While procurement costs of the raw materials and goods are a vital factor in a company’s profitability, so are the auxiliary costs – things like office space, security and administration. Many businesses now actively set about procuring these services with as much vigour for economy as they do for their ongoing, vital costs, and in larger operations the procurement effort is actually split into two: direct and indirect procurement.
The indirect purchasing manager will either be in charge of these purchases personally or will head up a department of staff who will be tasked with seeking out better deals for their companies’ running costs. In many ways, these costs are just as important as the direct costs, as they all add to the company’s expenditure and their reduction is clearly beneficial. However, it’s also a set of costs that are all too often overlooked; most companies would rather spend more on their office space than go through all the hassle of relocating. Part of the indirect purchasing manager’s job will be communicating benefits clearly to senior management, as fast action could result in massive savings.
The job will also require a good deal of ongoing analysis of costs both within their own company and in the market in general, which will help to identify trends and increase the ability to spot good deals when they arise.
The indirect purchasing manager will be constantly analysing figures to seek out economies, so great analytical skills will be required to make the job work. Much of this part of the job will be carried out using specialist software solutions, so an above average aptitude with a range of popular accounting and procurement solutions will be advantageous. There will also be a good deal of report-writing to keep head office informed of the state of play, so good communication skills and word processing ability will be highly valued.
If the indirect purchasing manager is in charge of a department, people management skills will be required, preferably with a proven track record of managing a team of people. On the other hand, if the manager is himself or herself in charge of the whole operation, they will need to be a motivated self-starter, able to do the job effectively with minimal contact with head office.
Cast UK were founded by specialists in logistics, supply chain and procurement, and our consultants are also drawn from these backgrounds, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for when they come to us. In fact, employers often approach us to find managerial and executive candidates before they are advertised, so if you’re in procurement, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
Whether you’re relocating for personal reasons or are simply looking for more job fulfilment, there could well be an employer who’s looking for the skills you have. At any given time, Cast UK have jobs all over the UK, so wherever you live, or plan to live, we are well placed to find work that suits your skills.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit an Indirect Purchasing Manager for your business or find you a job as an Indirect Purchasing Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
The town of Tamworth is the largest town in Staffordshire, although the largest settlement is the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Due to its south-eastern location, however, the town probably has more of an affiliation with Birmingham; Tamworth is just 12 miles (20 km) from the centre of Birmingham, and 6 miles (10 km) from Sutton Coldfield. The M42 passes to the east, connecting Birmingham with the M1, and to the west the M6 toll road heads north and south.
The town has a rich history, and was once larger than Birmingham; indeed it was even the capital of Mercia under Kind Offa in the 9th century. It was raided and destroyed by the Danes and re-founded by Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great. There was probably a Saxon fort in the town, but it is thought that Tamworth Castle was built on its grounds; the castle still stands to this day. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the town became industrialised, mainly thanks to the abundant coal nearby. Canals and railways came, and engineering, brick and tile making and the textile industries grew up. In latter years, Tamworth was the home of the Reliant factory, famous for its Robin and Scimitar cars; the factory no longer exists, however.
Tamworth, with its links to both Birmingham and Staffordshire, and thanks to its ideal location in the midlands, is a perfect place to find Indirect Purchasing Manager positions, and they become available reasonably frequently here and in its surrounding area. It is certainly worth taking a look or contacting Cast UK directly to talk about your needs.
To find out about the Indirect Purchasing Manager positions available in Tamworth, or anywhere else in the country, get in touch with Cast UK today. We have a wealth of experience in the procurement, logistics and supply chain fields, so our team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy.
In addition, our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average salary that you can expect to earn. We work with clients and applicants from across the country, and are committed to filling each position with the best talent possible.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Tamworth or source a new job in Tamworth then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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