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Category Manager, Research and Lab Supplies

We currently have an interim requirement available for an individual  with specific experience in the sourcing and/or outsourcing of laboratory services.  The assignment will be 6 months in duration and the post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering a commercially focused category management strategy for all Research and Lab Supplies and Services procurement needs. This approach will need to ensure continuity of supply, manage commercial and legislative risk relating to Procurement, deliver value for money, and take into account the wider impact of procurement on the economy and sustainability.



You will be responsible for leading and advising colleagues on all procurement and contract management activity, ensuring outcomes are aligned to the organisation’s strategic priorities. You will translate the vision of the department and the wider organisation into tangible goals, managing performance through taking key decisions, planning, risk management and regular communication relating to the relevant category area.



You will understand the local and organisational business environment and the relevant category supplier market, identifying risks, providing insights and flexible, innovative solutions based on a long-term view of the organisation’s priorities, shaping and aligning the procurement solutions and contractual arrangements accordingly.

 

For further information please apply or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting the job reference.

 

Langley Search & Selection Ltd is 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.

Sourcing Manager

Sourcing Manager required to join a global business. Permanent role, remote / home-based, offering a salary in the region of £50 - £100K p/a with benefits.

The Sourcing Manager joins a FORTUNE 250 company, a leading provider of business- distribution, logistics and supply chain solutions for Electrical and Electronic products and services to the Communications, Utility and Broadband sectors.

Joining a new and rapidly expanding Global division offers the successful applicant the opportunity to build the business unit's Procurement function from the ground up.

Responsible for the management of direct and indirect purchasing spend the appointed Sourcing Manager will in time, build a team of staff. Largely working with a UK Vendor base you will ensure that all procurement strategies meet the needs of the global client base.

Within this highly autonomous role you will work with stakeholders, vendors and clients on a global basis. With dotted lines to C & D suite stakeholders, you will act as the internal Lead on all matters relating to procurement.

Job Description

  • Lead and plan sourcing events, vendor engagement, evaluation and selection
  • Ensure product cost competitiveness and high service levels within purchasing categories
  • Manage Direct spend for Finished Goods, Components, Materials etc
  • General Indirect spend management for the business unit
  • Implement efficient sourcing strategies and processes for transactional and strategic buying ensuring supplies and services are available at the lowest total cost
  • Spend in the region of £25m-£30M p/a
  • Category Management: Take lead and own cost savings initiatives
  • Build relationships with key Vendors to better understand suppliers’ business models to improve the quality and pricing of products and services,
  • Build relationships with business leaders up to the Board
  • Manages and leads functional teams involved in sourcing initiatives
  • Implement KPIs: Cost savings, quality, reliability and working capital.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Proven best practice category management and strategic sourcing processes
  • Demonstrable history of improving the quality and service level of direct and indirect goods and services
  • Able to manage medium to large global transformation procurement projects
  • Able to design and implement a strategic sourcing function,
  • Expert knowledge of purchasing strategy, processes, and technology
  • Strong ERP and IT systems usage
  • Procure 2 Pay processes
  • Degree in Supply Chain or a Business related field is required
  • Experience to date ideally gained in an Electrical / Electronic Service Provider
  • Demonstrable track record of working in a highly complex, global business
  • Your CV will provide clear examples of cost reductions and process improvements
  • Have negotiated highly complex procurement contracts worth millions of pounds
  • Expert knowledge of key contractual international purchasing law
  • Proven usage of online sourcing platforms
  • Financial acumen: Total Cost of Ownership models is required
  • Excellent communication, leadership and presentation skills are required
  • Currently residing in and remain in the UK on an indefinite/long term basis

What’s on offer?

Salary in the region of £50-£100K, Bonus, Pension, etc. Remote based role with the option of hybrid / site based work if desired

Please apply quoting reference TB/7850

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.

Senior Procurement Manager IT/Digital

Up to £90,000 + package

My Client, a leading Broadcast Media organisation is currently looking for a specialist Senior IT/Digital Category Manager. The Senior IT/Digital Category Manager will report to the Head of Technology Procurement. You will be helping the business gain the best value from its Digital contract portfolio.  You will join the current team in delivering strategic and tactical Digital procurement projects in IT/Digital categories.

 

You will work closely with the Technology/Digital teams to run tendering processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

 

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience technology, sourcing and procurement in a very interesting sector.

