Procurement Manager | Growing SME | Bucks

A leading wholesale supplier SME with an exciting growth agenda for 2020 and beyond is recruiting a Procurement Manager to join its senior leadership team, drive the business forwards and step into a Director-level role over time.

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will develop, lead and manage end-to-end Procurement, in addition to implementing an innovative growth-focussed commercial strategy, focussing on new products within the business’ existing core market.

Leading a team four and responsible for a circa £20m spend, you’ll manage the complete Procurement process, ensuring correct stock levels, good-quality products and packaging, competitive prices and well-managed supplier relationships. In addition, you’ll be a key stakeholder in the implementation of a new ERP system.

As Procurement Manager your key responsibilities will be:

  • Commercial Strategy:
    • Developing and implementing a Procurement strategy for the business
    • Developing and maintaining an excellent understanding of profitable opportunities to grow revenue and market share
    • Developing and maintaining an excellent understanding of key customers/target audience to ensure that their needs are being met and business is retained
    • Working closely with the Sales Director to manage key customers (existing and new)
    • Working closely with marketing to ensure alignment with strategic and commercial goals
  • Product Development: Identifying and procuring new products to suit the business’ target customers and to enable turnover growth; managing the end-to-end process
  • Stock Control: Managing the stock on a monthly basis to ensure OTIF can be maintained at agreed levels
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Liaising and negotiating with approximately 30 overseas suppliers and 100 UK suppliers daily
  • Demand Planning: Working with the Sales Director and CFO to plan future requirements to plan demand carefully based on sales forecasts, weather, market conditions, etc.
  • Carriage In & Logistics: Organising freight in, FOB, CIF, LCL and airfreight shipments and getting the best prices available
  • Liaising with Sales: Providing sales staff delivery dates on items out of stock not showing on the system
  • Management Information: Monthly strategic reports to the MD

Skills and experience:

  • Accomplished Procurement professional with demonstrable cradle-to-grave Procurement experience
  • Experience working in a hardware, construction or wholesale environment
  • Low-cost Or Far East country sourcing experience
  • A strong leader with gravitas and experience directly managing a team
  • A customer-focussed and hands-on ‘doer’ willing to pivot to the needs of the business

Benefits of the Procurement Manager role include:

  • £65-70,000
  • 1k car allowance
  • Up to £30k annual bonus

How to apply:

To discuss the Procurement Manager role in more depth please contact James Dobbin at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7785 622635. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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