Head of Purchasing

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Job Description

A leading engineering and industrial support services company, employing people throughout the UK and Europe in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets

Key Objectives:

  • To develop the strategy for purchasing of approximately £20m of goods and services across the four divisions of the UK business to ensure the company uses its market position to lever industry leading supply chain arrangements. 
  • To ensure an appropriate procurement process exists balancing the need for control and authorisation with a lean process to facilitate efficient operational functionality.
  • To develop close, long-term relationships with key suppliers to assure certainty of supply and mutual benefits including emphasis on continuous improvement through the introduction of new product lines. 

Main Activities:

  • Identify, tender and implement supply chain framework agreements for major supplies leveraging best value for the Company
  • Review the existing procurement process and recommend improvements balancing internal control with a lean and efficient process
  • Understand the key delivery and performance indicators for each product and apply appropriate incentivisation metrics
  • Create an environment of continuous improvement initiatives from the supply chain to drive mutual added value
  • Audit regional procurement activities and ensure compliance with national frameworks and capex approval requirements
  • Convene regular supply chain forums to generate learning and best practice   

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Membership of CIPS
  • Experience in a similar role.
  • A broad knowledge of the industry requirements and a broad understanding of the various stages of project development. 
  • Proven negotiating skills and expertise necessary to interface with quality and performance.