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Manufacturing Director

A Manufacturing Director is sought for a technology manufacturing company located in West Suffolk. Salary+  benefits including car allowance, pension, bonus + more

The Director of Manufacturing oversees multiple global plants, which manufacture technically advanced products. Accountability for ensuring that health, safety, environmental, customer, quality, cost, and delivery requirements are met, you will also develop continuous improvement and technically advanced manufacturing principles

Ultimately you will maximise manufacturing output, increase company profitability and help to lead and develop the teams during a period of significant sales growth and business expansion

What you’ll be doing?

  • Responsible for leading group manufacturing you will ensure a high focus on Health, Safety and Wellness  by promoting a culture of safety first.
  • Ensure that all products are manufactured in a cost effective, quality, profitable and timely manner, in alignment with specifications and quality requirements.
  • Manage Production and Manufacturing departments, ensuring production output is consistently delivered.
  • Ensure environmental considerations, improvements and targets are at the heart of manufacturing operations. Lead and contribute to the ESG strategy and initiatives.
  • Implementation of new and advanced technology.
  • Responsible for the manufacturing budget, annual forecast, and CAPEX proposals.
  • Supervise CAPEX purchases, plant maintenance and facilities.
  • Ensure a continuous improvement culture, develop, and train Lean methodologies
  • Through personal example promote Codes of Conduct, ensure the team follows the Code and manage non-compliance.
  • Communicate and maintain good relationships with Unions

Whom we are looking for:

  • Successful applicants will have a proven record of accomplishment ideally with a blend of high-value, low-volume, and low value high volume, manual and automated global manufacturing operation.
  • Extensive multiple site manufacturing plant management success utilising Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen and CI methodologies
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills, able to define long-term strategic goals
  • Commercial and Financial acumen, proficiency in managing budgets, forecasting and metrics
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience
  • Willing to travel overseas once per quarter.
  • Knowledge of IOSH/NEBOSH, ISO standards
  • Spanish language is a plus.
  • Management of an ESG manufacturing strategy is beneficial
  • Already based in the UK, eligible to remain on an indefinite basis and are willing to work onsite full time

Head of Engineering

A Head of Engineering is sought for a technology manufacturing company.A hybrid role, site located in West Suffolk / Bury St Edmunds offering a competitive salary with benefits including car allowance, pension, bonus + more

The Head of Engineering Leads the NPD (new product development) strategy by working closely with Customers to understand their needs so they can be engineered into automated and manual product ranges. By collaborating with Product Managers, you will ensure that the company's and customers’ objectives are aligned with, and built into the technology strategy

You will lead the Robotics, mechatronic and software engineering teams, develop their capability to meet key deliverables, and act as a change agent for innovation to bring the team on the customer journey.

An expert in Robotics products engineering you will drive the long-term automated manufacturing solutions that increase sales and market share.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Management of multi-disciplined Engineering teams, including performance management, career development, and resource planning.
  • Global new process technology development and implementation for manufacturing sites
  • Identify automated technical product improvements
  • Partner with manufacturing sites and third-party suppliers to manage new technical developments
  • Identify and resolve technical engineering problems that arise in manufacturing facilities
  • Manage Software Test as a function, ensuring high quality for all New Products
  • Management of the NPI programme in line with cost and quality targets
  • Define the annual Engineering budget, manage expenditure
  • Motivate technical teams to engage with customers and develop key client relationships
  • Assure that all safety, regulatory and ESG measures are met
  • Attend trade fairs, supplier meetings, conferences and exhibitions
  • Encourage awareness and active participation in ESG and wellness initiatives.

Whom we are looking for:

  • Successful applicants will have a proven record of accomplishment within a similarly high-value, low-volume complex engineering and manufacturing operation.
  • Experience in leading multidisciplinary Engineering teams with the proven ability to manage complex, multidisciplinary engineering projects
  • Up to date with engineering innovations including Robotics, Automation, Software, AI etc.
  • A hands-on leader  able to successfully develop and motivate employees
  • Extensive NPD and NPI management, able to develop relationships with customers and suppliers
  • A solid commitment to supporting ESG, specifically the environment, promoting diversity and operating ethically
  • Relevant engineering degree
  • You will already be based in the UK, are eligible to remain on an indefinite basis and be willing to work onsite 3 days’ per week

What’s on offer?

