Procurement Manager

Procurement Manager


Procurement Manager, £40,000 – £45,000, Carlisle


Our client based in Carlisle are a successful engineering and manufacturing firm that use cutting-edge technology for their specialist product. They are seen as experts in their field and their design and manufacturing services are sought after internationally. The company supply to a wide range of sectors across the UK and the world, including but not limited to food, agriculture, chemical, pharmaceutical, mineral, mining, and waste to energy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Projects team and key company employees to help secure contracts and minimise delays to any live running contracts
  • Work with the compliance team in relation to supply chain auditing
  • working with the estimating department on sourcing prices through a tendering process for inclusion in contract estimates.
  • To develop a sourcing strategy that determines the appropriate timings, lengths and type of contact by purchase area or material
  • Responsible for procurement of raw materials and components
  • Checking and updating prices of raw materials and components on an ongoing basis
  • Maintaining accurate documentation both electronically and manually
  • Checking & approval of invoices prior to payment
  • Ensure activities undertaken comply with Supply Chain Directorate policies, procedures, legislative and governmental requirements so that commercial risks are identified and mitigated
  • Ensure value added commercial and financial contract management techniques are used in the management of contracts within their portfolio through to contract close out to ensure that benefits are realised including monetary savings
  • Deliver KPI’s relating to cost, quality, and supply
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities and negotiate accordingly
  • Building effective working relationships across the business
  • To maintain procurement activity records, reports and date which support decision making processes ensuring that these are accurate and produced to agreed timescales.

Any ad hoc duties

Person Specification

Essential Requirements

  • Previous experience of procurement/purchasing in the engineering sector
  • Experience in negotiating contracts of various size and complexity
  • Capacity to evaluate issues analytically and commercially
  • Have the resilience and positive attitude in response to change
  • Strong IT skills
  • Strong communication skills with experience of influencing at a senior level internally and externally
  • Maintain a values-orientated approach to how you operate as a representative of the business
  • Work well under pressure
  • Willing to learn
  • Previous purchasing/buying experience


  • Qualifications in a business-related field relevant to the role
  • Experience of working within the Engineering sector
  • Understanding of engineering or design
  • Import / export experience would be advantageous although not essential
  • Experience with rolling stock solutions would be advantageous