Purchasing Manager - Aberdeen

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Ref: 150 Date Posted: Thursday 07 Jun 2018
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Balmoral Group was established in 1980 and is a privately owned company headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland. Employing over 400 people and operating from a modern custom-built complex, the company’s products are used around the world.

Balmoral Offshore Engineering, a division of Balmoral Group, provides surface and subsurface buoyancy, insulation and elastomer products and services to the global energy, defence, subsea communications and oceanographic industries.

We are seeking an experienced Purchasing Manager who will thrive on our dynamic environment - oversee the company supply chain management and procurement. Strong negotiating, networking and commercial skills are a pre-requisite. Awareness of other factors such as sustainability, risk management and ethical issues are required. Overall, the incumbent will be expected to make a tangible contribution to the business regarding quality, cost saving and profit.

The role is a significant part of the supply chain team. Ultimately, the main function of the role is to purchase the best quality equipment, goods and services for the company at the most competitive prices.


  • Monitor and review Purchasing/Materials Management procedures

  • Assess and, where appropriate, set up central framework purchasing agreements

  • Implement performance measurement system for key suppliers

  • Build and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers

  • Ensure suppliers are aware of business objectives

  • Conduct research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules, quality and technical performance

  • Coordinate and when appropriate run supplier performance review meetings for our suppliers

  • Report weekly and monthly against Key Performance indictors

  • Ensure Approved Vendor Listing is updated

  • Assist Customs team leader with compliance in customs and excise procedures

  • Forecast price trends and their impact on future activities.Call meetings with Operations team where you think we need to alter the sales budgets

  • Ensure our supplier base are working in compliance with the modern slavery act

  • Maintain terms and conditions with suppliers

  • Control supplier documentation files

  • Ensure relevant areas in our systems are maintained

  • Produce and analyse relevant reports

  • Liaise with Planning Supervisor on stock levels and lead times from key suppliers

  • Develop and maintain a primary and secondary supplier database for critical materials and components

  • Implement and maintain rebate schemes with all high volume/value suppliers

  • Staff Development appraise team regularly and provide relevant training and mentoring

  • Manage all aspects of the team and be accountable for the team

  • Communicate with team regularly and co-ordinate work load

  • Hold daily meetings with the team to gather potential issues and to decide upon priorities for the day ahead

  • Work with Financial Controller to build a purchasing strategy

  • Assist with deciding upon which suppliers require to be audited and on occasions be part of the audit team

  • You will be required to travel to Suppliers sites both in the UK and outside the UK to undertake supplier meetings


  • Negotiated costs savings, I.e. Rebate and/or Consignment Agreements

  • Budget versus actual on spend

  • Delivery performance of suppliers, on time and in full

  • Supplier Management, control of performance

  • Number of dispositions/Non-conformances against Suppliers

  • Excess and obsolete levels of inventory




(Attach organisation chart if appropriate)

  • Technical Buyers x 3

Supply Chain Engineer


  • Projects and Engineering Teams
  • Customs Team Leader

  • Finance and Proposals

  • Other Group department




  • CIPS qualified and/or Degree qualified




  • Minimum three years purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Awareness of lean manufacturing principles
  • Sound commercial awareness
  • Experience of leading a team




  • Ability to read and interpret blue print drawings
  • Knowledge of all aspects of material management including sourcing, negotiation and supplier management
  • Good negotiation and persuasion skills.  Ability to convince others and influence outcome
  • Be capable of building strong relationships both internally and externally at all levels
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Competent with analytical modelling tools (Microsoft Excel etc.)
  • Process oriented, customer service driven, problem solver
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills  
  • The ability to adapt to different stakeholder needs and maintain successful working relationships
  • An excellent standard of numeracy to analyse facts and figures
  • The ability to make important decisions and cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Ability to lead, manage, develop and build a strong positive team to deliver the budget