Procurement Assistant

Job Title: Procurement Assistant
Job Reference: SC/HQ56514

Location: Wirral
Job Type: Temporary

Salary:
£13.60 - £17.10 per hour
Sector: Purchasing & Procurement

Posted 6 days ago

  • Procurement Assistant
  • £13.60 - £17.10 per hour
  • 6 month contract
  • Initially working from home
  • Based in Wirral when offices re-open
 

Working for a global FMCG company with some of the most recognisable brands we are looking for an experienced Procurement Assistant to join their friendly team on a 6 month contract.

 

Key Accountabilities:

Procurement Activities:
o Take part of the overall sourcing strategy of Customer Packaging in Europe
o Supporting the team to achieve its goals and objectives and monitor target delivery
o Owning and co-ordinating procurement/supply chain projects whereas required
o Price forecasting (of assigned categories & suppliers)
o Invoice management
o Support the Procurement Manager whereas required

Category Ownership:
o Develop strategies that’s aligned to the business direction
o Business partnering: manage internal and external stakeholders (e.g. R&D, logistics, operations, sourcing units)
o Ensure competitive buying through industry benchmark, should-cost analysis, product innovation, market price movement monitoring
o Work with cross-function teams to achieve product spec and manufacturing optimization
o Be the Go-to Person for the assigned categories for procurement and supplier related tasks & questions
Supplier E2E (end-to-end) Management & Ownership:
o Strengthen business partnerships
o Lead business reviews: together with cross function teams, measure and manage overall supplier performance to meet business KPIs
o Commercial & Contract Negotiations
o Innovation projects: OTIF (on time in full) deliveries
o Savings: smart buying, product logic, cash, e-tender, volume rebate, 5s workshop, optimization projects
o Onboard and partner with suppliers on our sustainability agenda
o Account management: onboarding, compliance, contract management (creation, update, signatures, systems administration), service level maintenance/improvement
o Other operations: e.g. incident management, product specification confirmation

Professional Skills:

The ideal candidate will have previous packaging experience

Procurement experience required, minimum 3 years.

Contracting and supplier management experience essential
• Strong analytical and IT skills: advanced Excel, PowerBI, SAP, iCAT, Aravo, DCIW (Invoice systems), SRS, PLM knowledge essential
• Strong stakeholder management skills: build relationships with people across functions, geographies and companies.
• Excellent negotiation skills
• Comfortable in fast paced, fast changing, complex and ambiguous environment
• Must be able to work independently and virtually

Trevor  Lee

Introducing...

Trevor Lee

Managing Director

In 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial and now nearly 15 years later the business has thankfully gone from strength to strength. Having now been in the mad world of recruitment for nearly 25 years, I've seen a massive amount of change in that time (in my early days we used to fax CV's off to a client and if you were looking for work you use to photocopy your CV and even hand-deliver it into the agency, there was no internet in the early days!!) 

The foundation of our success has always been to build the greatest relationships with both our clients and candidates, we are always super honest and try to leave the greatest impression with everyone you connect with. 

My father taught me that life is very much what you put in, put a little in and you get a little out, put a lot in, and of course, you get a lot out. This is a rule I firmly believe in and has served me well over the years. 

What can I tell you about me? Well, I have been married for nearly 25 years (my wife is extremely lucky or completely mad) and we have a beautiful son Toron who is 15 now. I also cannot function properly without a triple shot skinny wet latte first thing in the morning. If you ever catch me before this time then I apologise in advance! I go to the gym every day and I've probably been on a diet since I was born so I am very body and image-conscious. 

I am also a glass half full type so love listening to Tony Robbins motivational podcasts to give me that extra kick. I support West Ham United so I definitely need something positive as I don't get it from the team I support. I also love the good old US of A (California). I think my music taste is great (it's very eclectic) however the team in the office are always moaning about my playlists (it's them that have no taste).

Why recruitment? Well, I love people, I genuinely love to understand how people tick, and after 25 years I know I'm damn good at what we do. In this job, every day is different and I'm humbled and grateful that I have met some amazing people over the 20+ years, plus it's always lovely to change peoples lives for the better so to play a part in their journey of life is something I am truly grateful for. 

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In Quarter 4 we did see the usual reduction of volume of candidate’s applications. We do find this to be the norm prior to Christmas, many candidates often put aside looking for a new role in November until the New Year so this wasn’t a surprise. Although we did see a lull in candidate movement at the back end of the year, a point to note is that not one candidate we spoke to advised that they were staying put until after Brexit.

 

What has been a surprise is that normally we do see higher response of volume on applications and candidates looking for work at this point of the year, following the theme ‘New year, new career’, however applications have been far lighter compared to the start of 2018. This highlights that the war on good, quality talent is becoming even more difficult.

 

On the flip side the volume of new jobs has been very steady, even rising slightly, since Jan 1st. This is based on our client growth as well as the strong relationships we have formed with our current clients – around  91% of our business is referred of repeat. January and February have been a great start to the year with both placement of permanent and contract positions increasing so we are seeing no slow down with new business.

 

Where’s the future at?

 

It goes without saying that Brexit will no doubt shape and define where the market goes. The likelihood is increasing that we will extend the negotiations and not leave as planned on the 29th March. While we are unsure as to how long the delay will be, it could dominate through to the end of 2019 meaning a steady and cautious, if not unpredictable, year.

 

Whatever the outcome is; a deal as planned, a delayed deal or even a no deal then we do foresee the market to the cautious throughout 2019. Obviously the sooner the decision is made then the more likely it will be that we will see stability in our industry and the overall market conditions of the UK bringing confidence back in and normality taking hold.

 

As most of our clients tend to sit within either; Technology, Professional Services, Financial Services we definitely haven’t seen any change with new opportunities, however the market is all around confident and if confidence is high then opportunity will flow.

 

If you are looking for exceptional staff or your next career move then contact us on 01932 230868 or commercial@jenrick.co.uk

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