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My client, a leading Medical Devices company located in Co. Westmeath, a seeking to recruit a Purchasing Manger to join their Supply Chain team. Leading a team of 3 Buyer/Planners, you will be responsible for the commercial and tactical operational management of contract manufacturing partners and finished goods suppliers. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with suppliers through direct price negotiation and propose improvements with the global supplier base including local suppliers, to achieve competitive cost savings where possible
  • Liaise with all internal functional departments to forecast plan for procurement based on customer demands, analyze commodity fluctuations and monitor supplier performance
  • Sole responsibility for the purchasing and management of finished products and raw for the company. Including orders, schedules & deliveries in line with agreed service levels.
  • Manage company internal purchasing system in line with company policy, ensuring all information is accurate and up to date. Ensure upkeep & compliance to corporate policies & requirements.
  • Forecast price trends and their impact on future activities, engage with finance on preparing annual company budgets
  • Engage with inventory control and to develop metrics for gauging inventory levels & needs.
  • Management of delivery documentation and monitoring contractual agreements.
  • Participate in and lead RFP /RFQ processes with suppliers as appropriate
  • Participate in COGS reduction projects and preparing business cases to present to management
  • Present KPI’s on a weekly/monthly basis to Senior Management
  • Manage day to day purchasing activities including 3 direct buyer/planner reports.

– Educational / Experience Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or related discipline.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in a Contract manufacturing or 3rd party supply chain management environment. IIPMM or relevant purchasing qualification is preferred but not essential
  • Experienced negotiator and must have strong business and commercial acumen
  • Demonstrated experience in managing & developing supplier relationships including contract negotiation, establishing and developing supplier relationships & management strategies. 
  • Management of annualized standard cost settings, pricing, & cost out programs
  • High understanding of GMP, Compliance, Validation Practices including the system development life cycle and Regulatory expectations.
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings/specifications/Familiarity contract terms and conditions, statements of work.
  • Competent user of MS Office tools [ Access, Excel, Project, Word, Powerpoint].
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Strong leadership, decision-making & problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of Oracle ERP /ASCP system  or similar database system and Business Objects software program

For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Eoghan Dalton on 090 64 78104 or email

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