Head of Procurement - UK and Europe

Posted 20/06/2024 by Acorn by Synergie

Newton Abbot, Devon
£58,000 - £500,000/annum

Head of Procurement (UK & EU)

Salary: £58,000-£70,000 plus bonus and exceptional benefits package

Direct reports: 6

Working hours: 40 hours per week Monday to Friday

An exceptionally rare opportunity to work for a forward thinking organisation who truly cares about its staff.

The purpose of this role is to develop and implement procurement and warehouse strategies aligned with business objectives across the UK and EU

The Head of Procurement will have Warehouse management responsibility, overseeing all procurement and warehouse activity as well as the implementation, maintenance, and optimisation of the ERP system to ensure operation within the teams is supported effectively

Key responsibilities & tasks

* Oversee purchasing, inventory management, storage, and distribution of goods.

* Act as a point of contact between the company and suppliers.

* Develop and manage budgets for procurement and warehouse.

* Monitor and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) and financial metrics.

* Identify potential suppliers based on project requirements.

* Negotiate contracts, terms and deadlines with vendors and suppliers.

* Manage an efficient flow of goods to ensure optimum production.

* Ensure the supply chain is resilient, cost-effective, and capable of meeting the company's needs.

* Day to day leadership of the procurement and warehouse team

* Lead by example whilst broadening internal capabilities.

* Take responsibility for the ethical supply chain provenance of all suppliers - direct and indirect.

* Develop processes, systems, and procedures for managing and optimising the purchase and storage of goods.

* Manage and update inventory lists and track stock to prevent stock-outs.

* Implement best practices for warehouse efficiencies, safety, security compliance.

* Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards.

* Strong leadership and development of Procurement team

* Monitor market trends and identify opportunities for cost saving and continuous improvement

* Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential in line with the Company core values.

* Maintain the Mitrefinch software to include absences, sickness etc.

* Collaborate with other departments, including finance, sales, and production, to align procurement and warehouse activities with overall business goals.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Degree in supply chain management, business administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in procurement and warehouse management, with good experience in a leadership role.
  • Proven experience managing ERP systems (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics).


  • Accreditation Professional certification (e.g., CIPS, APICS, MCIPS)

Key Skills

  • Extensive experience working in procurement, ideally in a manufacturing environment.
  • Working knowledge of the industry and market conditions
  • Strong understanding of procurement and negotiation techniques
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Commercial understanding, aware of the business and customer needs and to understand the cost-related impact of own actions and decisions.
  • Confidence in making the right decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confidence in giving and receiving feedback.
  • Strong management skills and demonstrable experience in leading a team.
  • Analytical approach to interpreting and communicating Data.
  • Highly developed written, verbal, and digital communication skills o Accurate and organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Have a strong customer service and quality ethos.
  • Ability to understand issues and resolve them quickly in line with priorities.
  • Ability to engage with colleagues, collaborating at all levels both internally and externally.


* Shows respect and concern for others.


  • 33 days holiday
  • Health care scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Bonus
  • Health cash plan
  • Private medical
  • On-site parking
  • Rewards for employees and much more

Acorn by Synergie acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment.

Start Date:
July 2024
Contract Length:
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