Procurement Manager

Location Chipping Campden
Job type: Permanent
Published: about 1 month ago

Job Purpose

Immediate Focus:

  • Identify and implement strategies to reduce operational costs.

  • Review and update processes for capital investment programs.

  • Engage with internal stakeholders and negotiate contract terms.

  • Lead and develop a small team through changes.

  • Dealings with external stakeholders.

Long-Term Strategy:

  • Overhaul the global supply chain to align with industry best practices.

  • Develop and implement an integrated procurement strategy.

  • Support the Finance team with centralized stores and inventory management.

Main Duties

  • Negotiate cost savings with suppliers (within 6-9 months).

  • Build relationships with Operational Units to understand business needs.

  • Line management of 2 direct reports, focusing on talent development.

  • Support supplier and freight forwarding management.

  • Manage procurement data and provide reports from audits and inspections.

  • Review and negotiate existing contract terms.

  • Oversee centralized stores and execute procurement strategies.

Knowledge, Skills, & Experience

  • Minimum 3 years of senior procurement experience.

  • Procurement qualification (e.g., Level 4 CIPS) and industry experience in laboratories or life sciences.

  • Strong communication, negotiation, and stakeholder management skills.

  • Analytical and strategic problem-solving abilities.

  • Experience in the food or drink sector is advantageous.

  • Degree in a relevant subject with 4 years’ experience or higher degree.

  • Effective project and time management skills.

  • Freight forwarding experience.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Communications

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

    • Recommend and implement process changes.

    • Proven negotiation skills and report writing.

    • Presentations to internal and external audiences.

    • Transfer knowledge to staff for commercial and technical needs.

  2. Analytical Skills & Creativity

    • Analyze data to identify trends and create reports.

    • Develop cost models with specialists and advisors.

    • Implement efficient and profitable working practices.

    • Resolve project-related issues with a proactive approach.

  3. Management of Activities

    • Ensure contractual and legal compliance.

    • Engage supply chain and monitor subcontractor relationships.

    • Deliver procurement/tender processes including training.

    • Manage supply chain risk and escalate issues as needed.

    • Plan and schedule work to meet deadlines.

  4. Management of People

    • Conduct appraisals, set objectives, and review performance.

    • Responsible for training and development of team members.

    • Continuously improve self-performance.

  5. Management of Finance & Resources

    • Deliver significant cost savings.

    • Manage complex projects within budget and on time.

    • Balance short- and long-term objectives.

  6. Autonomy & Accountability

    • Independently manage procurement activities.

    • Ensure compliance with legislation and mitigate risks.

    • Communicate results and implications to stakeholders.

    • Maintain quality and accuracy of work.

  7. Working Environment

    • Flexible/agile working with travel to UK sites as needed.

    • Role covers all business locations.