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Head of Purchasing

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Sectors:

    Purchasing & Supply Chain

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  • Contact:

    Hilary Beard

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  • Published:

    5 months ago

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£Competitive + BENEFITS

  • Global company

  • Career opportunities

  • Excellent benefits

I am seeking an experienced Head of Purchasing for a leading manufacturing business based near to Birmingham. Due to continued growth, the business is expanding their supply chain team and has a newly created role. The business has state of the art facilities and can offer genuine opportunities for progression and development.


As Head of Purchasing you will have Purchasing Managers and a large team of buyers in your function. You will need to be able to operate with autonomy and take ownership your buying function.

Your role will involve understanding of supplier performance in respect to their new product introduction, quality, cost, risk and management. You will be visiting suppliers and using initiative and industry knowledge to build on relationships. In this role, you will also be looking to develop and drive continuous improvement in the purchasing activity. Key responsibilities will likely include;

  • Ensuring that materials are purchased at the most competitive prices worldwide, on time and to the required specifications

  • Driving forward quality improvements and compliance

  • Working closely with developers, engineers and the project team for supplier exit strategies

  • Leading reviews and negotiating with global suppliers

  • Leading and taking responsibility for team


Based in near to Birmingham, the ideal Head of Purchasing will need to have strong communication and stakeholder management skills. Key requirements for the role will include;

  • 5 years + experience of purchasing in a manufacturing environment

  • 2 years + experience of senior management

  • An engineering related degree and MCIPS qualified

  • Strong internal and external Stakeholder engagement skills

  • Strong ERP/MRP and IT skills (excel)

  • An understanding of lean techniques and global sourcing


The successful candidate will be joining a global organisation. This company have a fantastic track record for developing and investing in their people, facilities and systems. The business will support your personal development in this is role and there are plans in place to for promotion opportunities. This is a unique opportunity, if you are interested, please contact Hilary Beard at Core Talent.