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Purchasing Manager

Location: 

Aylesbury, GB

Job ID:  38804
Category:  Manufacturing & Operations

One of the largest suppliers to the Additive Manufacturing industry Stratasys, Aylesbury manufactures large format 3D printers, the NEO800 and NEO450 stereolithography systems as well as being a distributor for leading 3D printing material suppliers. Our focus is to develop, manufacture, sell and service exceptional printers to meet the upcoming Additive Manufacturing industry requirements of the future. As a team, we believe in delivering reliable and honest support to everyone we work with – our customers, suppliers, and fellow team members. Stratasys are looking to recruit an experienced Purchasing Manager to join the United Kingdom production facility located in Aylesbury.

 

This is an excellent opportunity to join a global ambitious 3D Printing business with strong growth plans.

 

The ideal candidate will play a key pivotal role in scaling up production and management of the supply chain, with focus on implementing a structured sourcing department for procurement of production & R&D components.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Negotiate and execute purchase orders or master supplier agreements as necessary to support the critical business requirements.
  • Lead the function within the scope of the strategic sourcing process to drive cost out of the supply chain by managing commodity and negotiation strategies including Terms and Conditions, supplier selection/de-selection, evaluation and rationalization of supply chain solutions.
  • Develop and implement supply chain strategies covering all commodities, services and supplier processes to deliver maximum value, leverage, and standardisation.
  • Participate in product development commodity strategies in line with corporate initiatives to improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce the total cost of supply chain management.
  • Manage all activities that develop relationships with suppliers.
  • Develop an overall vendor base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage, utilising market exploitation, leveraging spend, and leveraging of technologies.
  • Establish and maintain measurable performance metrics (KPI) for all levels of procurement activities to include but not limited to supplier performance, supplier quality, internal order placement performance, buyer activity levels, financial performance, and material shortage elimination.
  • Report to management the measurable status of progress and corrective actions as it pertains to supplier performance.
  • Provide commodity support to the Development Team as required to meet target costs and establish program cost models.
  • Manage materials savings initiatives in line with the overall business objectives.
  • Ensure performance improvement and recovery plans are developed, issued, tracked and reported on as required for supply base management and improvement.
  • Implement and drive continuous improvement activities through defined best practices to reduce operational costs and meet company financial targets.
  • Implement and maintain the reporting obligations for ISO 9001 and NRTL compliance.
  • Maintain communication with departments to ensure production priorities and shortfalls are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Managing the development of the purchasing team, develop people capability and flexibility through effective employee relations, recruiting, training and development, and communication.

 

What we are looking for:

  • Progressive experience in purchasing & sourcing with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organisation.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a buyer within a manufacturing environment with a solid track record meeting substantial material cost reduction targets.
  • Degree in Purchasing, Production/Operations Management, or Engineering or equivalent business experience.
  • CIPS certification preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft computer skills, MRP experience with either Oracle or SAP.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple group efforts within the company to achieve objectives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, with awareness of deadlines.
  • Ability to identify processes needing improvement, and to recommend improvements.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Willing to travel abroad a few times a year.

We offer a generous Benefits Package including Health and Dental care, income protection and critical illness cover.