 

Skills required:

 

  • IT/Digital sourcing and procurement experience, across the categories of software & Digital
  • Expertise in Contract drafting and negotiation, ideally with the CIPS contract law module
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Experience of the project lifecycle, IT implementations and life in IT departments
  • Experience of developing best practice governance, procedures and policies which protect the business from risk

Experience Required:

  • Experience in the Media sector would be advantageous but not essential
  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent and MCIPS
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills.  The ability to coach and develop.
  • Procurement technical skills including negotiation skills, contract drafting, drafting of relevant RfPs etc and use of category management techniques in setting category plans
  • The ability to draw together requirements across multiple or individual business units and gain consensus on the procurement plan from the business
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills.
  • Demonstrate you are a team player, a good networker who will add value to any team.

 

For further information please email michael.babatunde@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting MB//7811.

Langley Search & Interim is a specialist search firm and interim provider of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain roles across the UK, Europe and Internationally. We place senior-level interim and permanent positions from global multinationals to SMEs, across Consumer, Industrial, Public Sector and Technology & Professional Services.

 

Take a look at our website at www.langleysearch.com, join our LinkedIn community at http://bit.ly/1MzkDeV and follow us on Twitter @LangleySearch for the latest industry insight, news and more exciting opportunities. As the leading niche recruiter of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain jobs we also provide valued career advice and support services for candidates.

Unfortunately due to the high levels of response we receive, we are often unable to personally respond to every application. If you are suitable for the role for which you have applied or another role, we will contact you within 3 working days.

Director of Operations

Role:                Director of Operations

Location:         UK (Preference would be South East)

Salary:             £120-150K BASE plus Exec Package

About Our Client

My client who are a leading Logistics/Shipping business and they are currently looking to attract the very best Director of Operations for this newly created role, which is due to continued expansion and recent acquisitions.

Job Description

You will have responsibility for all the operational processes across all the transport modes and contract logistics. You will be looking to increase both productivity and efficiencies across the operation whilst also looking to increase service quality.  
You will have responsibility for a large team therefore your leadership and communication skills need to come to the fore.

  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of an operations team of around 120 employees.
  • Responsible for the up-skilling of the current team through an active attitude towards coaching, mentoring and development.
  • Develop and grow relationships with 3rd party suppliers (air, road and sea) in order to secure the most cost effective rates for our business..
  • Offer strategic business direction through the collection and analysis of business statistics.
  • Ensure that a quality service is provided to our customers in line with our SLA's.
  • Generate new business relationships through active promotion of our brand.
  • Direct responsibility for six Senior Managers on a daily basis.
  • The role can essentially be based anywhere in the UK, there is a preference for a South East base. The role does potentially have some European travel involved.

 

The Successful Applicant

My client is actively looking to engage a dynamic leader, mentor and coach who can impart their passion and knowledge onto the wider business. Either currently working as a Operations Director or an established Senior Manager with strong leadership and mentoring skills would be perfect for this position.

The successful Operations Director will have many of the following attributes:

  • Strong airfreight forwarding experience is essential for this role.
  • Previous experience of remotely managing numerous teams.
  • Commercially minded, with a desire to drive profitability whilst still providing outstanding customer service.
  • Experience developing and lead teams through periods of change.
  • Ideally educated to degree level (BSc, BA, or BEng) although not a prerequisite.
  • Previous experience at a similar level within other Blue Chip or SME Logistics businesses.

For further information please email christian.smith@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting CS//7783.

Langley Search & Interim is a specialist search firm and interim provider of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain roles across the UK, Europe and Internationally. We place senior level interim and permanent positions from global multinationals to SMEs, across Consumer, Industrial, Public Sector and Technology & Professional Services.

Take a look at our website at www.langleysearch.com, join our LinkedIn community at http://bit.ly/1MzkDeV and follow us on Twitter @LangleySearch for the latest industry insight, news and more exciting opportunities. As the leading niche recruiter of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain jobs we also provide valued career advice and support services for candidates.

Unfortunately due to the high levels of response we receive, we are often unable to personally respond to every application. If you are suitable for the role for which you have applied or another role, we will contact you within 3 working days.

Sustainable Procurement Manager

My Client, a leading Consulting firm is currently recruiting a Sustainable Procurement Manager.  The role can be based in either Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle or Manchester. The role reports to the Head of Procurement. The Sustainable Procurement Manager will support the firm in its aim for carbon reduction.

