Procurement & Supply Chain Manager – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

The main purpose of the role is to manage the entire process in the planning of procurement and supply chain activities, inventory control, logistics and distribution, ensuring effective processes to avoid costly delays and lost opportunities. Ensure effective lines of communication between the Programme/Build Teams and the Procurement Team to ensure priority requirements, timely delivery of goods, works and services. Look to obtain best value and leverage process improvements in the supply chain and identify new vendors/suppliers where appropriate whilst always looking to improve pricing, quality and delivery.

Core responsibilities

  • Creating supply chain strategies that support the long-term strategic direction of the company.

  • Ensure maximum productivity including improvements in stock accuracy and delivery of product.

  • Prepare and negotiate contracts.

  • Procure materials and supplies.

  • Manage supply chain compliance, governance and accreditation.

  • Manage and report on inventory and stock accuracy.

  • Responsible for all aspects of product storage, handling and distribution.

  • Work with the wider business to forecast, enabling optimisation of inventory levels.

  • Leverage process improvements in the supply chain.

  • Work collaboratively with our suppliers and partners to create best benefits on items such as logistics.

  • Management of all key supplier relationships.

  • Develop and agree specific KPIs and SLAs.

  • Control/analyse customer forecasts and allocate demand to sites accordingly.

  • Process and manage purchase orders.

Key result areas

  • Good leadership qualities.

  • Proven end to end supply management experience including category management.

  • Good negotiation skills and strong commercial awareness of contracts, for example NEC3, JCT etc.

  • The ability to build a high performing team with strong company values.

  • The ability to solve problems and make decisions in a pressurised environment, as well as an ability to think laterally and offer solutions.

  • Excellent relationship management skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external teams.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Reporting to

Chief Delivery Officer



Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Economics or related field.

  • Must have at least four to five years’ experience operating in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

  • Managing a procurement team

  • The ability to work within budgets and to deadlines.

  • A comprehensive knowledge of relevant legal regulations/frameworks.

  • Experience in a related industry, e.g. Telecoms, Construction, Infrastructure, Utilities.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to engage with various stakeholders and to obtain buy-in into the delivery of the overall project objectives.

  • Good leadership qualities.

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Good time management

  • Strong performer

  • Thinks outside the box

Our ideal fit

Someone who is a team player, they must be willing to get their sleeves rolled up from time to time in order to take this business from what is a start-up to one that is an industry leader.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere. You will be encouraged to speak out and contribute wherever you feel you have something to offer. We are flexible with working hours so you can enjoy a relatively stress-free commute or work from home to create the best possible work/life balance, that suits you and Freedom Fibre.

We offer an attractive package including bonus, generous pension, private health care and flexible working along with other benefits.

Freedom Fibre is an equal opportunity employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees. We want to create a supportive and inclusive environment where our employees can reach their full potential, without prejudice and discrimination. We are committed to a culture where respect and understanding is fostered, and the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances will be positively valued.

Place of work

The place of work will be offices in Irlam, near Manchester.

Still Interested?


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