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Head of Procurement

North East England

  • Reference: 386763
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £Competitive + Package

  • Location: Gateshead

Our client

As one of the greatest successes in the building materials industry, having previously been known as Armstrong and now Zentia, our business is a true pioneer of ceiling and suspension systems with more than 150 years’ expertise in delivering acoustic ceiling solutions for building interiors. Our aim is to deliver complete ceiling solutions with unsurpassed levels of value, quality and reliability, redefining expectations and reinventing environments, to make every one of our customers’ projects a success.

As a recently carved out business, we now comprise two production plants in Team Valley, UK, one for mineral fibre tiles and one for grid, as well as sales teams in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the Baltic States. This business is well positioned in these markets and highly profitable and will also benefit from significant investment in the coming 3-5 years in order to expand the production capability of both manufacturing sites.

The opportunity

Reporting into the Managing Director, the Head of Procurement will provide effective leadership, management and development to the procurement team whilst providing a crucial role as part of the Senior Leadership Team.  You will look to continue to the momentum of modernisation and evolution in procurement through a new commodity structure taking a short, medium and long terms view but whilst also supporting the drive for new product development and the £20m capital programme in the manufacturing plants in Gateshead.  Operating strategically you will look to continually develop more effective contract management to deliver value to Zentia without compromising on quality.  Working pro-actively throughout the business you will look to build effective relationships to raise the profile of procurement and ensure procurement is involved at the early stages of business decision making.   

As Head of Procurement you will manage and develop your team to reach their full potential whilst encouraging a pro-active collaborative way of working throughout your team.  

About you

MCIPS Qualified Level 5-6 (or equivalent), you will have extensive strategic procurement experience and a proven track record in leading a procurement team to maximise commercial value but also enabling your team to grow and develop.  Previous experience in the development and implementation of a commodity strategy in a manufacturing environment will enable you to play a key role in the ongoing development and evolution of the team.  With well developed communication skills you will raise the profile of procurement at all levels within the business, give confidence to the Managing Director and external stakeholders, coach and develop your team.  Also as part of the Senior Management Team you will champion and foster an engaged, improvement minded, customer focused culture throughout the business in line with the business values.  

Whether you are an experienced Head of Procurement or a very experienced Senior Procurement Manager looking to step up, this is an exciting opportunity to join an organisation investing extensively that is passionate about people and play a key role in continuing to shape the procurement team for the future.  

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