You will collaborate with the Procurement team. The main focus will be on embedding a sustainable, social value and ethical process and supply chain across all categories of spend.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about sustainable sourcing and wants to build a sustainable programme from scratch.

Key responsibilities

  • Support procurement managers in their projects and engagements to ensure sustainability opportunities are identified and optimised in our procurements, agreed objectives continued and reported on
  • Maintaining an up to date knowledge of best in class sustainable procurement criteria across all key categories
  • Working alongside category procurement, sustainability and EDI specialists to establish existing baselines and opportunities for improvement projects.
  • Liaising with suppliers and functional owners as required to ensure we have meaningful and productive relationships with our key suppliers’ CSR teams.
  • Identifying risk factors, such as Modern Slavery in our supply chain, and raising accordingly with colleagues

Experience required

  • Knowledge of the corporate procurement processes and how to reflect sustainable objectives in contracts.
  • An understanding of carbon footprint reporting and how supply chains impact on an organisation’s performance
  • Passionate about organisational sustainability and corporate responsibility
  • Strong hands-on experience in implementing sustainable procurement initiatives and impacting positively on the performance of supply chains

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to info@langleysearch .com quoting MB/7726.

 

Langley Search & Interim (langleysearch . com) 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

Procurement Manager

My Client a leading Brand is currently looking for a specialist Category Manager. The Category Manager will report to the Director of Procurement helping internal stakeholders gain best value from their spend portfolio.  You will join the current team in delivering strategic and tactical procurement projects in Technology, Corporate Services, Events & Travel categories.

You will work closely with the various department to run tendering processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience technology, sourcing and procurement with an amazing brand.

Skills required:

  • Sourcing and procurement experience, across the categories of Technology, Professional Services & Travel & Events
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Experience of developing best practice governance, procedures and policies which protect the business from risk

 

Experience Required:

  • Experience working in blue chip organisations.
  • Ideally educated to degree level
  • Procurement technical skills including negotiation skills, contract drafting, drafting of relevant RfPs etc and use of category management techniques in setting category plans
  • The ability to draw together requirements across multiple or individual business units and gain consensus on the procurement plan from the business
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills.

 

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to info @langleysearch .com quoting MB/7727.

 

Langley Search & Selection (langleysearch .com) 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 Supplier & Account Managment

My Client a Private Equity owned energy platform business, are currently looking for a Head of Supplier & Account Manager The Head of Supplier & Account Manager will report to the CFO and be accountable for maintaining and improving the existing Supplier relationships. This includes ensuring on-time delivery across the supply base ensuring prices remain competitive and coverage is extensive across the UK.

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to work with a leading organisation that they can really have a hand on shaping and developing.  The role will be based remotely, with travel to suppliers.

 

In this role, you will…

  • Be a member of the management team, leading the Supply team and shaping the Supply strategy. 
  • Build strong working relationships with both suppliers across the UK and colleagues across the business; understand their priorities and help them understand yours. 
  • Build, lead, manage and mentor a Supply team encompassing Account Management, Supply Operations and Resolutions (dealing with Supply issues impartially and resolving them to the satisfaction of both client and the supplier).
  • Refine & improve the clients offering to customers & contractual relationships with suppliers.
  • Ensure the right supply KPIs are in place and are managed effectively. 
  • Work with the Operations Team to make sure that the clients get the right balance between supply and Operations, and processes are clear between both departments.
  • Ensure that the Supply roadmap is well communicated and understood across the wider team.  Improve the level of Supply and process understanding across the business.

 

Experience Required:

  • Great commercial ability, communication, and relationship management. Comfortable working and negotiating with people from national businesses down to sole suppliers
  • Curiosity and a love of process and optimisation. You can always see a better way to do things and get excited about the opportunity to create new processes and experiment with existing ones.
  • Passion for leading teams and at least 5 years experience in a Supply Chain role, ideally in a business that uses technology and data. You know that delivering high-quality service depends on having a great team in place and skilful leadership and management of them.
  • A data-driven and analytical mindset. You know how to ask the right questions to get to actionable outcomes, how to design processes and use KPIs to measure their effectiveness.
  • Good judgement and the ability to stay calm under pressure. You have superb organizational skills, integrity, and great follow-through on tasks.

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to info @langleysearch .com quoting MB/7724.

 

Langley Search & Selection (langleysearch . com) 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

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