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Purchase Manager

Who are we? 

Our client has a century of engineering excellence and innovation — ranging from concept design to prototype manufacture and full-scale production – of rapidly-deployable, modern bridging systems in various challenging scenarios. They also provide value-added inspection, repair and maintenance, spares and training services, wherever needed around the world.


What are we doing? 

The in-house research and development function enables our client to provide additional engineering solutions across the defence sector, including aeronautical and vehicular equipment. 


Main purpose of the job:​  

Your job requires management of established procurement team to ensure consistent timely delivery of technically compliant materials and services to Manufacture and procurement of non-production materials and services for the business. This hands-on role requires you to employ current supply chain best practice always develop strategic supplier relationships personally and through your team working within a governance framework and ensure robust commercial baselines / protections. 

Main Duties: 

  • Influence and drive implementation of the procurement strategy at Bid and Production phases ensuring risk is clearly identified and provisioned for 
  • Manage the Bridges procurement team, prioritising and ensuring procurement needs of production and the business are delivered in a timely and commercially robust manner 
  • Create and implement appropriate contracts with strategic and tactical suppliers 
  • Lead multifunctional reviews and improvement activities with suppliers 
  • Be responsible for proactively driving supply chain obsolescence issues 
  • Undertake periodic personal development and objective reviews with each team member ensuring training needs are identified and executed 
  • Populate, communicate, and keep topical procurement metrics and reports.  Validate against exception reports and ensure root cause of poor performance identified and mitigated internally and or with suppliers 
  • Ensure functional governance topical and team compliance 
  • Work closely with Quality to ensure robust and consistent supplier approvals, monitoring and ensuring preventative / corrective actions are closed in timely manner 
  • Represent procurement and procurement status in project and business meetings 

Our client is a SME. The Managerial Role is hands on and will involve in addition to managing actual execution of all aspects of the role. 

Qualifications and Education: 

  • Full UK driving license (Essential) 
  • Business / Engineering degree or equivalent (Desirable) 
  • MCIPS (Desirable) 

Relevant Experience: 

  • 6+ years procurement experience minimum 2 years in leadership role 
  • Commodity buying and LME pricing. Familiarity with purchase of metals. 
  • Supply Chain/Procurement experienced gained in an Engineering and / or defence environment
  • Ability to negotiate commercial terms / service level agreements 
  • Proven understanding of and ability to create and implement appropriate commercial terms / service level agreements 
  • Strong focus on governance and supply chain robustness 
  • Experience of using SAP or other MRP system 
  • Microsoft Excel Intermediate level, ability to manipulate spreadsheets 
  • Experience of procurement bid strategy development and execution

The Person: 

  • Strong stakeholder management skills and ability to influence internal and external parties 
  • Hands on management approach – willingness to get involved in all activities to enable operations of the department 
  • Can do, make it happen attitude 
  • Coaching and empowering leadership skills 
  • Ability to travel in UK and abroad if required 





Industry: Manufacturing 

Location: Manchester 

Salary: Negotiable 


To apply please submit a current CV, along with details of your current earnings to: 



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