Purchasing Manager

Arena Group
31 Mar 2018
20 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Purchasing Manager

Arena Group specialises in hard copy and electronic document management. We provide the hardware, software, service and expertise that enables organisations to cut costs, improve efficiencies and become greener. In terms of size and scope, with around 205 staff, working within the North of England and Wales across 7 regional offices.

As we have grown from 10 employees in one small location to a company employing around 160 people across 6 UK offices, our original values and ethics still drive the way we do business. 98% of our customers said they would recommend us and 99% rated the competency and helpfulness of our engineers.

In 2008 we were listed by the Yorkshire Post as one of the region’s best companies to work for and listed in 2006 by the Sunday Times as one of the best companies to work for, Service excellence: The Chamber of Commerce has awarded Arena regional and national awards for outstanding customer service.

In addition to our recognition as one of the region's best companies to work for, Arena hold Investors In People accreditation. Through looking after our people, we maintain the best service for our customers and long-serving staff.

Position: Purchasing Manager
Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 8.30am - 17:00pm
Salary: £Competitive
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave (Rising to 27) plus Bank Holidays, Bonus, Free Onsite Parking, Pension Scheme, Healthcare Cash Plan, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, Annual Premier Conference (5* Weekend Abroad, Partners Included), Social Events, 2 CSR Days Annually, Training and Development Opportunities.

About the role:

A brand-new opportunity for a Purchasing / Procurement professional to consolidate a number of our business functions into one integrated Purchasing role. We are open-minded to the specifics of the role; the successful candidate will be expected to create a ‘blueprint’ for purchasing within the business.


- Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies and procedures
- Identify, analyse and negotiate all cost-saving opportunities with current and new suppliers
- Build relationships to secure best value Prepare bid awards for board approval
- Responsible for fleet management, which is currently managed in-house and for reviewing the entire fleet acquisition policy
- Fleet management duties such as ensuring value for money and performance of the contract with the fleet provider as well as ensuring employees comply with the fleet policy at all times, notifying any breaches of the policy to the compliance manager / HR, as appropriate
- Additional duties also include fleet administration (e.g. on-boarding new drivers to the system, initiating regular license checks, mileage administration, dealing with any accidents and liaising with the insurance company)

About you:

- CIPS qualification
- Experience of identifying, analysing and negotiating cost-saving opportunities with regards to business supplies and services
- Ability to negotiate contracts
- Experience of working to a budget
- Strong relationship-building skills
- IT Literate, ideally with ability to work on MS Excel
- Experience of managing fleet and facilities is desired
- Experience of creating a budget would be advantageous
- Project-management experience is preferred
- Ideally, degree-educated in a related field

You may have experience of the following: Head of Fleet, Fleet Manager, Fleet Operations Manager, Fuel Management, Accident Management, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Manager, Procurement Manager, Fleet Procurement Manager, Vehicle Manufacturers, Contract Management, Operations Manager, Transport Manager, Purchasing Manager, etc.

This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications

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