Role details

Group Purchasing Manager

England   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Deliver sustainable benefits (cost savings, reduced risk to supply)
  • Looking at purchasing and supply management of the Business services categories

About Our Client

*Understand capture and shape internal business requirements looking over a 1,3,5 year horizon as appropriate
*Deploy strategic purchasing processes, tools and techniques
*Use project management disciplines - ensure clarity of scope, measurable objectives, clear roles and responsibilities and achievable time plans
*With the team identify, evaluate, negotiate and help select suppliers who best meet business requirements
*Use the e-sourcing tools for all supplier evaluation activities
*Create and deliver purchasing and supply management strategies which make a step change in performance
*Deliver significant benefits from purchasing and supply management in terms of cost savings, operational performance improvement and mitigation of risk

Job Description

Stakeholder engagement
*Secure stakeholder involvement in all purchasing and supply management activities
*Create teams representing relevant functions and operating companies in order to carry out PSM activities as a team
*Develop great working relationships with all stakeholders
*Work in a collaborative and transparent manner

Analysis and insights
*Analyse expenditure, budgets, forecasts, business plans, costs, prices supplier performance, suppliers' capabilities, supply market dynamics, business requirements, proposals for supply, suppliers' motivations
*Generate and share insights from analysis with stakeholders and purchasing teams
*Ensure decisions are based on facts and data
*Deploy insights and analysis to create purchasing and supply management strategies which deliver substantial business benefits

Supplier engagement
*Establish relationships with current suppliers and potential suppliers
*Drive their performance through a thorough understanding of what motivates them to perform
*Promote the opportunity for suppliers to win business across the group
*Ensure suppliers know what is expected from them in writing and how their performance will be assessed
*Hold suppliers accountable for their performance

*Capture performance in line with Group Purchasing principles and reporting timetables
*Produce presentations and reports on a weekly, monthly annual basis as required by stakeholders

Responsibilities/ Decision Making
*Deploying the purchasing process appropriately relevant to the scale of expenditure, level of risk to supply and complexity of requirements
*Establishing purchasing and supply management strategies for the defined category of expenditure
*Negotiating with suppliers
*Ensuring all agreements with suppliers are in writing and in place prior to the start of business
*Delivering business benefits which meet or exceed targets
*Meeting the requirements of governance and policy manual which includes their Code of Conduct

Job scale - quantitative
*Potential spend in scope of £100m+
*50+ suppliers
*Spend comes from up to 10 different operating companies
*30 key stakeholders

Job scale - qualitative
*Influencing at all levels of the management hierarchy
*Negotiating with suppliers, often their sales or managing directors
*Large amount of travel required between UK and France - potential Poland/Russia
*Working with different business cultures and languages

The Successful Applicant

French language - fluent and international experience is also necessary
In depth experience of negotiating and working with suppliers
Experience of purchasing for multiple operating companies/ business units/ P&L's
Successful track record of making change happen including changing suppliers
At least two years experience of purchasing capital expenditure
Can demonstrate in-depth experience in a category of spend and how these skills can be transferred to a different category
Experience of working in more than one country is an advantage

Empathetic with people - listens and takes on board requirements
High standards of professionalism - works to deadlines, punctual, sets up and runs meetings with clarity of agenda and expected outcomes
Challenges existing purchasing practices in a positive way
Focuses on making change happen and has the influencing skills to do this
Tenacious in achieving results, keeps going when presented with setbacks
Curious - a desire to investigate and question
Open and transparent in working style
Fluent English speaks and additional language skills are an advantage (French an advantage)
Capable of handling ambiguity and potential conflict
Good and demonstrable knowledge of contract law

What's on Offer

This leading retailer is looking for an experienced procurement professional with experience of purchasing capital expenditure and can demonstrate in-depth experience in a category of spend and how these skills can be transferred to a different category.

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