Group Head of Purchasing (board designate)

Competitive Salary
25 Oct 2017
25 Nov 2017
Specialist Area
Procurement, Purchasing
Contract Type
Full Time

Nycomm – Group Head of Purchasing (board designate)

This is a fantastic opportunity for an inspirational people leader with significant experience heading up a purchasing team in the distribution or wholesale industry.  You will be committed to developing and supporting your team to succeed, with a track record of negotiating the best outcome for the business through strong supplier relationships.  The ideal candidate will also have purchasing experience within IT or telecoms distribution as well as experience managing factory relationships and imports.

Purpose of the role:

To lead and develop a great purchasing team, negotiate the best deals for the Nycomm Group and build strong and collaborative supplier relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead the development and implementation of the Group procurement strategy, managing an annual spend of £100 million

Develop and implement supply chain strategies covering all products, services and supplier processes throughout the business to deliver maximum value, leverage, and standardisation

Lead and develop the capability of the procurement team, driving a strong, professional purchasing function

Work closely with sales, marketing and logistics to ensure all departments are joined up and working together

Own and develop supplier relationships, building mutually beneficial partnerships with new and existing suppliers

Lead strategic business reviews with key suppliers, negotiating the best deal for Nycomm while maintaining strong and collaborative relationships.

Develop relationships with international manufacturers, managing factory relationships and imports

Continuously optimise supplier terms and rebates in order to maximise profitability

Identify and source new products, identify opportunities for new supplier relationships and contribute to pitches for new business

Continuously improve procurement activities, including supplier performance and quality, internal orders, buyer activity levels, financial performance and material shortage elimination

Manage material flow to ensure stock is maintained to the optimum level to support on time customer deliveries

Qualifications / Relevant Experience:


  • Experience in leading, developing and inspiring teams
  • Significant experience leading purchasing and sourcing at a strategic level in wholesale or distribution
  • Procurement experience in the IT or telecoms distribution industry
  • Solid track record in negotiating commercial deals and delivering cost reduction from supply chains
  • Procurement experience in international markets, managing factory relationships and imports


  • Experience working with Chinese or Korean suppliers and manufacturers
  • CIPS qualified

Essential Skills & Qualities:

  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to coach, mentor and develop your team
  • Excellent negotiating skills, ability to influence at all levels of the organisation and tenacity to deliver in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Personable communication style, with the ability to build and maintain strong, trusting relationships with suppliers and colleagues
  • Innovative approach, constantly striving to deliver improvements and new ideas
  • Ability to challenge and influence senior leaders constructively and confidently

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