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Purchasing Manager

Engineering Professionals
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£45,000 per annum
08 Nov 2023
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Job Title – Purchasing Manager

Salary - £45000

Hours of work/Shifts – days,

Permanent position

The Purchasing Manager is responsible for the integral part of the purchasing function in the achievement of operational objectives. With a strong, solid background in purchasing, supply chain management and engineering, the Purchasing Manager will take a proactive, qualitative and quantative approach resulting in; continuity of supply, realised cost savings and excellent supplier relations. He/she will ensure systems and procedures are appropriate for successful job completion and by making recommendations and implementing changes, continually improve the department’s efficiency and overall effectiveness. Fundamentally, the role is key to leading the Company forward in securing quality suppliers of materials and components, focusing on; quality, price & delivery, departmental targets and inventory expectations.

The Purchasing Manager will report to the General Manager and support the purchasing team to achieve set targets. Ensuring training and development of the team is aimed at departmental improvements he/she will keep at the forefront of daily activities supporting the over-arching purchasing and operations team goals.

The role has a clear focus to facilitate the purchasing function at a tactical level to help achieve objectives required to aid production of existing and new products.

• Establish and implement purchasing policies, procedures and best practices.

• Monitor ongoing compliance with purchasing policies and procedures.

• Direct procurement policies to ensure all items are purchased and delivered within budget and time constraints.

• Identify and source new suppliers and vendors.

• Manage vendor and supplier selection process based on price, quality, support, capacity and reliability.

• Develop and maintain strategic relationships with key suppliers and vendors.

• Establish and update an approved vendor/supplier database.

• Develop, negotiate and administer purchasing agreements and contracts with suppliers in support of organisational requirements.

• Evaluate contracts to ensure compliance with legal requirements and organizational policies.

• Monitor supplier and vendor compliance with contractual agreements.

• Measure and manage the vendor and supplier cost, quality and delivery performance.

• Oversee supplier compliance with internal quality standards and external regulations.

• Troubleshoot cost, quality and delivery concerns.

• Manage risk relating to quality, cost, delivery and supply of purchases.

• Introduce performance improvement measures for suppliers and vendors.

• Work with relevant departments to manage inventory requirements.

• Facilitate timely placement of purchase orders.

• Review purchase orders for proper authorization and compliance with organisational policy and procedures.

• Develop and manage purchasing budgets and forecasts.

• Monitor and reduce purchase variances to meet profit objectives.

• Produce regular reports on purchase commitments, costs and delivery performance.

• Oversee the operations and daily activities of the purchasing department.

• Performance manage, develop and motivate purchasing staff.

• Direct continuous improvement of purchasing processes in line with changing organizational needs and market conditions.

• Supplier visits both in the UK and abroad. Such visits may be at very short notice.

Production Efficiencies

• Material costs – stringent material control is required to assure Company targets are met. This includes spend, usage, scrap, inventory levels etc.

New Products/Product Developments

• Involvement with Design, Quality and Sales departments evaluating, sourcing and securing appropriate delivery of new materials and their successful integration to the production end of the business.

• Carry out any other reasonable ad-hoc duties as directed by the General Manager and commensurate with the post.


• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role

• CIPS qualified or working towards is desired

Please note that if you have applied for a role but do not meet the criteria outlined above, we will not be able to take your cv forward to the next stage and due to the volume of applicants we may not be able to respond to all applicants if you haven’t heard from us within 48 hours you will have been unsuccessful.

At Ambitek we can cover blue collar and white-collar roles, we cover a variety of roles from cnc machinists, Welders, Platers, Fitters, Maintenance engineering, Inspectors, Mechanical fitters, Sheet Metal Workers through to Sales Engineers, Design Engineers, Production and Planning roles through to senior management roles. If this role does not suite, please get in touch and we may be able to find something suitable

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What Candidates Say

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