Competitive Salary, + car allowance, Bonus, Medical Insurance, Pension etc

Langley is exclusively retained to manage this process on behalf of our client, full disclosure of salary and package will be provided to those applicants who are verbally contacted during shortlisting.  

Procurement Manager - Professional Services

Brand new opportunity available in Bristol for a Procurement Category Manager from an indirect services background and with experience working within a fast-paced strategic environment.

This is a position within an expanding and progressive procurement function. The role will require the successful applicant to be in the office for 1-2 days per week, potentially less as things progress. The headquarters is located within a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads.

You will be responsible for providing commercial procurement services across a wide spectrum of professional services spend in addition to addressing some other indirect category areas of spend. You will ensure that the procurement and supply chain objectives of the department are achieved consistently and in support of the strategic plan and vision. You will also be tasked with developing and managing several key supplier relationships to ensure value for money and provide technical expertise in executing end-to-end procurement processes.

Your profile and background

  • You'll have experience of the full end-end-end tendering process and you'll be able to provide examples where you have achieved significant savings across specific category areas of spend.
  • You'll have the ability to influence and engage with stakeholders at varying degrees of seniority. 
  • You'll have a solid understanding of your assigned category areas of spend and you'll be comfortable liaising with a broad range of suppliers and negotiating high profile contracts.
  • You'll be a personable and self-motivated individual with strong verbal and written communication skills. 

All applications meeting the above criteria will be carefully considered.

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.

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

Procurement Specialist

A procurement Specialist is needed for an FMCG manufacturing company.  Permanent role based onsite in Leicester. Salary in the region of £38-£40K + benefits.

Joining the Procurement function, you will support the Purchasing Managers in coordinating, managing, and implementing purchasing initiatives and processes. Supporting day-to-day procurement challenges, you will be the point of escalation, driving problem resolution and conducting root cause analysis.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyse and document current purchasing processes, and improve the efficiency of service between the Supply Chain and Procurement functions
  • Identification of procurement risk and opportunities, driving added value and improved ways of working
  • Manage Group information requests (RFIs) to support the Procurement Teams and Customers.
  • Analyse and support tender processes.
  • Management of Supplier Scorecards and KPIs
  • Support Supplier Management, and Supplier Relationship projects.
  • Ensure compliance of contractual agreements in place.
  • Day-to-day management of Suppliers
  • Support NPD by sourcing new materials when required
  • Work closely with the Supply Chain team, driving improved ways of working


About you:

  • Educated to A level or higher
  • Ideally, you will be studying CIPS qualified or are already qualified
  • Proven track record of purchasing success gained in FMCG or similar fast moving, low value sectors.
  • Intermediate/advanced user of Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to manipulate large and varied volumes of data.
  • Strong communication skills, able to influence suppliers and colleagues in a collaborative manner
  • Willing to work onsite, full time
  • Driver license
  • Eligible to work and remain in the UK on an indefinite basis.

Supplier Relationship Manager

Supplier Relationship Manager

Location: West London

Salary: c£70k + excellent benefits

Reporting to the Commercial Leader, this is an excellent opportunity to develop, shape and drive Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) across the IT & Digital area of the business. working from within the procurement function that looks after over c£900m spend., This role represents an excellent platform for candidates who would relish the opportunity to take ownership and deliver tangible step-changes within an organisation.

The key elements to the role:

  • Develop/implement innovative, efficient and effective supplier relationships and contract management strategies, policies and procedures. This will include elements such as supplier onboarding, performance / contractual review, and governance within IT & Digital. 
  • Coaching / Training of internal staff in SRM and Contract Management best practice
  • Senior stakeholder engagement to ensure organisational and functional requirements are incorporated into SRM and Contract Management protocol
  • Drive internal take-up and compliance of systems and processes to leverage efficiencies and savings

Ideal Experience Required:

  • Strong understanding of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) / Contract Management
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills, particularly in stakeholder engagement
  • Project Management skills

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to quoting MB/7974.


