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
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
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.