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Vice President of Indirect Procurement
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Luxembourg
  • Salary: 12% bonus
  • Description Global VP Indirect Procurement - growing manufacturing company A growing manufacturing company is looking for VP of Indirect Procurement to join their expanding team
Purchasing Manager - Metals
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: München (80335), Bayern
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description We are working with one of the fastest growing tier 1 suppliers to the aviation industry to recruit for a Procurement Manager as part of a procurement transformation project
Global Indirect Procurement Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Salary: Comprehensive Benefits
  • Description Global Indirect Procurement Manager - Pharmaceuticals Our client, a premier pharmaceuticals organization, is looking for a Global Indirect Procurement Manager - Research & Development to support
Site Procurement Lead
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Södertälje
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Responsibilities Manages team of 5 and analyse performanceManages direct materials categories including some Indirect Procurement servicesResponsible for developing Site procurement objectives
Manager R&D Procurement
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Belgium
  • Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum + Car allowence + bouns
  • Description Describe the job: Global Manager R&D Procurement We are working exclusively with a global Pharma company is going through a European procurement transformation
Logistics procurement manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Belgium
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Description A leading and multinational organisation are looking for a European Procurement manager for logistics to work in their distribution headquarters in Brussels
Procurement Manager, Resins/Plastics
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description A Global Leader in Healthcare & Med Devices is looking to bring on an world-class Procurement Manager to the Global Procurement Team. If you're a passionate professional seeking opportunity
Procurement Specialist - Marketing Services
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Zürich
  • Salary: Swiss Franc100000 - Swiss Franc120000 per annum + 10%
  • Description Procurement Specialist - Marketing Services Salary: CHF 100,000 - 120,000 CHF + 10% Bonus My client is a growing, international-focused, Swiss company located in Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Procurement Specialist - Professional Services
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Zürich
  • Salary: Swiss Franc100000 - Swiss Franc120000 per annum + 10%
  • Description Senior Procurement Specialist - Professional Services Salary: CHF 100,000 - 120,000 CHF + 10% Bonus My client is a growing, international-focused, Swiss company located in Zurich, Switzerland

Salary, Job Description and Skill Requirements 

A procurement professional, also known as purchasing officer or manager, plays a crucial role in any organization, ensuring that the company or organization makes appropriate purchases of services or goods to use or resell.
Procurement specialists are responsible for buying the highest quality goods, equipment, services and/or products at the most competitive price. As individual organizations operate within different sectors and ultimately operate different procurement policies, so procurement managers need to be able to work within a wide range of areas, often overseeing procurement and supply chain management on a national and even global scale. Procurement specialists help an organization or business increase their profits by saving money through effective negotiation and networking. 

Employment Outlook and Salary 
The average salary for a procurement manager in the US is $81,294 per annum. In the UK, procurement managers earn an average salary of £37,921 per year. Salary can vary significantly based upon skills, performance, industry knowledge and experience however. Demand for procurement specialists has increased in recent years with job opportunities for experienced professionals growing steadily. Career opportunities typically depend on the size and type of company, with larger organizations also offering the opportunity to manage a team of specialists as well as working at various locations. Supply chain management is becoming increasingly global as digital technology continues to disrupt traditional industries. 

Job Description
Procurement and purchasing specialists are increasingly recognized as an important part of any organization or business. Typical employers include construction and engineering industries, the armed forces, local authorities, service and manufacturing companies, communication and IT companies, public service industries, wholesalers, and retailing companies.

Procurement managers typically specialize in finding goods and services for organizations at the lowest price possible, in order to increase profitability. This might include inventory, office supplies, marketing services or various large scale purchases such as real estate. They are often required to assess the competency and performance of suppliers and develop long term relationships, as well as analyze, prepare and terminate contracts as and when necessary. Procurement specialists also work closely with both finance and account departments, all areas of upper management and outside vendors.

A Procurement Specialist is required to:

  • Forecast various levels of demand for products and services
  • Conduct intensive research to determine the most efficient suppliers and best products, in terms of quality, delivery schedules and value
  • Ensure stock levels are managed and maintained
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing and new suppliers
  • Liaise between manufacturers, suppliers, customers and relevant internal departments
  • Process invoices and payments
  • Negotiate contract terms and assess the quality of service provided
  • Forecast and measure price trends and any impact on future business activities
  • Give regular presentations on the market including current trends and areas for possible growth
  • Develop a strong procurement strategy
  • Make recommendations on evaluating bids, based on technical and commercial factors 
  • Ensure suppliers are aware of business needs and objectives
  • Attend trade conferences and meetings


Key Skills & Qualifications

While some industries prefer applicants who have relevant experience and degree qualifications, the role is relatively open to all graduate applicants. The following degrees are viewed as preferable and can offer an advantage to candidates interested in this field of work: Business Studies, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Engineering and Purchasing & Supply.

Procurement Specialists will need to have the following skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Strong analytical  and numerical skills
  • Ability  to develop and maintain good working relationships 
  • A good flair for networking, dealing and negotiation
  • Confidence, diplomacy and maturity
  • Ability to work well under pressure, making important decisions on tight deadlines with demanding targets