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Indirect Category Buyer

A leading and profitable organisation is currently looking for an Indirect Procurement Buyer to join their exciting business.

Reporting to the Indirect Procurement Manager, you will be responsible for managing an extensive budget and complex supplier network. You will need to be a motivated procurement professional with experience in general indirect procurement within a corporate environment. Crucial to the success of this role will be the ability to influence internally and raise the profile of procurement within the business.

The role involves managing a range of procurement projects across a broad range of indirect services including but not limited to Facilities, stationery, IT, packaging, utilities & HR as well as assisting with the implementation of the new procurement strategy.


To be successful you will have:


- Indirect services procurement experience

- Strong track record of achieving cost reductions

- Excellent negotiation skills

- Experience in managing strategic change and implementing best practice

- Hands-on approach to procurement project management


For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to quoting MB/7757.


Langley Search & Selection ( is the leading specialist recruiter in the procurement, supply chain and purchasing field.  We manage permanent and interim procurement and supply chain jobs across the UK, Europe and globally for our clients, from large global multinationals to SMEs

Head of Supply Chain Planning

Head of Supply Chain Manufacturing Planning required to join an FMCG business in the East Midlands Nottingham/ Derby area. Permanent role paying circa £60 - £70K P/A + benefits and offers hybrid, home / office flexibility

The Head of Supply Chain Planning drives customer service levels and achieves lowest cost of manufacture through leadership of Supply Chain Planning including: Materials, MRP, Production Planning and Manufacturing customer support

As a key Supply Chain key stakeholder, you will play a highly visible and active role in the success of the business by continually optimising supply chain planning and maintaining effective relationships, internally and externally with customers and suppliers


Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Ensure finished goods stock holding is aligned with:  working capital targets whilst reducing obsolescence and write-off
  • Align Demand and Supply Planning Forecasts with order book sales, stock and inventory levels and materials lead times to maximise OTIF performance at the lowest possible costs to serve
  • Produce annual master production schedules  and short term production plans
  • Compile MRP Plans and manage ordering of raw materials and packaging
  • Ensuring that Co-Pack customer requirements are communicated and captured
  • Ensuring training and procedures are in place for the efficient and effective running of the Supply Chain Planning team
  • Continual analysis of production scheduling rules to minimise waste and improve efficiency
  • Ensuring full department compliance with agreed S&OP processes, practices and communication flows
  • Planning stream lead within the S&OP / IBP process, supporting the monthly S&OP review
  • Training and development of staff to optimise the Supply Chain Planning departments performance
  • Ensure stock availability within the warehouse network achieves service levels
  • Responsible for MRP planning for multiple sites
  • Manage New Product Innovations to ensure customers launches run to schedule
  • Implement and Manage Inventory Working Capital projects to drive for improvements in Operating Cash Flow targets


Who we are looking for:

Suitable applicants will possess a mix of end-to-end supply chain planning career success with a demonstrable history of leading and developing teams

Expert Supply Chain knowledge of: S&OP, Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Production Planning, MRP, MPS, Materials Management and Customer Services

Commercially minded your CV will demonstrate your success at reducing costs, improving customer service levels and OTIF performance

Proven track record of leading and developing teams of staff

Existing responsibility for multiple sites, either domestically or on a global basis

Applicants from FMCG Food / Drink / Cosmetics companies are of high appeal. Similar high volume, low value, fast moving, promotionally driven sector experience may be considered suitable

Ideally be educated to degree level or hold an Industry specific qualification such as APICs, CIPs etc.

Existing SAP systems usage is advantageous

Possess strong Excel skills

Applicants must be eligible to work and remain in the UK on a permanent basis

Due to the high volume of suitable UK based job seekers, overseas applicants will not be shortlisted


What is on offer:

Salary in the region of £60 - £70K, some scope to go higher for candidates that meet or exceed all criteria

Bonus, Life Insurance, Medical Insurance, Pension

Defined Hybrid / flexible work policy: Typically 3 days In the office / 2 days remote / Home based


Langley are a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of: race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Due to high volumes of applications unfortunately we are unable to personally respond to everyone.  If we have not been in contact within a week, please assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. Thank you for your continued interest in working with Langley Search & Interim.

Supply Chain Manager

Supply Chain Performance Manager required to join a Leicester based FMCG Company. Package £45K to £56K per annum

Joining a Leicester based FMCG company the Supply Chain Performance Manager sits within the centralised purchasing function and works in a cross functional manner to implement and develop companywide supply chain processes and procedures

Procurement is well established internally and is transforming from a tactical to strategic function. To support this and speed up cost saving potential the business need to increase supply chain sophistication to eliminate: Stock outs, overstock, waste, supply issues, shortages, improve logistics flows etc

To achieve this the jobholder will be required to travel to multiple locations including Head office, factories, manufacturing sites and suppliers. This role offers a hybrid work policy, it’s expected that travel will be needed circa 3 days per week

Your approach will be collaborative & team orientated, you will be able to provide evidence of the success that you deliver based on your career success to date

Key to success will be your ability to build strong relationships across multiple sites and functional areas with credibility - building strong relationships with the supply base and customers will also be essential

You will be comfortable working within a complex, fast moving FMCG business and be able to view the big picture. This will be combined with an eye for detail, when dealing with more administrative elements of the day to day workload


Key Responsibilities Include:

Identify supply risks and threats, build contingency plans to meet rapidly changing customer demands and minimise supply risk

Support the procurement function and broader business by making informed, market leading supply chain management decisions across the business to become a key supply partner to major retailers.

Negotiate better terms and contracts with the existing supplier base

Develop standardised processes and procedures that support the manufacturing and supply chain functions in terms of quality, quantity and output whilst minimising costs and complexity

Work with stakeholders at all levels from the Board of Directors to production lines.

Help to develop and improve ethical and responsible sourcing to align environmental, price and quality factors into a best practice supply chain model

Partner with suppliers to build collaborative and integrated joint strategies and processes


About you:

Existing UK FMCG sector experience combined with supply chain knowledge is essential.

Possess excellent end to end supply chain knowledge: Demand Planning, Logistics, Purchasing, B2B Customer Services etc.

Proven track record of participating in and leading supply chain projects that develop functions from reactive / tactical to strategically minded

Able to lead change by inspiring colleagues at all levels with your similar career success gained in a complex FMCG organisation

Confident working in a highly autonomous manner, you must be able to drive and deliver change in partnership with colleagues, suppliers and factories.

Comfortable managing all elements of the supply chain: From analysis, identification and implementation of new processes and procedures up to leading and driving incremental change and major projects

Your CV will demonstrate your ability to reduce costs, increase OTIF, minimise stock values whilst optimising product availability.

Car owner / Driver: It is essential that candidates can travel with ease to a variety of locations on a regular basis, occasionally at short notice

Due to the high volume of suitable locally based UK jobseekers, applicants who do not reside in the UK will not be considered, nor will those requiring sponsorship


What’s on offer

£45K to £56K per annum

Pension & Additional Benefits

Hybrid work location, typically 3 days onsite.

Langley Search & Interim is a specialist recruiter in the procurement, supply chain and logistics field.  We manage permanent and interim procurement and supply chain jobs across the UK, Europe and globally for our clients, from large global multinationals to SMEs

Key skills and areas: procurement, strategic sourcing, category management, buyer, senior buyer, ingredients Procurement, contract negotiation, supplier relationship management SRM, vendor management, stakeholder management, purchasing

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive for posted roles, unfortunately we are unable to respond to each applicant.  If we have not been in contact within a week, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion. We thank you for your continued interest in working with Langley Search & Interim.

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