Head of Buying - Crewe

Head of Buying jobs

As a departmental lead, Head of Buying is a role involving supporting, designing and implementing market-leading strategies.

With strong commercial acumen, this person will manage relationships with suppliers and oversee revenue and cost budgeting. Effective negotiation will ensure ROI and Head of Buyers will constantly be reviewing new sourcing opportunities as well as being involved in new product development. As a profit centre in its own right, the buying department is central to an organisation’s commercial gain.

A Head of Buying will have a multi-disciplinary role, looking after short, mid and long-term projects, chairing monthly divisional operational meetings and advising the business on key developments. The individual will typically work with other areas of the business to ensure individual brand objectives, as well as group objectives, are met.

The skills required

As an experienced manager, you will require at least 5 years’ proven track record of overseeing a team. Strong negotiation skills are mandatory, with experience of strategic purchasing.

An ability to lead, influence and coach others is vital for this role as well as the capability to work in a fast-moving, demanding environment that requires strong organisational skills. Highly numerate, IT literate and analytical, you will be someone who remains calm under pressure and be an adept communicator.

Flexibility is key as well as being self-driven, honest and capable of driving team member development. It’s important you are confident to challenge accepted ways of buying, and continually strive to innovate.

You will be an experienced project manager with excellent presentation skills and able to effectively report to all parts of the business, including company directors.

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Head of Buying Jobs in Crewe

There is no doubt about what Crewe is most famous for – it is the railways. Crewe is more than just a place that happened to have a railway junction nearby – it was virtually non-existent as a settlement until the railways came. Indeed, the town itself is named after the railway station it grew up around. Look at Crewe on a map and you’ll see six major lines emerging from it, heading to Shrewsbury/South Wales, Birmingham/London, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester/North Wales.

Such a key point in the railway network made it the natural choice to locate railway works, and so it came to be. The town grew up quickly around the works, and as it grew in importance other related industries set up there. Crewe’s most famous single business was Rolls Royce, who located their car manufacturing plant there. Since 2002, however, production at the site is entirely of Bentley cars. Although there are still railway locomotive maintenance plants in the town, they are a shadow of their former selves.

Crewe now has a population of around 70,000 and has diversified greatly from its railway heyday. It is still considered a reasonably good place to set up a logistics operation, mainly due to its rail and road links (the M6 passes just to its east), so Head of Buying jobs in Crewe are not uncommon. Companies with a presence in the town include Bombardier, Bentley, BAE Systems, Air Products, Fujitsu and Barclay’s Bank.

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