The specialist FMCG department at Search recruitment group are proudly supporting an exceptional fresh produce business in Kent on their search for a new Procurement Manager.

Your future employer has an exceptional track record, is highly accredited, and works with some of the UK's finest retailers.

As the Procurement Manager for this award winning business you will be responsible for:
* Liaising with suppliers to negotiate and obtain best agreement, prices and services for the business
* Ensuring margin maximisation
* Formulating and delivering a cost effective supply chain strategy and effective relationship management with internal and external stakeholders

The role also has a wider remit to manage and oversee all activities relating to incoming products, in terms of cost, quality and ensuring the stock items are fully compliant before arrival.

Other duties for the Procurement Manager include:

* Collaboration with finance team in managing and tracking cost of product vs budget, ensuring that the Procurement team is aware of variance and proactively seeking solutions to beat budget costs.
* The sole procurement responsibility for allocated products
* Development of strong working relationships within the companies worldwide grower base, working with them and relevant third parties to improve the service and product they supply to the business
* Visiting suppliers as and when required along with liaising with them in relation to current market conditions
* Seeking out new opportunities of supply to improve availability, quality and/or commercials
* Undertaking tendering process, where appropriate, to select suppliers in line with strategic objectives
* Supporting the Head of Procurement with developing a strategy for product procurement in line with business objectives and leadership approval, supporting the planning process in the creation and development of short- and long-term supplier plans, NPD and customer range planning
* Managing and developing strong working relationship with both factory production and technical teams, working collaboratively to ensure that the product being sourced is the best possible in line with the requirements of the production site and end customer

Should you wish to apply for the role please either apply below or contact Matthew Covell at Search for further information.

Search is an equal opportunities recruiter and we welcome applications from all suitably skilled or qualified applicants, regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation or age.