Role details

Purchasing Manager (Direct Materials).

Swindon   •   £45,000 - £55,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Operational Purchasing Manager - complex engineered products
  • Tactical purchasing and change management to drive increased value.

About Our Client

About Our Client

Our client is a specialist manufacturer and re manufacture of complex, highly engineered products. The group designs and manufactures specialist assemblies which they supply to OEM's and the associated aftermarket / service sector. The portfolio of products includes a wide range of assemblies / sub-assemblies and control complete systems. The group has design, marketing and servicing operations, with a multibillion pound turnover and employees circa 20,000 globally. They continue to grow organically and via acquisition of specialist capabilities that enhance the value of the group.

Michael Page Procurement have been retained to recruit a Purchasing Manager for their site in the West Country.

Job Description

Purchasing Manager (Direct Materials).


Technical Fit:

  • MCIPS Qualified / Engineering Degree desirable: HNC / ONC Minimum
  • Operational / tactical Purchasing -£35m spend responsibility (latest developments likely to increase this level):
    • Focus on direct material required for Production Assembly material, Procurement Program management, Data and Spend Analytics.
    • Technical Engineering / 1st tier OEM Manufacturing Sector Experience.
    • Strong People Manager: teams of 1-15, 3 category managers
    • Supplier development and focus on improving supplier performance delivery OTIF 96% - Target 100%
    • SAP MM and MRP knowledge excellent Super User skills.
    • Demonstrable cost down savings and initiatives
    • Organisational and LEAN skills
    • Demonstrable skills in developing TCO models

The Successful Applicant

Purchasing Manager (Direct Materials).

The Successful Applicant

  • You will be a qualified Procurement Professional, and have proven and demonstrable experience of procurement within a highly complex engineered product environment. Further you will have experience of managing a team of purchasing professionals and driving increased value from the supply chain.
  • The successful candidate will have highly developed commercial negotiating skills combined with the man management experience to drive a performance from the team. You will possess excellent communication skills and understand how to develop internal relationships to ensure Procurement partners across the whole organisation.


  • Engineering degree desirable: Minimum HNC / ONC
  • Purchasing experience within a technical engineering / 1st tier manufacturing sector


  • Excellent collaborative and commercial negotiation skills
  • The ability to manage and coach team members and wider stakeholders to drive maximum commercial value from their technical knowledge
  • Ability to drive behavioural change
  • Enthusiastic, ambitious and persistent approach

Cultural and Personality:

  • Self-Starter and Driven, Dynamic, Ambitious, Strong leadership skills
  • Good internal and External Stakeholder skills to influence a change culture.
  • Proven ability to drive change to create value from improved processes and "knowledge transfer"
  • Flexible to travel within the UK and overseas

What's on Offer

What's on Offer?

Basic Salary circa £55,000 + excellent benefits package.

Inclusive of Healthy Bonus and Pension and BUPA Health care.

Flexible Working Hours.

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