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Purchasing Manager

Job description

Purchasing Manager
Salary up to £42,000.00 DOE
Just off M5, near Exeter location
About the Company:
Our client is a prominent European manufacturer, known for its pioneering advancements in a niche engineering field. With a track record of involvement in notable projects for example in aerospace, they innovative solutions tailored to their clients needs. They are a privately owned, debt free company who invest in their employees.
What is the purpose of the Purchasing Manager?
This role encompases supervising the daily procurement operations of the purchasing team in the procurement department, for the acquisition of non-raw material goods and services.
You will ensure optimal processes are negotiated while verifying that products fully adhere to specifications, quality standards, and ethical considerations. 
What will you do as the Purchasing Manager?
  1. Collaborate with the Procurement Manager to devise purchasing strategies aligning with budgetary and operational needs.
  2. Ensure adherence to customer and regulatory requirements through efficient management of the Supplier Approval Process.
  3. Foster relationships with suppliers through visits, emphasizing value addition and staying abreast of the latest innovations.
  4. Monitor market developments for cost drivers, maintain regular communication with main suppliers, and explore alternative sources to mitigate supply chain risks. 
  5. Drive proactive cost reduction initiatives to enhance competitiveness.
  6. Review and approve purchase orders up to £10,000, with higher amounts subject to final approval by the Finance Director.
  7. Oversee the receipt and distribution of goods, ensuring accurate paperwork for invoice approval and payment.
  8. Validate and authorize non-raw material invoices for payment, resolving any discrepancies promptly.
  9. Support Departmental Managers in maintaining optimal inventory levels and scheduling deliveries.
  10. Proactively address supplier-related issues, including poor delivery and quality, and initiate corrective actions as necessary.
  11. Streamline procurement processes to minimize transactional costs and enhance efficiency.
  12. Identify and propose improvements within the Purchasing function.
  13. Ensure compliance with safety, quality, and quantity standards, reporting any issues to the line manager.
  14. Adhere to all Risk Assessments (RAs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), maintaining a clean and organized work area.
  15. Participate in continuous improvement activities and take ownership of personal learning and development.
  16. Assist in the onboarding and training of new team members.
  17. Maintain awareness of environmental regulations and uphold Health, Safety, and Environmental Policies.
What qualifications and experience are needed for the Purchasing Manager?
  • CIPS qualified or relevent purchasing experience preferably from a manufacturing background
  • CMI level 3 a bonus, as training can be provided
  • MS Office, Excel a MUST
  • Management experience - with direct reports
  • Negotiating experience  - Building relationships with suppliers, understanding of single source suppliers.
  • Experience with ERP systems - e.g. Epicor
  • SKU's experience
What will you get in return:
  • Salary of up to £42K DOE
  • Company pension plan
  • Company profit share bonus
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • On site canteen
  • Life assurance, enhanced maternity leave, health and dental plans etc
  • Parking onsite
  • Engaging work culture