Purchasing Manager

vacancy - purchasing manager
  • •  Exceptional opportunity
  • •  Up to £40,000 per year (depending on experience)
  • •  Company profit share
  • •  Experience in ERP systems essential

Are you looking for an exciting role as Purchasing Manager in an expanding and ambitious company? 

As Purchasing Manager, you will join a purpose-driven company and an employer of choice, where we continuously strive to build on our World-Class technical textiles business within a sustainable manufacturing environment.

Heathcoat Fabrics are proud winners of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation and as part of the team, you will contribute to some of the most innovative technical fabric-making projects in the world. We are committed to ensuring our people have the skills and confidence to excel in their field, therefore we provide ongoing development opportunities for individuals to progress at all levels.

The Department and The Role

In this key position, you will be supporting the Procurement Manager and Purchasing Team to carry out the purchasing activities for our World Class company. This will include dealing with raw materials, such as yarn, and non-raw material goods. The successful candidate will manage the supplier approval process and will handle the supplier development and evaluation of alternative products and sources whilst supporting the Sales Divisions with cost information as required.

  • To effectively manage existing accounts, successfully reduce/control unit costs and expand supplier diversity where applicable
  • Accountable for actively sourcing, evaluating, and approving new sources
  • Maintain frequent contact with suppliers, organise supplier visits and submit visit reports to the Procurement Manager and colleagues for review
  • Responsible for ensuring that internal stakeholders are continually informed regarding new price information
  • Produce regular reports for cost changes and forecasts for main / regularly purchased articles
  • Develop and optimise systems to improve efficiency and added value of purchasing activity.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • CIPS Level 3 or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience in purchasing or face-to-face negotiation, good numeracy and literacy, and computer literacy
  • Experience in ERP systems, data analysis and cost analysis
  • Proven ability to liaise across the business with suppliers, manufacturing and customers
  • A flexible and logical approach
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Supervisory or people management experience
  • A desire for self-development and taking a pivotal role in the business
  • Understanding of Supplier KPIs



What you can expect from us

  • Engaging work culture
  • Environmentally conscious company
  • Company profit share scheme
  • Company contribution pension plan
  • Personal learning and development
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement
  • Canteen
  • On-site car and cycle parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Health & dental plans
  • Company sick pay and life assurance
  • Tech and Cycle Schemes
  • Discounts with participating local shops and businesses
  • Contribute to high-profile textile projects
  • Privately owned, debt-free company

For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Human Resources Team
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited,
Westexe, Tiverton EX16 5LL UK