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Channel Buying Manager

North Shields, UK    
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Specialist Area
Buying, Logistics, Supply chain
Job Level
Co-ordinator / Controller
Production & Operations, FMCG
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Job Title: Channel Buying Manager            

Revision Date: 24 November 2023

Location: North Shields, UK                                      

Department: Operations

Reports to: Global VP, Operations                                

Approved by: Global VP, Operations                   

Position Summary:

Our Channel buying Manager oversees a small, dedicated team responsible for efficiently managing materials procurement, inventory control, logistics, and distribution processes.  This role requires someone who has experience buying metals and specialist materials across EMEA & Asia.

The role holder is also responsible for the management of the Supplier Management framework. This role ensures the seamless functioning of the end-to-end supply chain to prevent delays and capitalize on sales opportunities.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop buying opportunities across the EMEA region and Asia.
  • Develop and implement supply chain management strategies to enhance efficiency and speed throughout the entire supply chain.
  • Source, evaluate, and foster supplier relationships to optimize costs and support new product development.
  • Oversee inventory management, including inventory turnover, obsolescence, accuracy, and value. Lead inventory counts and cycle counting system enhancement efforts.
  • Identify and coordinate international logistics opportunities and manage shipping documentation.
  • Prepare KPI reports and balanced scorecards to address inventory constraints and delivery issues.
  • Analyse market trends and competitive strategies to inform supply chain planning.
  • Supplier Management Framework responsibilities including adherence, reporting and performance management through formal supplier reviews. 
  • Ensure timely delivery from the supply base while achieving cost reductions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and exploit growth opportunities.
  • Lead communication and negotiations with external suppliers, managing agreements, SLAs, and KPIs.
  • Supervise and develop the supply chain team, setting performance objectives and providing development opportunities.
  • Develop cost reduction initiatives and contribute to achieving one-year goals.
  • Work closely with the Operations team to optimize inventory control.
  • Streamline and automate low-level order processes.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement efforts with a proactive problem-solving approach.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel).
  • Experience in ERP systems, including diagnostics, reporting, and data analysis.
  • Leadership experience, including employee supervision, performance management, and conflict resolution.
  • Background in supply chain management within a manufacturing context.
  • In-depth understanding of inventory and cycle counting procedures.
  • Effective communication skills with both management teams and external partners.
  • Lean methodology familiarity, including practical knowledge of Kanban. Strong multitasking abilities and effective prioritization skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and ability to manage major projects.
  • Supply Chain Professional Certification is desirable.

Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year College or university; or
  • Three years of experience in logistics or purchasing at a manufacturing plant and experience as a leader/ manager; or
  • Five years’ experience in supply chain leading a team in a manufacturing business.
  • Supply Chain Professional Certification desirable.

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