Procurement Director – Central & Eastern Europe

Central or Eastern Europe
€90,000 to €130,000

As the great Albert Einstein once said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, which is why sometimes businesses, or specific departments, need someone that can take them on a journey of transformation, a leader with vision, fresh ideas, an appetite to deliver major change and improvement both in terms of process & their team’s capabilities and the right skills and experience to do so.  Every now and again, an opportunity comes along that will allow you to make a real impact, make a real difference to a function and the overall business, an opportunity to break from the humdrum of mediocre, an opportunity like this…..

This role takes responsibility for the Central & Eastern European part of a major procurement function.  You will be leading a geographically dispersed team that manages a spend profile in the hundreds of millions and who are responsible for creating both commodity led, and site specific, strategies to ensure the delivery of efficient, cost effective, sustainable procurement solutions for all direct materials, castings and associated products and services.  Your team will have dual reporting, into both you and the relevant Plant Managers, so its imperative that procurement builds strong, effective working relationships with operations, creating an environment where collaboration and effective challenging of solutions comes naturally.  This is a challenging, fast paced manufacturing environment, so you will need to be up to the challenge of delivering results in this kind of organisation, its certainly not one for the shrinking violets!  As part of the evolution of procurement within this organisation, you will be expected to look at all aspects of procurement, such as supplier rationalisation, in-sourcing vs out-sourcing, commodity and site strategy development & implementation and the delivery of significant cost savings and efficiency improvements.  As you would expect with a role at this level, the development of your team is of paramount importance, ensuring they have the skills and support needed to deliver brilliant results.

The business you will be working for is an established, leading automotive manufacturing business with a global presence.  As a market leader, they are keen to ensure that they continue to deliver a stand out service to all of the businesses that they support.  They have a strong CSR foot print and are committed to sustainability across their business.

Given the wide geographical spread of sites across the CEE region, there are multiple places that you could be based from, however most relevant locations are likely to be Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic or Hungary and regular travel will be required wherever you live.

The expectations is that, in order to be successful in this role, you will be able to bring:

  • An evidenced background in leading a procurement function that delivers exceptional results, both financially and in terms of service delivery to the business
  • Experience working in a fast moving, process driven manufacturing environment (automotive beneficial but not essential)
  • Proven experience of direct procurement commodities and categories, including castings, fabrications, mouldings and raw materials.
  • MCIPS qualified or equivalent is a bonus but it’s your experience and achievements that are more important!
  • Natural leadership qualities, the ability to inspire, motivate and coach your teams to take accountability and pride in their work, and deliver outstanding results
  • An expert knowledge of commodity strategy formulation and implementation
  • Great energy, drive and tenacity
  • Strong influencing skills and gravitas
  • A real desire to make a difference and support a major transformation of procurement
  • Flexibility to travel extensively

In return for bringing the above to the table, you will be rewarded with a package that includes:

  • Base salary of €90,000 to €130,000
  • Car allowance of €9,600
  • Bonus of up to 15%
  • Holiday allowance
  • Pension
  • Private Medical Cover

If you feel like you are ready for the next challenge in your already successful career and have an up to date CV that clearly demonstrates your achievements in previous roles, not just what you were responsible for, then why not send us your application so we can discuss further?

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