and international so you’ll be working with plenty of different cultures. There are currently 3 roles available, all coming about as part of a re-structure and centralisation programme, covering a range of components/commodities/categories including fasteners, metals, electrical, fabrics as well as indirect categories such as packaging, logistics, manual handling equipment and aftermarket. Ultimately your job is to deliver cost down targets, ensure optimium product/service quality and availability and work with your supplier base to deliver mutually beneficial improvements.

Who will you be doing it for?

You’ll be joining an established global leader in their field that will give you a platform to learn, grow and develop your procurement skills with the support of some fantastic procurement leaders. You’ll be supported in your professional development as well, as this business has a proven track record of putting it’s staff through recognised industry qualifications. You’ll be working on projects for some extremely high profile clients, which will help further enhance your reputation within the industry. This is your chance to be part of a large procurement function (circa 40) whilst still having plenty of opportunity to make an impact, be heard and develop your career.

What do you need to bring to the table?

To be successful in this role it’s expected that you’ll be able to bring the majority of the following skills and experience:

  • Previous procurement/purchasing experience ideally gained within a manufacturing/engineering environment (direct, indirect, tooling preferred but isn’t essential – all procurement/purchasing backgrounds will be considered as the right person is the most important thing)
  • Commercially savvy and a strong negotiator
  • Excellent communication, influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Results driven – you’ll love delivering against challenging targets
  • Able to play a lead role in contract implementation and management
  • CIPS or equivalent would be advantageous but isn’t essential if you are qualified by experience
  • A positive, driven personality and a desire to help create a true best in class procurement function

If the above sounds like the next step in your already successful career, and you’d like to learn more, apply today with a copy of your CV, LinkedIn profile or whatever you have for immediate consideration – every application is reviewed by a person, and everyone will get a response, it’s the least you deserve

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