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Acro – Head of purchasing

Crawley, UK

 Acro has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Head of Purchasing to join our fast-growing business. Reporting into the Operations Director and working closely with engineering, accounts, production and external suppliers, the Head of Purchasing will lead the development of partnerships with suppliers, manage the timely delivery and cost effective purchasing of all production and consumable materials, introduce and develop new and existing suppliers into the NPD process.

Key responsibilities:

• Build and maintain real, mutually beneficial partnerships with new and existing suppliers. Coach and develop the purchasing team to achieve the companies and their own aspirations
• Drive the purchasing team to achieve and maintain tight purchasing schedules. Reduce material costs wherever possible within the guidelines of quality standards and inventory levels
• Negotiate contracts for supply of material from existing and new suppliers to also include upholding and improving quality standards of materials received
• Develop processes to guarantee adequate and on-time delivery of materials for production. Development, implementation and continuous improvement of all purchasing and material control systems
• Setting and ensuring achievement on short-term targets and long-term goals for the purchasing and manufacturing operations
• Source new materials, processes and suppliers for new and existing products, as required

To be successful in this position you will have/be:
• Previous purchasing management experience within a progressive manufacturing / engineering environment
• Experience within the aerospace industry would be a distinct advantage although not essential
• Excellent organization and coordination skill with a creative approach to problem solving to ensure a key alignment between purchasing, the supply chain, manufacturing and customer services
• Strong team management, motivation, nurturing and dynamic leadership skills. First class negotiation skill with a target- and results-driven approach
• Excellent relationship building ability with a partnership in supply chain style
• Knowledge of modern manufacturing practices and NPD (New Product Development)
• Fully conversant in the use and management of ERP / MRP systems and inventory control processes

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our innovative and award-winning high growth business and add significant value to the Procurement division and wider Business, apply now for your chance to be considered!

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