Procurement is a key concern in every sector - from manufacturing, construction, retail, education and medical, through to government and defence.
This is especially true in a difficult economy, where savings need to be made across the board and the sourcing of products and services must be done with the greatest care to ensure the best outcome.
The role of a procurement director varies from company to company, but the job will generally comprise of responsibilities from managing projects and reporting to stakeholders, through to effectively leading a team and ensuring all procurement activities represent the best value for money.
Other tasks may include designing, updating or re-developing the company's supply chain procedures and taking steps to ensure that all processes run as smoothly as possible.
In all cases, procurement directors will need to demonstrate continual improvements in established routines and instigate regular updates in response to changes in legislation or sector developments.
Those applying for procurement director jobs should have an extensive understanding of the entire supply chain process - from tendering and proposals through to assessing suppliers and completing projects.
They should also be well versed in best practice techniques, any applicable legal issues and the latest technologies used in the procurement process.
Since the role will generally involve overseeing a team, applicants will need to possess good planning and leadership skills, as well as an ability to communicate effectively and coach employees. In addition, excellent negotiation, planning, presentation and organisation skills are a must.
Whether you're seeking an opportunity as a procurement director in a stand-alone organisation, or in a shared services environment, Cast UK can help applicants find vacancies that match your skills and experience.
As a leading UK recruitment agency, our team of consultants have a strong understanding of these fields, enabling us to match applicants to the most appropriate roles - saving both time and excess costs for everyone involved.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Procurement Director for your business or find you a job as a Procurement Director then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
A city located in Lancashire, Preston is an area that has been settled since Roman times. In 1179, it was granted a Guild Merchant charter, making it a market town, and by the 13th century the city was known for its textile production.
During the Industrial Revolution, the city underwent rapid growth, particularly as innovations in textile manufacture helped to increase production.
In the early 20th century, the cotton industry fell into steep decline and this was slowly replaced by the manufacture of electrical goods, heavy industry and engineering.
These days, those seeking Procurement Director roles in Preston will have a number of options to consider. James Hall and Co is a haulage supplier based in the city - they are the distributors for SPAR stores in the north of England and ship a wide range of goods to more than 450 shops in the region.
Meanwhile, other companies with facilities in the area include Matalan and Alstom Transport. A large call centre for the Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk is also based in Preston.
In addition, the military aircraft HQ of BAE Systems and other divisions of the firm are based on the outskirts of the city and in neighbouring communities like Warton.
For anyone wishing to take their career to the next level, look no further than Cast UK. Our team of recruitment consultants have extensive knowledge of the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors and we will work with you to assist you in finding the Procurement Director role of your dreams.
What's more, we have a team of regional specialists who and are able to provide information about the different employers and the income you can expect in a particular area, as well as other advice about the region.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Preston or source a new job in Preston then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
As a candidate, our consultants work to ensure your next role adheres to all of your requirements, taking the time to discuss your career aspirations, long-term goals, suitable opportunities, and compatible businesses.