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

Senior Category Manager

Are you interested in assisting the Senior Category Lead across their engineering spend portfolio ? If so, please apply below!

My client a leading Transportation Organisation is looking for an experienced Senior Category Manager.

The culture of the company is flexible, professional and accountable. This individual will have the responsibility to develop and implement best practice category management across assigned categories of spend with the aim of maximising cost savings to the business whilst delivering best value and performance from the supply chain.

The ability to demonstrate the value of strategic procurement to the key stakeholders and provide evidence of cost savings via a more considered purchasing plan.

This role would suit someone with strong stakeholder management expertise who can handle robust stakeholders whilst being consultative.


Skills Required:

  • Engineering Procurement experience. Experience across Capex & Opex spend.
  • Contract performance management and supplier relationship management, across a range of spend categories.
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering procurement projects including
  • Develop and implement category strategies, sourcing and contract management projects

Experience Required:

  • The ability to draw together requirements across multiple or individual business units and gain consensus on the procurement plan from the business
  • Drive for continuous improvement, self-starter who can work independently – never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Relevant professional qualification and professional body membership ideally CIPS


For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to quoting MB/7973.

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

Procurement Lead - Utilises & Energy

My Client is a leading organisation in their field. They are currently looking for a specialist Category Lead – Utilities/Energy with experience in the Coal, Electricity, NG, and liquid fuels, Solar PV, Wind, AD, and EfW categories. The Category Lead will report to the Procurement Director helping internal stakeholders gain best value from their Utilities & Energy spend portfolio.  You will join the current team in delivering strategic projects.

You will work closely with the rest of the team to run tendering processes, utilities & energy 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, sourcing and procurement in a very interesting sector.

Skills required:

  • Utilities & Energy sourcing and procurement experience, across the categories of Coal, Electricity, NG, and liquid fuels, Solar PV, Wind, AD, and EfW
  • 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, contract implementations
  • Experience of developing best practice governance, procedures, and policies that protect the business from risk

Experience Required:

  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent and MCIPS
  • Excellent leadership.  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.
  • Technical understanding of utility markets
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills.
  • Demonstrate you are a team player, a good networker who will add value to any team.


For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to quoting MB/7956.

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



Material Planner

Material Planner

Leeds, West Yorkshire




  • The Materials Controller is responsible for ensuring that materials are ordered and effectively managed within the required timescales meeting the demands of the Master Production Schedule.
  • The person will work with suppliers and cross functionally with Planning, Operations, Warehouse and Procurement to ensure timely delivery of incoming products.
  • To manage supplier performance on a day-to-day basis including weekly expediting and understanding of any potential risks to plans.
  • Elevation of any problems and driving through corrective actions agreed.
  • Managing Non Conformance issues in line with the Supply Chain Manager and ensuring corrective actions are firmly in place and any compensation owed, is effectively delivered.
  • Establish and ensure compliance to clear inventory policies and procedures. 
  • Playing a key role in the implementation of the Company’s investment in a new ERP System, going forwards.



  • Ensuring sufficient inventory of materials and services to meet customer and business needs.
  • Maintain maximum and minimum stock levels to ensure timely material availability.
  • Work closely with Production Planner to forecast levels of demand for materials and services to meet customer and business needs adjusting as appropriate in reaction to changes
  • Analyse production demand by building systems and reports through MRP and ERP.
  • Ensure stock accuracy and transactional precision within operations and business systems data.
  • Contribute to Risk Management through close supplier relationships and market awareness.
  • Manage supplier and sub-contractor delivery schedules and ensure compliance with quality specification.
  • Assist investigating raw material variances and actions to correct data. •
  • Analyse existing processes and KPIs, supporting improvements and implement actions
  • Weekly reporting of direct and indirect Materials and order cover within the supply chain.
  • Undertake regular supplier development and vendor rating to drive service improvement and provide a measure for the quality provided
  • Purchase business related items driving cost efficiencies and general administration as required.



  • Experience gained within a manufacturing environment
  • Material Management Experience
  • Understanding of inventory control process
  • Solid experience of MRP transactions
  • IT literate

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