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Purchasing Manager

Location: Niche Vehicles Assembly Europe , Coventry, United Kingdom

Posted: January 7th, 2019


Multimatic's Niche Vehicle Assembly Europe (MNVAE), located in Coventry UK, is a world-class facility responsible for the production of future bespoke vehicles, and is currently seeking a Purchasing Manager to join the team to oversee day-to-day purchasing activities and utilize buying power to maintain quality at the most optimized cost.

The responsibilities of the Purchasing Manager will involve purchasing of a variety of electrical and mechanical automotive components and systems for production of bespoke vehicles. The Purchasing Manager will be responsible to maintain supplier relationships, negotiate, source locally/globally, plan and forecast inventory levels. The successful candidate will be required to manage purchase orders, requisitions and work cross-functionally with material management, quality assurance and other business activities to identify cost-saving opportunities.

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate and purchase finished automotive components, materials and systems.
  • Advise other department managers of any potential problems, concerns and opportunities for improvement.
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant engineering and program departments
  • Meet or exceed all objectives/requirements of the business plan. Provide analysis on costs, new and existing, and review cost reduction activities.
  • Prepare and raise purchase orders and order schedules
  • Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and keep up good communications
  • Ensure the financial viability of all the suppliers/vendors selected to maintain continuity of supply throughout the term of the agreement with Multimatic
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships
  • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures during supplier negotiations and contracts award process.
  • Conduct research for new components, materials and suppliers and prepare supplier nominations, taking into consideration the commercial constraints relating to the relevant project.
  • Perform root-cause analysis and make recommendations for changes to eliminate error causes (e.g. BOM, reporting issues, shortage of material etc.)
  • Make recommendations for improving supply chain (e.g. fix lead time and recalculate levels etc.)
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the company and its business.
  • Constantly monitor industry pricing and product cost in order to maintain the best possible overall profitability for the company. Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues.
  • Develop and analyse Key Performance Indicators on a monthly basis to determine where continuous improvements can be achieved.
  • Work in conjunction with SQA to approve qualified suppliers
  • Work in conjunction with material control to ensure proper stocking level requirements.

 Education, Skills & Experience:

  • Completion of an appropriate University Degree or higher qualification. A professional designation in either Materials or Purchasing is preferred.
  • Extensive experience in purchasing in a manufacturing environment in automotive or an industry similar to automotive, including a basic knowledge of complete vehicle systems.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Purchasing and MRP systems.
  • Excellent problem solving techniques and methods.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees both within the organization and with, customers, suppliers, sub-contractors, engineers, etc.
  • Strategic and analytical mindset towards purchasing.
  • Strong knowledge of SAP and Microsoft Office

Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will be responsible for recruiting two Purchase Buyers with direct reporting responsibility. Leading this team by example will include excellent communication skills, planning, work assignment, and reviewing work amongst the procurement team. Clarity and focus to deliver a challenging project on time and cost are essential.


Preference will be given to internal Multimatic candidates.

Multimatic is an equal opportunity employer.

If you are interested in this position, apply by sending us your cover letter and resume.
We thank all interested candidates in advance; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
As part of our commitment to ensuring our employment practices are fair, accessible, and inclusive of persons with disabilities, recruitment-related accommodations for disabilities, are available upon request throughout the recruitment and assessment process for applicants with disabilities.
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