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.
Head of Buying Jobs in Eastbourne
Many of us will have preconceived ideas about the nature of the Eastbourne identity, and unusually, most of us will probably be about right! It’s a south coast seaside town geared up for tourism, and the demographic is tipped towards the upper end of the age range. We might be surprised by the size of it, however. Its population is around the 100,000 mark, making it a rather large town, and if the demographic spread remains the same, this figure will probably grow as we are now living longer.
As well as families, groups, couples and individuals taking a break in Eastbourne, its Victorian splendour is seen as a bracing backdrop for conferences and AGMs, and it’s a sector the town is pushing quite strongly.
From a logistics, procurement and supply chain point of view, these facts are quite interesting, as it’s not just industry that has a need for moving large amounts of things around. Tourism is a huge consumer of perishable and non-perishable goods, and it all needs storing and distributing with its specific requirements being observed. For this reason, Head of Buying vacancies crop up from time to time in Eastbourne, so it’s always worth getting in touch if you’re looking for this kind of work here.
Search for Head of Buying opportunities with Cast UK
As market leading recruitment specialists for professional level buying roles across the sectors, Cast UK is committed to building long-term relationships with our clients, enabling us to understand their business models and the roles they are recruiting.
We get to know the personalities and objectives of each candidate; understanding what motivates them, and the appropriate cultural fit for them. This attention to detail means that we are able to make excellent matches between applicants and employers, making placements that are lasting and mutually rewarding.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Head of Buying role for your business or find you a job as Head of Buying, contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825Contact us