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Assistant Manager - Purchasing

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Automotive, Purchasing and Supply Chain

Assistant Manager - Purchasing and Supply Chain - Bedfordshire - £Neg

Our customer is a leading test business and provide vehicle test, validation and engineering services to various sectors including automotive, transportation, tyre, petrochemical, defence and security.

The purpose of the role is to support Capital and CAPEX projects, specialist vehicle conversion components sourcing and support of the organisation. Working with the Purchasing Manager the role involves sourcing a broad spectrum of items effectively whilst ensuring technical, quality, project lead times, commercial risk mitigation and competitive factors are achieved.

Duties of the Assistant Manager - Purchasing and Supply Chain:

  • Sourcing of goods/services through extensive and complex negotiations with UK and overseas suppliers both over the phone and face to face.
  • Analysing quotes to identify the optimum position for the business and making sourcing recommendations as appropriate. Implementing new agreements ensuring all financial, quality and delivery considerations have been detailed.
  • Conducting stakeholder reviews across the business and at all levels to drive the delivery of purchasing projects.
  • Proactively managing suppliers to review and renegotiate to optimise financial, delivery and quality gains.
  • Becoming competent with the procurement systems. (Internal procedures and Microsoft Dynamics).
  • Co-ordinating Requests for Quotations (RFQ).
  • Developing new processes and industry best practices.
  • Supplier audits with focus on Business Continuity (ISO 22301:2012).
  • Reviewing, recommending and implementing opportunities for commercial and operational improvements to spend.

Experience required for the Assistant Manager - Purchasing and Supply Chain:

  • CIPS or Degree level qualification in a business-related field are desirable
  • Experience within a similar buying or assistant manager role
  • Confident communicator at all levels
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Team player
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Analysing cost data and commercial advantages
  • Analytical skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Financially literate


We are immediately sourcing suitable candidates for this role. If you are interested please apply with your CV and covering letter, along with confirmation of your current notice period and salary expectations. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted prior to submission with further details. However, should you wish to discuss your application in the meantime, please contact Justin Wainwright on 01268 889267 or 07711 156281