Purchasing Manager
      Ability Matters

      Ability Matters Group provides products and services to individuals who require devices to improve their mobility. An international collection of companies headquartered in Oxfordshire, UK, the Group specialises in prosthetic, orthotic, and posture and mobility care.

      Since 1989, the Group has established more than 50 contracts with the NHS, and our clinical services support patients from all over the UK and Ireland. Operating six production facilities, the Group’s manufacturing and distribution arm offers a comprehensive range of products across the three service areas, and the Group also provides private treatment facilities and mobility product retail stores.

      With 30 years of experience, over 850 staff across Europe, and a diverse team from around the world, Ability Matters Group is dedicated to driving quality and innovation in our field, whilst optimising patient care.

      Ability Matters Group we are looking for an exceptional Purchasing Manager to join our Procurement team at a really exciting time for Ability Matters Group to help us drive our business growth ambitions and support our Procurement transformation initiative.

      Your remit will be:

      • Support implementation of new Procurement processes, procedures and stakeholder engagement
      • Lead a team of purchasers who look after a set product category
      • Ensure purchasing volumes are correct and reduce need for backorders
      • Management and update of lines as per usage to ensure stock fulfilment against sales orders
      • Grow strong relationships with all suppliers within a category enabling forming of partnership approach.
      • Development of Team Leader to ensure succession planning and accommodation of business growth
      • Backorders are placed efficiently and on time to ensure service levels are maintained
      • Work with the Operational departments across Ability Matters Group to ensure the smooth delivery of the products and services ensuring that the customer KPI’s are met
      • Negotiate and manage the relationships with key supply partners to create a stable platform in order to maximise performance
      • Interpret the annual business plan into executable tasks (e.g. Products, Price, lead times, Purchase Price verses Sales Price and margins
      • Manage supplier database, contracts and supplier KPI’s
      • Manage third party suppliers to provide value add services to enhance the product portfolio.
      • Own the customer value propositions, product descriptions, product availability and pricing lead time and delivery performance
      • Own, communicate and deliver the product strategy for the portfolio
      • Track results and own the ever changing risks & opportunities
      • Engage with customers at all levels in order to gain insight into their current challenges and develop propositions to meet these needs
      • Work with the Marketing teams to influence customer purchase decisions and create brand awareness

      This is a really key role in team that will grow with us.

      This role is based in Abingdon but will include some travelling to our other sites and suppliers.

      What you can expect from this role?

      • Access to all elements of the Procurement function
      • A supportive and engaging work environment with great stakeholders
      • Being welcomed in to a brilliant, motivated team with an appetite to drive change
      • To be challenged
      • Opportunity to develop your career in Procurement
      • Opportunity to make a difference and be part of a Procurement transformation

      Job Requirements:


      • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in Procurement with desire to broaden experience across different areas and be part of a developing team
      • Minimum of 2 years of experience of managing procurement team
      • End to end Procurement process experience
      • An understanding of SRM
      • Excellent people skills
      • Effective communication and influencing skills
      • Natural problem solver
      • An understanding and ability to identify supplier/ service risks
      • Naturally inquisitive
      • Appetite to learn and develop
      • Ability to work and adapt to a constantly changing and fast paced environment


      • Medical device knowledge will be an advantage
      • Educated to A LEVEL/Degree level/MCIPS

      What we will offer to you in return:

      • 39 hour working week – 8.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Thursday and 8.00am-4.00pm Friday.
      • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
      • Company Pension scheme
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