Head of Buying - Wiltshire

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 Wiltshire

Known for its sweeping Salisbury Plain and ancient stone circles like Stonehenge and Avebury, Wiltshire is a county in the south-west of England that shares borders with a number of counties like Somerset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset.

For anyone seeking Head of Buying roles in Wiltshire, a number of options can be found in the region - in settlements such as Swindon, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Wilton.

Much of Wiltshire is situated around the M4 corridor, and this has given a significant boost to its economy, as businesses are attracted to the region's ease of access and lovely rural surroundings.

Manufacturing is an important part of the local economy, and products that are made here range from electrical goods to food and beverages, furniture, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Just some of the companies that have set up regional or international offices in Wiltshire include WHSmith, Early Learning Centre, Dyson, Honda, Reckitt Benckiser, Intel and Motorola.

The National Trust's head office is also registered in Wiltshire and Oxford University's book depository for the Bodleian Library is also here - which contains over 150 miles of bookshelves. What's more, a number of military and defence establishments are also located in the region.

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