Procurement Manager

Procurement Manager

  • Procurement; Commodity; Buying; Supply Chain; Material Management

  • Engineering; Manufacturing; Technology; Technical Environment

  • Chelmsford, Essex

  • Salary dependent on experience

We are a global leader in specialised components and subsystems for innovative solutions in medical, science, aerospace, defence and industrial applications.

Working with us will enable you to develop and gain experience in the ideas that are behind some of the most advanced technologies in the world. You will also get a chance to work alongside highly experienced engineers, technicians and scientists.

Our products do many things including saving people's lives by finding and treating cancer, helping map our planet and the universe and freezing the atom down to 0° Kelvin.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team who manage a global supply base responsible for delivering materials into a complex manufacturing system. You will operate in a challenging environment, specifically managing the procurement requirements of several development projects that will require high mix, low volume materials and components with detailed

Position Summary and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with and be a designated point of contact to internal product and project teams to identify procurement requirements and project/product scope.

  • Identify potential new suppliers and asses their suitability for the long term requirements of the product, project and business.

  • Write and issue detailed Request for Information / Request for Proposal documents to enable a full and robust supplier selection process.

  • Review and benchmark supplier responses to RFI's / RFP's to enable strong supplier recommendations that take into account commercial, technical and quality requirements.

  • Ensuring relevant costing strategies are implemented to achieve best possible pricing.

  • Establish contracts and framework agreements to ensure security of supply and delivery of improvements against KPIs.

  • Implement and progress effective supplier development plans, yielding tangible improvements.

  • Co-ordinate activities between engineering and suppliers to improve the manufacturability of materials, components and assemblies based on operational priorities.

  • Manage supplier performance, drawing on your experience and performance data to yield consistent improvements.

  • Potential line management responsibilities for a person with the right skills.

  • Control of the sourcing strategy for a selected group of commodities. You will be given full autonomy to make changes to the supply base and drive improvements as desired.


  • Significant procurement experience in a highly technical /engineering environment.

  • Significant experience working in a direct manufacturing environment (preferably low volume / high mix).

  • Knowledge of supply chain, material management, demand forecasting and engineering change management principles.

  • The ability to work with excel to compile and evaluate data will be an important aspect of your role.

  • Be able to manage change in the right way.

It would be advantageous in this role if you hold:

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant subject would be advantageous.

  • Strong working knowledge of SAP would be highly advantageous.