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European Purchasing Leader - start Strategic Sourcing from scratch, £100m spend

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European Purchasing Leader - start Strategic Sourcing from scratch, £100m spend

RecruiterMillar Brunswick
Industry SectorEngineering, Engineering - Other, Service - Other, Services
Salary£82,000 to £85,000 per annum
Benefitsbonus, pension, heath
LocationsGreater London, London
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted21 March 2018

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Our client is a global leader in the fast growing scientific services market.  With facilities in almost 40 countries so far, it provides essential expertise to almost every industry.  It will continue to grow, both organically and as the main consolidator, in a very fragmented industry.

The business has now passed the size where the centralisation of some functions will deliver step change performance improvements to The Group as a whole.  Procurement is one of those functions.

This new role, European Procurement Leader, offers a rare and exciting opportunity for a talented Procurement professional.  Previously Purchasing has only ever been a local and administrative function.  Now, with the full support of The Board, Strategic Purchasing, built on Category Management, will be implemented across the whole business.

So, starting from very much a blank piece of paper, the European Procurement Leader will set up, implement and lead a strategic sourcing function that delivers competitive advantage for The Group via a world class cost base and a proactively managed world class supplier base.

The identified spend is £100m+ with a very fragmented supplier base and minimal centralisation so far.

Reporting to the Group Procurement Director (who recently joined the business) , you will be responsible to deliver

- an effective strategic purchasing team (4 Category Managers with scope to add) aligned with the business needs / supplier base

- category sourcing plans that are agreed with stakeholders and that deliver secure supply from the very best suppliers, on the very best terms in the short term and long term value from effective supplier relationships in the longer term

- a robust Procurement process that delivers excellent spend visibility and control (with a particular focus on reducing maverick spend)

- regional savings targets on an annual basis with a view to demonstrating sustainable competitive advantage in the cost base versus competitors

This is a broad role in an environment with a very strong focus on the delivery of tangible results.  The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate:

- Excellent cross functional relationship building skills in an environment where strategic purchasing is a new concept and, even though it is launched by the CEO, where there is sure to be some resistance.

- A track record of motivating, developing and getting the best from a team in a very results focussed environment

- Superb supplier relationship management skills with a focus on collaboration, lowest total cost of ownership / lifecycle costs.

- Deep knowledge of all aspects of a category management based approach to strategic sourcing and the surrounding processes (e.g. P2P)

- Excellent market analysis and the application of appropriate sourcing strategies to different markets and the use of game theory to plan category strategies

- A hands on approach with a track record of delivery, autonomy and making things happen.

The Group will continue to grow, so this is a fantastic time to join.  The pace will be rapid, the challenge is large, the opportunity is larger and the opportunities to grow as The Group does are significant.

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Recruiter: Millar Brunswick
Tel: 08450941811
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