Purchasing Manager

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 6 days ago

Reference 1421312

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Purchasing Manager based in Belfast.


The Purchasing Manager will control the Purchasing function of the business, with a strong solid background in purchasing and supply chain management, the candidate will take a proactive approach in reviewing current systems and procedures, making recommendations and implementing changes. The role is key to leading the Company forward in securing quality suppliers of materials covering price delivery and quality targets. 

Main Responsibilities

Managing and controlling all the company’s external suppliers with particular emphasis on the purchase of materials.  Establish strategic relationships with key suppliers who are aligned to the company’s needs.

Forecasting levels of demand for services and products to meet the business needs and keeping a constant check on stock levels.  Forecasting price trends and presenting on their impact on the Business.

Identify new suppliers, agree terms and negotiate supply agreements where appropriate, including discount structures and volume rebates.

Supplier visits both in the UK and abroad. Such visits may be at very short notice.

Carry out a comprehensive review of the Purchasing function and its methodology and identify and implement improvements.

Stringent stock control is required to assure company targets are met. This includes spend, usage, scrap, inventory levels etc. 

Manage the Company’s stock-take processes.  

Ensure that the stock’s physical location in the warehouse agrees to that held in the computerised stock control system. 

Ensure goods are receipted on a timely basis allowing suppliers to be paid within agreed terms. 

Ensure that the computerised stock and product files are accurate at all times.  

Manage the Companies Chain of Custody management system.

Full involvement with the sales team on the evaluation of new and existing materials and their successful integration to the business. This will include identifying current and future trends in the global market place.

Additionally, any reasonable task requested by the company.

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Minimum 3 years previous experience in a Purchasing role;

  • High competency level in use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, as a minimum);

  • Experience of using an ERP system;

  • Full Driving License required;

  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing external spend whilst developing a robust supplier base;

  • Fully conversant with modern procurement and purchasing techniques;

  • Presenting Purchasing performance achievements to the Board; 

  • Management and coordination of Purchasing activities with relation to Cost, Delivery and Quality performance.  

Personal Qualities

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Good negotiation skills

  • Teamwork

  • “Hand on” approach to all tasks

  •  Ability to take a proactive approach to overcome challenges and achieve results

  • Versatile, tenacious and people orientated

  • Result orientated and confident

  • Proven appreciation of customer service expectations and cost demands of business

  • Commercial and financial acumen

  • Sets priorities taking into account short and long-term needs of the business