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Plant Purchasing Manager Scarborough Plant

Schneider Electric

Leeds, United Kingdom

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. If you’d like to know more, it might be good to start here:

We’re looking for a high calibre Purchasing Manager with the ability to wear two hats. You’ll be the senior buyer for our Scarborough plant, which is where our world class low voltage switchgear is manufactured. In this job you’ll be the key conduit between the plant and the central purchasing function, ensuring the plant’s material needs and objectives are met in the most cost efficient manner. You’ll also be part of the plant’s management team, working with other members to set and drive strategy, explore cost saving initiatives and implement new processes.

You’ll divide your time between purchasing for the plant and undertaking other commodities purchasing duties within our central function (based at Leeds). This part of the job will involve contributing to the purchasing strategy and operations for another five key Schneider Electric plants (in the UK and overseas). You’ll be part of a broad, international purchasing community that encourages collaboration, continuous development of the individual and function, and the swapping of ideas and best practice. We can confidently say the job as a whole offers great variety, the opportunity to build a strong network, and the chance to gain a great knowledge of our manufacturing business at a micro and macro level.


As a purchasing professional, it goes without saying that you’ll be a tough negotiator! However, you’ll also have the ability to work diplomatically and build up partnerships (internally and externally). A CIPS qualification or business related degree is also essential. You’ll work with the management and Controlling function on forecasts and P&L reconciliation, so some understanding of those areas is important.

If you have experience within the engineering industry, speak European languages, or have experience of SAP, then that’s useful. But if you don’t, we’d still love to hear from you!


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