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Purchasing Lead

Job Title: Purchasing Lead
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
REF: ABJ17507
Contact Name: Ashley Ball
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 5 years ago

Job Description

My client is a global engineering and technology organisation based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Due to a major influx of new business with a major global automotive manufacturer, they seek an individual to be the Purchasing Lead for the UK operation.

Reporting to the UK Material Cost Manager, the Purchasing Lead will act as the main commercial interface between the engineering and supply chain teams and be responsible for cost analytics, engineering changes, pricing, framing contracts and supplier strategies. In addition, you will liaise with manufacturing, product development and various other business units.


  • Acting as the interface between the various business units and the supply chain management for all direct material related issues
  • Identification & achievement of material cost reductions and material and freight performance required to meet profitability, the achievement of the cost model and the targeted market growth
  • Participate engineering activities to obtain requirements in earliest stages and provides opportunities for new products
  • Implementation of category supplier strategies and selection of best cost components in the Bill of Design process at the earliest possible stage
  • Coordinate necessary purchasing process and activities
  • Support on material cost improvement activities to achieve material performance
  • Coordination of purchasing process for new parts/products with engineering and quality
  • Provide purchased parts/products cost estimation and/or price information
  • Work with various teams to help to win new business by supporting additional cost savings as requested
  • Participate in project team meetings at the earliest stage
  • Purchasing responsibility during the project development in conjunction with category strategy

What we are looking for:

  • A very strong graduate with an Engineering degree and/or degree in economics
  • Good cost understanding and capability for cost analytics
  • Experience in Purchasing/Engineering/Supplier Quality departments in the automotive industry or similar
  • An understanding/experience of/with industrial mass production processes
  • Knowledge on procurement processes and tools/methodologies
  • Desirable IT skills: MS Office and SAP
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills
  • Strong team player

What's on offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent benefits package
  • Huge progression and development opportunities

Interested? Register your interest by applying today or call Ashley 01926 290 290 to discuss this opportunity further. You can also visit the Addington Ball website or follow us on twitter @AddingtonBall to see all our current vacancies, news and updates.

Addington Ball is a specialist accounting and finance recruitment consultancy covering the Midlands and Northern Home counties. We are a member of The Employment Agency Movement (TEAM) and are acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Job ref - ABJ/17507