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Purchasing Manager

Our client, an iconic British brand in the construction hardware sector are looking for a progressive purchasing manager to join their expanding team and help them achieve their growth.

Based in Southeast London area, our client design, manufacture and sell desirable fittings to the High-End construction industry.

Due to the expansion of their business, they are now looking for an experienced purchasing manager to come in and lead their direct materials procurement.


Job Title:                            Purchasing Manager

Based at:                            Southeast London area

Department:                      Procurement

Position reports to:         Operations Director

Role overview:

To play a crucial role in reaching the operational and financial target of ‘on time in full every time’, ensuring the correct quantity and quality of the ordered items, delivered on time, within the agreed lead times, at the right cost.

The role includes managing and improving the various tactical day to day duties as well as helping on critical projects and implementing new ideas.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing the full P2P process (Raising orders, acknowledgement, queries resolution, etc)
  • Point of escalation for chasing and expediting orders with suppliers
  • Obtaining and processing purchase requests
  • Requesting purchase proposals and assessing quotes
  • Assessing orders for quality
  • Ensuring the optimum maintenance of data in the ERP (price, dates, quantities, etc) as well as identifying and raising technical queries with the ERP developer.
  • Liaise daily with Operations, Project and Warehouse (quality, queries, reporting, etc)
  • Looking after the high-value projects and fast-track orders from inception to completion, along with the Operations and Projects Teams
  • Identify and mitigate risks at all stages of the Procurement process from initial enquiry through to program delivery and contract closure
  • Purchase in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Other operational and purchasing ad hoc duties

Skills/ Experience Required:


  • Understanding of manufacturing and machined/CNC metal components
  • Product-based business as opposed to a service-based business.
  • B2B business as opposed to B2C
  • Proven track record of suppliers’ management
  • Ability to read technical drawings

Nice to have:

  • Construction and/or manufacturing
  • Corporate as well as small business experience
  • Knowledge of the hardware/ironmongery industry
  • Experience working with MRP systems
  • Competent with MS suite, in particular Excel.

Attitude, Skills, Knowledge:

  • Totally customer orientated
  • High attention to detail
  • Able to get the best out of suppliers but not afraid to ‘put the boot in’ and demand over and above service on the occasions it is required
  • Creative problem solver who will find a way to get goods to the customers come what may.
  • Able to cope with high levels of pressure, our customers are often under strict deadlines and pressure and that transfers to us
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Down to earth, ready to learn and listen
  • High EQ Adaptable – Good at managing different personalities from cottage industry craftsman to large corporations
  • Resourceful and pragmatic – Creative problem solver
  • Enjoys a challenge
  • Team player – very important
  • Hard worker prepared to role roll-up sleaves sleeves and get stuck in
  • Excellent time management – Organised and fast paced
  • Professional but friendly

Company Culture & Values:

The client is privately owned. They started as a small family business and have been rapidly growing for the past five years.

  • Good culture, agile and caring
  • Open communication, flat hierarchy
  • Achieving extraordinary results
  • Great team with a good work ethic
  • Iconic British brand

Company Benefits:

  • Investment in continual training/learning
  • Lunch paid for once a week
  • WFH ideally 1 day a week for this role, will consider 2 for the right candidate
  • Flexible all sudden leave etc and working hours as long as someone is hitting their targets and getting what they need to get done
  • Pension scheme as standard
  • Competitive salary
  • 5 days, 7:30 – 16:30 with 40min flexible lunchbreak

Equal Opportunity Statement:

The client is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

They strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees, and embrace diversity. They encourage everyone to respond.


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