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Head of Purchasing

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Sectors:

    Direct/Indirect Procurement

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  • Salary:

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Excellent Benefits Package

  • Contact:

    Tom Evans

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  • Published:

    9 days ago

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    Tom Evans

Head of Purchasing



£75,000 - £85,000 plus benefits package

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a leading global Automotive supplier based in the Birmingham area as Head of Purchasing.

The Role

Reporting to the Group Purchasing Director, as a Head of Purchasing for this leading Automotive supplier in the Birmingham area, you will be challenged with taking cost out of the business and the supply base, the operational and strategic management of a large team and the implementation of long term agreements. You will need to be able to operate with autonomy in the corporate structure and take ownership of all purchasing activity of the department.

Your role will involve understanding of supplier performance in respect to their new product introduction, quality, cost, risk and management. In this role, you will also be looking to develop and drive continuous improvement in the purchasing activity.

Key responsibilities will likely include;

  • Ensure materials are purchased at the most competitive prices worldwide, to the required specifications

  • Responsible for the supplier performance, ensuring that targets are reached for each and every assignment

  • Responsible for planning the purchasing team's activity, setting the objectives and evaluating performance

  • Manages the budget for the department

  • Negotiating with global suppliers

  • Leading all performance reviews

  • Manage capacity at suppliers & anticipate up and coming supplier risk with established back-up plans

  • Successfully set up and lead new Purchasing initiatives

  • Drive price reduction activity with suppliers, lead supplier reviews + negotiations

The Person

We are looking to recruit an experienced Automotive Head of Purchasing for our client in the Birmingham area who has operated at Head of Purchasing or at Purchasing Director level. The ideal Head of Purchasing will need to have strong communication and stakeholder senior management skills. Key requirements for the role will include;

  • Experience in Sector, Automotive (tier 1 preferably) or alternatively complex manufacture is essential

  • Degree qualified - Engineering or Business related is preferred

  • Vast experience managing a large team

  • An understanding of lean techniques and global sourcing

  • Financial acumen and budget experience

  • Strong negotiation skills

The Business

The successful candidate will be joining a market leading organisation. The business will support your personal development in this is role and there are plans in place to for promotion opportunities.

There is an immediate need for someone to join the business so if interested please apply today!