Procurement Manager

  • Location
    Alnwick, Northumberland
  • Category
    Procurement & Supply Chain - Procurement & Supply Chain
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Procurement and Supply Chain
  • External Reference

Adecco Cramlington are delighted to support their client in a search for a Procurement Manager

The job holder will be responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of raw materials to support the manufacturing plan, using approved suppliers to agreed specifications in a cGMP environment

To provide an effective and efficient purchasing and procurement service for the Dudley site for all goods and services including capital projects


  • Comply with all HSE requirements including safety policies and procedures

  • Conduct HSE audits as required and ensure CARE forms are raised


  • Support all internal customers through rapid response to enquiries regarding pricing/availability

  • Identify new sources of supply and approve via company compliance procedures

  • Source and negotiate optimum prices from approved suppliers within agreed budget and specification standards and to control inventory levels

  • Negotiate with regard to terms and conditions of purchase including price and payment terms

  • Order and expedite supply to support manufacturing and sales plan

  • Provide supply agreements and contracts in conjunction with various departments

  • Provide an efficient order placement service for all internal customers

  • Carry out assigned SAP transactions in an accurate and timely manner

  • Monitor and analyse market trends in supply/prices

  • Monitor and develop the performance of suppliers

  • Set standard prices in conjunction with Finance

Inventory Management

  • Ensure inventory levels of stock items are maintained at the minimum level without jeopardising manufacture

  • Constantly seek to reduce unit price and extend payment terms to minimise the financial impact on the company


  • Key performance indicator is demonstrating savings

Contacts & Relationships:

  • External contact with a wide range of suppliers and providers in relation to commercial and technical/quality issues

  • Pro-active communication with internal stakeholders to discuss sourcing, purchasing, approval and delivery

Other Important Factors:

  • The job holder will be expected to develop a worldwide network of reputable suppliers and be prepared to travel as required to maintain this.

  • Will be expected to attend industry events to maintain current knowledge of supply base

  • Will assist the Quality function in setting up the Supplier audit programme each year and conduct Supplier audits as required.

  • Job holder must be able to identify cost reduction opportunities across all areas of the business and convert into validated savings

  • Achievement of departmental KPI in terms of on-time delivery and efficient order conversion

Supervision Received:

  • Subject to general guidance and direction from the Head of Procurement. The nature of the position requires the job holder to work independently responding to internal and external customer demands and KPI achievement


  • Graduate or equivalent

  • Good knowledge of the global Chemical Industry as a supply base

  • Experience of procurement and supply chain management systems ideally gained in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry

  • Knowledge of cGMP auditing techniques

  • Good knowledge of modern purchasing techniques

  • Strong IT skills are required including a detailed understanding of SAP

  • Experience of working in a cGMP environment

  • Minimum 5 years purchasing experience in a chemical, engineering or pharmaceutical environment, with technical background

Key Competencies:

  • Good negotiation skills

  • Good communication & interpersonal skills

  • Organisational skills

  • Eager to pursue learning and self development

  • Ability to interact with all Customers as well as Suppliers

  • Financial awareness especially with respect to inventory value and Cash flow

Adecco acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Please apply with your CV to: Summer Walker