Purchasing Manager

Volkswagen Group
Blakelands, Milton Keynes
Competitive + company cars and other benefits
09 Jun 2020
09 Jul 2020
Full Time
Contract Type

One Group. Five brands. Unlimited possibilities.

Five different automotive brands. Group Functions. Trade specialists.

Volkswagen Group UK is wholly owned by Volkswagen AG and is one of the most successful automotive manufacturers in the world, with some of the most iconic brands that the industry has ever seen. But we're also a great Sales & Marketing operation in our own right. We have over 800 permanent employees and a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the UK. 

Operating out of Milton Keynes, Volkswagen Group UK sells half a million vehicles every year. In fact, one in every five cars sold in the UK is a Volkswagen Group brand.

However, what really sets us apart is how we work – not how many vehicles we sell. VWG UK has a unique culture, built on diversity, difference and a friendly rivalry that inspires us all. Across our brands, we learn from each other, encourage each other and regularly challenge each other to think differently. Our people have a true passion for what they do, a genuine desire to go further for customers and to give their own careers real momentum at the same time. Whatever drives you, at Volkswagen Group you'll find a career that matches your ambitions.

Our central Purchasing team sits at the heart of our fast-paced business, working with all brands, functions as well as VW Financial Services (VWFS) to enable them to on-board and purchase effectively and economically from our suppliers. We're looking for two Purchasing Managers to join this pivotal team and be a subject matter experts in this area. These roles will be responsible for managing the supplier cost and performance drivers within the business, putting in place levers designed to ensure that the company maintain its sustainable profit growth.

The Purchasing Manager will to join the team on a permanent basis reporting into the Purchasing Team Manager and be a key in supporting VWG Brands, VW Group and VWFS, ensuring that all suppliers are selected, approved and contracted in accordance with the companies purchasing policies and procedures. You'll need to be a forward thinking and proactive, developing strategies and initiatives to ensure that Category cost saving and supplier performance targets are achieved or exceeded.

This is a broad role and as a result you'll need multiple skills and abilities to ensure that you're a success. You'll be working with purchases for large sums of money, so of course will need a keen eye for detail and a strong head for numbers. With the cross function and cross brand exposure of this role and access to numerous senior stakeholders, you'll need to able to build strong and productive relationships to enable you to influence decisions and maximise Category cost saving.

If you're someone who thrives in a dynamic fast paced environment, enjoys numbers and getting things right first time but who also flourishes in dealing with people, negotiating with and guiding them where necessary, this could be the perfect role for you.

Think you're up to the challenge? We'd love to hear from you…

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