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Purchasing/Sourcing Manager Full Time

at Tata Steel in Port Talbot (Published at 08-10-2018)

Job Title: Procurement Lead / Purchasing Lead / Sourcing Lead


Location: Port Talbot, South Wales


Department: Group Procurement

Salary Band and Range: £27,000 - £30,000 Depending on experience + Benefits


Are you looking to further your commercial career in an exciting new role? We are looking to recruit dynamic professionals who will maintain and develop supplier market knowledge. Previous Procurement experience is desirable but candidates from other related disciplines will be considered. We are looking for candidates with drive, determination with the right transferrable skills and ambitions to succeed in a fast paced environment.

We are recruiting for driven, passionate and tenacious individuals with outstanding problem-solving skills and the ability to inspire trust and build engagement.


We’re looking for candidates to help us on our journey in the UK to achieving excellence within our industry. This is a great opportunity to perform a pivotal role in an expanding EU wide function. Reporting to a Category Manager, you will manage the strategic sourcing process for a category within the team with additional tasks for other categories as required.


At Tata Steel, we pride ourselves on our world-class products, processes and people. We value individuality and believe that exposing people to genuine challenges on live projects fosters creativity and allows potential to be fulfilled.


Broadly speaking, our Procurement team manages our external spend with a wide range of partners and suppliers. We work with a network of over 5,000 suppliers globally, covering an extensive range of goods and services such as refractories, scrap, electrical, mechanical, facilities management and packaging.


Our aim is always to inspire and drive sustainable relationships with our partners, as well as through our own organisation – so our Procurement professionals need strong communication, relationship/project management and negotiation skills.


The role


You will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:


  • Regularly scanning the marketplace and suppliers, collecting facts and then delivering relevant marketplace and supplier information, including ‘clean sheet’ analysis, to ensure effective construction of category strategies in close co-operation with key stakeholders.

  • Convert the demands of TSE end users, construct an effective business requirements overview and an appropriate sourcing project that maximises value across TSE within the framework of an agreed category strategy.

  • Deliver all required aspects of pre-contract work, supplier selection, negotiation, closing and putting in place contracts that deliver short to medium term value for TSE.

  • Managing the contract through its life cycle by frequently analysing its effectiveness, in close co-operation with the technical function and other stakeholders and taking action based on KPI results.

  • Operate as the point of leadership for vendor relationships ensuring fact-based communication as well as taking accountability for ensuring that operations-based contract managers are engaged in contract strategies, escalating effectively where performance gaps appear.

  • Manage through "influence, gravitas and expertise" the effective delivery of value throughout the life of the contract.



Who we are looking for

For these roles attitude is as important as qualifications and experience. We’re passionate about achievement, excellence and breakthrough thinking, and people at every level here have a thirst for development their knowledge.


  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Ability to embrace change with enthusiasm, take ownership of issues and inspire others towards a culture of innovation.

  • Confidence in collaborating and working cross-functionally with finance, legal, technical and operations/manufacturing teams in an international context.

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

  • Attention to detail



Closing date: 11PM, Monday 22nd October 2018


Interviews/Group Exercise likely to take place week commencing 29th October.


The Benefits

Tata Steel UK offers their employees significant benefits packages. For this role, you will benefit from:


  • A market competitive salary

  • 35 days holidays per annum, inclusive of bank holidays

  • Quarterly Bonus – subject to business performance

  • One of the UK’s leading defined contribution pension schemes (10% employer contribution / 6% employee contribution)

  • Private Healthcare Scheme (Individual cover)

  • Employee discount scheme for companies including Vodafone, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and also various local services



You may be also interested to know that we have an extensive list of lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, free onsite parking at all of our sites, an employee assistance programme as well as discounts with local and national retailers and services.



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