Running a procurement operation for a large company is not a simple task, and it is certainly not something that can be left to uncoordinated individuals to perform. No matter how talented and hard-working they are, there will inevitably be gaps and overlaps in their purchasing efforts, and this will all add up to inefficiencies in the system.
The purchasing coordinator will work alongside the purchasing manager and head office to make sure plans are implemented in a methodical and efficient manner, thus maximising the effect of the procurement department. He or she will be involved with planning when to approach companies with procurement propositions and when to embark on negotiations of rates with potential and existing suppliers.
With all the procurement figures at his or her disposal, the purchasing coordinator will have some responsibility for analysing performance and identifying areas where savings can be made, although in many cases the calculations will be carried out by specialist analysts and/or software. Once the statistics have been absorbed and interpreted, it will be up to the purchasing coordinator to steer the procurement department in the correct direction to improve performance and help boost company profits.
The purchasing coordinator is a role of many strands, with a host of skills coming into play. There are the people management skills – relaying the plans made with the management to the team so that everyone knows their role perfectly. There are also very important analysis responsibilities in this role, too. Although the actual analysis might not be performed by the coordinator in person, it is vital that they fully understand the results, conclusions and recommendations when they are planning their coordination actions.
Ideally, the purchasing coordinator will have a background in procurement at some level, but managerial experience with some executive responsibilities would be valued as experience.
Cast UK was founded by logistics, procurement and supply chain specialists, and our consultants are all from these backgrounds too, so we have in-depth knowledge of what employers and candidates are looking for. Employers come to us to find candidates because they’re confident that we’ll help them find the most appropriate managers and executives.
Cast UK have jobs all over the UK, so we are well placed to find you work in logistics, procurement or supply chain wherever you are located or plan to locate. If you’re moving house, please see if there are any positions available in the area you’re moving to; and if you’re simply looking for more fulfilment in your working life, there could be an employer looking for the skills you have.
When we have your details, we’ll be able to start matching you with positions as soon as they arise, so do get in touch if you’re looking for a job in procurement.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Purchasing Coordinator for your business or find you a job as a Purchasing Coordinator then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
One of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK, Greater Manchester is situated in the north-west and includes not only the city of Manchester, but also other settlements like Bolton, Stockport, Wigan and Salford. It is a thriving area and an ideal option for anyone seeking Purchasing Coordinator vacancies.
From as far back as the Middle Ages, the region was known for its cloth and wool trade. The Industrial Revolution brought with it a massive boost to the economy and population, as mechanised mills, cotton spinning and textile factories sprouted up across the area.
The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894 and provided a way for ships to come all the way into the city, simplifying trade and giving rise to a thriving port area.
Today, the Greater Manchester area is home to a vast range of companies. Manufacturing is still an important part of the local economy, while financial services, real estate and media have also become big business.
Just some of the well-known organisations with head offices or other large facilities in Greater Manchester include the BBC, the Co-operative Group, BUPA, Barclaycard, Kellogg's, the Guardian Media Group, ITV, McVitie's, Adidas, AstraZeneca, Patak's, Warburton's and PG Tips.
As one of the UK's leading recruitment consultancies for the supply chain, procurement and logistics sectors, Cast UK is the ideal choice for anyone looking for Purchasing Coordinator opportunities in Manchester.
Our team is dedicated to finding the right candidate for every role and we work closely with clients and applicants to ensure that we match the best talent to every position.
We can provide you with the advice and assistance you need for a successful job hunt and our regional experts can also provide information about the various employers in a region, as well as expected salaries and even the possible places to live if you're relocating.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Greater Manchester or source a new job in Greater Manchester then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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