For any given raw material or component that is supplied to a company for their manufacturing process, there could well be dozens of potential suppliers. Their variations will be in more than price, however. For example, some will have better delivery terms; others might be able deliver small batches with no surcharge or large batches at short notice; others again might be able to perform a task that the manufacturer would normally do, relieving their workload. So choosing the supplier will be a balancing act between many factors.
The sourcing manager will be in charge of reviewing the offers of the potential suppliers and deciding which one, or which ones, offer the best deal when all factors are considered. They might then be involved with drawing up a supply contract in order to make sure both parties are certain as to what agreements have been reached.
As most manufactured goods will have several suppliers, the sourcing manager will need to balance them in order to work out the best deal. One supplier might be able to provide two materials and reduce transportation costs even though the material costs are higher, and there could be dozens of possible permutations over a complex process. Ultimately, the sourcing manager will be judged on his or her ability to drive down costs, and this will be done through diligent searching, best possible publicity of open tenders and excellent negotiating skills.
With the benefits of one supplier over another not necessarily being down to simply costs, the sourcing manager will need a thorough and analytical mindset to be able to cope with the complexity of the procurement balancing act. He or she should also be able to identify potential hidden costs and ensure that they are dealt with at the negotiation and contracting stage.
Experience of procurement will be a distinct advantage, particularly procurement within the same sector as that in which the position has become available. Sourcing can be of anything from sand to silicon chips, so it is unlikely that expertise in one would be much use in the other.
The sourcing manager could well be in charge of a department, possibly split into categories or geographical regions, so she or he will need excellent people management and communication skills if the corporate aims are to be met.
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 Sourcing Manager for your business or find you a job as a Sourcing Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
A county in the West Midlands, Staffordshire shares borders with a number of other counties, including Cheshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Shropshire.
If you're searching for Sourcing Manager opportunities, the region has a range of options that you might want to consider - these can be found in places like Burton upon Trent, Cannock and Newcastle-under-Lyme, as well as the county town Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, which is also the largest city in the area.
Since the 17th century, the region has been known for its pottery production, and this became a major part of the economy during the Industrial Revolution. In the 19th century, a number of ceramics companies were founded that are still in existence today. These include Wedgwood, Spode, Burleigh, Aynsley and Dudson.
Historically, other major industries were hat making, textiles, brewing, mining, brick making, ironwork and engineering.
These days, the region is home to a number of breweries, including Coors, Carling and Marstons. Meanwhile, other companies based in Staffordshire, or with large facilities, include The Britannia Building Society and JCB, as well as Unilever, which makes Marmite and Bovril. There's also a Pirelli factory that manufactures tyres.
What's more, the Alton Towers theme park draws in visitors from around the country, as well as tourists from further afield.
To find out more about the Sourcing Manager positions available in Staffordshire, contact the team at Cast UK today.
As recruitment experts for the supply chain, logistics and procurement sectors, we are committed to helping clients and candidates fill vacancies in locations across the country, and we work hard to find the best talent for every role.
In addition, our regional specialists can help you better understand the local job market, providing you information about potential employers, the types of opportunities that are available and the level of salary you can expect to receive.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Staffordshire or source a new job in Staffordshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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