Procurement and Supply Chain Manager

Ideal Personnel and Recruitment Solutions
15 Apr 2018
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client has a vacancy for a Procurement and Supply Chain Manager. You will have responsibility of strategically and practically reviewing all procurement across the business, identifying cost savings and efficiencies, and to lead contract negotiations for purchasing of all raw materials, packaging and services.

Taking an entrepreneurial approach, and reporting to the Operations Director, you must have good verbal and written communication skills, exceptional negotiation skills with ability to influence at senior levels, and build strong working relationships with both suppliers, colleagues and customers.

You will be in control of the full process from supplier identification and auditing, contract negotiations, quotations and scheduling, through to metrics and quality performance measurement.

You must be able to work under your own initiative when required, make decisions as appropriate and possess the resourcefulness to highlight risks and potential opportunities.

Essential Duties:

Lead the contract negotiations for all raw material and packaging contracts and manage relationships.

Develop and implement SLA’s with key suppliers to facilitate enhanced supply and reduce onsite stock holding.

Develop and maintain a suite of KPIs to measure and challenge quality, cost and delivery performance and act on the results were required.

Performance review meetings with suppliers and distribution carriers

Manage the development of supply chain and continuous improvement projects affecting cost, quality and delivery

Study and analyse markets to make recommendations of possible savings without detracting from quality requirements.

Implement and manage a supplier quality management system that ensures compliance with all relevant standards including managing supplier relationships and auditing.

Ensuring all negotiated gains are tracked, measured and delivered

Work closely with the global NPD team to ensure that all materials (including packaging) are suitable and available for product launches

Inform other departments of all relevant information regarding changes in materials, major price movements, delivery lead times and individual supply situations.

Maintain accurate records of all procurement activity

Effectively ensure material supply meets production requirements with minimum stock levels, whilst optimising costs

Take ownership of material planning issues that arise, including over or under delivery and take any follow up actions especially in the event of material shortages that affect production

Assess volume requirements against planning assumptions

Manage inventory risk and ensure that contingency plans are in place

Manage the material capacity planning process within the business

Develop and maintain good relationships with suppliers and ensure demand for materials is met and deliveries made on time

Seek and recommend solutions to overcome issues arising to meet production requirements and address operational risks

Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to forecast, plan and facilitate on-time materials to the production line

Take lead on internal and external relationships to ensure consistent, timely and effective communication regarding material availability

Support new business initiatives and projects and contribute to review meetings and change process ensuring effective material planning implementation takes place to accommodate the changes

Lead and coach the manufacturing teams to effectively resolve issues on the print floor using modern problem-solving techniques

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Worked in a FMCG environment or any exposure of fast pace manufacturing operation

Strong leadership presence

Good interpersonal, leadership and motivation skills

Possess proficient change management skills

Strong analytical, commercial and negotiation skills

Proven track record of negotiating and managing key supplier SLA’s/contracts

Proactive, 'can do' attitude

Ability to work as part of a cross functional team, with previous management experience

Project management skills



Excellent communicator

Positive team player


Relationship developer



High level of drive and commitment

Basic/Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

University Degree or experience equivalent required

At least 5 years managing supply chain functions (experience in the printing industry would be advantageous)

CIPS qualified or working towards (or equivalent) / relevant degree

Experienced in lean manufacturing principles

Project management skills

At least 5 years’ experience in stock control, supply chain operations, international air/sea/ inbound/outbound shipping and UK domestic distribution

Strong managerial and operational skills.

Proven negotiation and procurement skills.

Due to the large number of responses we receive it is not always possible to respond to every application. We will only contact those candidates short-listed for this role. If you have not heard from us within 7 days please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If you wish to apply for further roles please do so. We will retain your details on file and contact you should a suitable vacancy become available.

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