Assistant Manager - Procurement

Rochester, Kent | Full Time

Reporting To: Group Finance Director

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Job Purpose:

To ensure efficient and timely procurement of packaging & raw material sku’s for the company (managing an annual buying budget of circa £15 million with 1 other team member). The role has end to end responsibility to ensure availability of raw materials in line with production and sales requirements.

Key Tasks/Responsibilities:

  • Managing the process of supply chain planning to ensure there is a constant availability in the factory of all the necessary raw material and packaging materials for smooth running of operations.

  • New vendor development and maintenance of existing partnerships.

  • Part-take in commercial negotiations alongside the Group Finance Director on an annual basis (i.e., contract negotiations)

  • Ensuring the legal contracts are appropriate and assess risks arising from such third-party contracts, have mitigation plans in place to overcome risks.

  • Ensure stock integrity (help in month end stock takes and reconciliations with wider team)

  • Support NPD team to secure product and listings as and when required

  • Prepare ad hoc reports and presentations required by the business

  • Attend food and packaging exhibitions from time to time

  • Liaise daily with internal departments including NPD, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Technical, Operations

  • Any other reasonable duties, responsibility or requests that may be issued by management from time to time

Person Specification:


  • A minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent), within a business or appropriate related subject., 1st Class degrees are preferred

  • CIPS qualification (or equivalent) is desirable but not essential

  • Recent experience working within a purchasing or supply chain role, desirable

  • Excellent working knowledge of managing data through Excel & ERP system


Good IT skills, proficient in MS Office suite – mainly Excel and Outlook but including Word, PowerPoint and Access databases.

Job Description

  • Purchasing and supply chain processes and the enthusiasm to enhance knowledge


  • Strong commercial acumen and negotiating skills are essential for the candidate to be successful in this role

  • Organisational skills and able to prioritise own workload

  • Positive attitude and adaptable to any environment

  • Comfortable working under pressure

  • The ideal candidate will be innovative and a solution finder

  • Self-motivated, ability to work on own initiative and a good team player

  • Have a genuine passion for purchasing and supply chain with the drive to learn and progress within the role

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