Procurement Heads is working on a retained mandate for a Global Sourcing Manager with a global manufacturing organisation. (Swansea)

The Global Sourcing Manager will lead the procurement efforts for packaging, plastics, and mechanical components on a global scale with responsibility for developing and implementing strategic sourcing initiatives, negotiating contracts, and optimizing the supply chain for efficiency and cost-effectiveness


Key Responsibilities:

Global Sourcing Strategy:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive global sourcing strategy for packaging, plastics, and mechanical components.
  • Identify and evaluate potential suppliers, ensuring a robust and diversified supply chain.
  • Develop and execute commodity strategies for our key components, in line with business strategy
  • New Product Development
  • Identify, evaluate and select the optimal supplier base to support on-time, on-cost and quality input to our new products
  • Cooperate with suppliers and the R&D team to make use of supplier expertise early in the development process

Supplier Base Management:

  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers.
  • Negotiate contracts and terms and conditions to achieve favourable agreements in terms of quality, cost, and delivery
  • Drive continuous improvement by optimizing supplier performance; and proactively making use of the company’s supplier rating system

Cost Optimisation:

  • Implement cost-effective measures to optimise the procurement process without compromising product quality.
  • Conduct regular cost analysis and identify opportunities for cost reduction.
  • Identify and drive cost-improvement projects across the value chain

Quality Assurance:

  • Collaborate with suppliers and the quality department to establish and maintain high-quality standards.
  • Implement quality control measures and conduct regular supplier audits.

Supply Chain Efficiency:

  • Streamline and enhance the efficiency of the supply chain; cooperating with our procurement department to ensure the timely delivery of materials
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to align sourcing strategies with production requirements

Market Research:

  • Stay informed about market trends, industry developments, and regulatory changes related to packaging, plastics, and mechanical components.

Skills & Experience

  • Substantial proven experience of at least 8-10 years in global sourcing and purchasing, specifically in the areas of packaging, plastics and mechanical components.
  • Proven strong negotiation and contract management skills
  • Knowledge of processing methods, tooling requirements and costings
  • In-depth knowledge of international trade regulations and logistics 
  • Proven track record of having delivered cost-down strategies
  • Experience with ERP systems and procurement software
  • Proven track record in managing a global supplier base, preferably in electronics and/or medical appliances

Salary & Benefits

  • £65,000 per annum
  • Personal Targeted Bonus
  • Pension, H/C and flexible benefits

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