Head of Procurement Indirects, Operations & Compliance

16 Nov 2021
14 Dec 2021
Job Title
Contract Type
Full Time
An exceptional Senior Procurement Professional is needed to head up an extremely busy department, for one of Plymouth's premier manufacturing companies.

* Responsible for the total cost and supplier management of "indirect" (including capex) commodity groups for supplier spend in the range GBP50m (approx. 500 suppliers)

* Responsible for oversight pf Procurement systems (Source to Pay / eCommerce), process compliance and day to operational oversight of Procurement team transactions (including but not limited to goods and service master data management and P2P transactions)

* Responsible for directing Procurement analysts to provide timely and accurate data analytics to the Procurement and wider Supply Chain teams in relation to external supplier and market information

* Direct reports – up to 3 – total team size c. 5–7 FTEs (subject to organisational design review)

* Conduct routine strategic sourcing activities and lead on–going Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) initiatives with "indirect" suppliers in the nominated category groups in order to manage the total cost of acquisition and support the needs of the business.

* Manage transactional buying activities for one off/ad–hoc purchases (including capex);

* Lead and develop Procurement's people, process and systems to enable the delivery of annual objectives and sustainable improvement in support of the wider business.

* Work collaboratively with members of the Supply Chain organisation and wider business stakeholders to drive continuous improvement in all aspects of supply of goods and services

Main Duties / description of tasks

* Using appropriate process, ensure that the team is reviewing & understanding commodity and market pricing via analysis of raw material fluctuations, currency movement and market trends/demands to support cost reduction via negotiation, internal waste reduction projects & design/development improvements.

* Conduct strategic sourcing and transactional buying activities using category management toolkit, to derive term contracts, manage supply base and instigate supplier continuous improvement programmes – including "make vs buy" analysis where applicable.

* Liaise with other members of the Supply Chain team (e.g. Materials Management, Planning and Logistics) to ensure production related indirect supply is optimised for inventory and efficient/timely production schedule adherence – including e.g. development of vendor managed inventory, quality audits, and supplier performance reviews.

* Liaise with wider business stakeholders / budget holders from across the business to ensure indirect goods and services supply arrangements are sourced, negotiated and contracted in an efficient/timely manner to meet the needs of the business, including supplier performance reviews mechanism to ensure life time total cost of ownership focus

* As required, ensure the team is enabled to conduct sourcing for non–production (and capex) spend activities.

* As required, work closely with Development & Manufacturing Engineering teams in evaluating new products & technology to obtain best market pricing and take advantage of innovation

* Undertake make vs buy analysis and implement appropriate solutions as appropriate.

* Undertake assessment of multiple market solutions where available including (but not limited to) low cost country sourcing opportunities where appropriate.

* Drive for overall supplier consolidation (reduction) where it makes business total cost sense to do so.

* Ensure that sourcing adequately considers business risk (e.g. single vs dual source) and fulfils the business requirements for Corporate Social Responsibility (including sustainability).

* Develop and oversee procurement processes and procedures to ensure continuity and consistency of work tasks.

* Track and report supplier performance, purchase price variance and other relevant KPIs including project updates and benefits delivered.

* Working with the Head of Procurement, develop and sustain supplier relationship management processes, procedures and associated metrics to drive continuous improvements for inbound supply chain.

* Support and enable the wider Procurement team through training and development initiatives.

* Drive the development, deployment and on–going management of Procurement systems.

KPIs (key focus items)

Cost Benefit

* Cost reduction

* Cost Reduction Savings (TCO approach) – Process & Waste, Development & Engineering, Cost of Quality

* Inventory Reduction – Number of Suppliers on inventory reduction programmes and value of product & Contract Status: (suppliers under contract) and agreed price structures

* Payment terms and credit limits tracking

Supplier performance (including "Hi Hurts") review

Procurement operations metrics (examples, but work in progress???.)

* Requisition to Order lead times

* Contract coverage (% of orders based on contracts)

Skills & Experience's

Strong track record of benefit delivery by leading and developing Procurement teams (minimum 10yrs experience)

Experience in the complete 'Purchase Cycle' and MRP systems

Experience in developing, deploying and managing procurement processes and systems

MCIPS or equivalent qualifications preferred

Technology literate including Microsoft applications and ERP systems (e.g. SAP, Oracle)

Experience of use of eSourcing systems (e.g. SAP Ariba, Coupa or similar)

The ability to communicate well at all levels by showing good presentation skills with a willingness to embrace change

Strong data analytical and exceptional commercial negotiation skills supported

If you have the experience listed above, and are currently looking for a new challenge then please submit an up to date CV by clicking the 'apply' button

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