Job definitions

  • Job Title: Purchasing Manager
  • Function: Purchasing
  • Reports to: General Manager

Job Purpose:

To manage the provision of a cost effective purchasing service to the business in order that goods and services are provided in a timely manner to an agreed specification at the lowest overall cost.


Turnover< £10m£10-40m£40m+
Spend< £3m£3-15m£15m+
Direct Reports2 - 5

Key Responsibilities:

  • To drive the development and implementation of supply chain management techniques to enhance supplier performance at the lowest overall cost to the business
  • To negotiate and control purchasing contracts to provide cost and logistical benefits
  • To ensure negotiated contracts are implemented to maximum effect
  • To manage a small team to ensure a professional purchasing service is given to all business units
  • To identify cost reduction opportunities and work with business to achieve their implementation
  • To identify and implement improvements to the purchasing administration systems in order to reduce the incidences of fragmented spend and overall transaction cost


Educational and professional:

  • Graduate calibre
  • Membership of a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Business qualification/programme

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience within a management level position
  • Interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Commercial awareness – key margin drivers in business
  • Financial understanding
  • Computer skills – spreadsheets and office applications
  • Presentation skills
  • Presentation/communication skills