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Purchasing Manager

Location: Washington

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 167897

Our international automotive client is looking for a Purchasing Manager to join them on a permanent basis at their site in Washington.

Job Role

  • To effectively manage the European Purchase Team t in ensuring that processes including planning, coordination and control of the sourcing and manufacturing processes are followed.

  • Lead the Purchasing activities for the Business Unit (CBU) in Europe

  • Lead new model sourcing activities, ensuring target costs are achieved

  • Lead negotiations with supplier management teams

  • Develop and lead commodity strategies to support business expansion and achievement of cost reduction targets

  • Think strategically and ‘out of the box,’ whilst being flexible and pragmatic

  • Lead and coordinate a Purchase team of senior buyers and buyers


  • Proven track record of achieving cost reduction targets whilst managing a team, ideally in an automotive or similarly fast paced environment

  • Able to develop short and long term strategic plans as well as analytical strength to turn the business vision into a workable plan and deliver to tight time-scales

  • Takes accountability of their results, and strives for better by setting higher goals and targets

  • An understanding of the nature of supply market structures

  • An effective communicator at all levels in the organisation

  • Developing and maintaining strong business relationships with suppliers and clients

This role is office hours but on occasions may require travel to sites and suppliers.