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Head of Purchasing (m/w/d)

Location: Erlangen (Germany) / Skalica (Slovakia) hybrid

Unlike many other suppliers who have diversified their efforts, our client remains true only to chain drive systems. This commitment is one of the key reasons they are known for delivering the best solutions when their customers need them most. From the design release engineering stage to the after-market, they provide full support throughout the entire process. Their chain systems are meticulously engineered to withstand the harshest environments while consistently meeting stringent customer standards. By pushing the boundaries, they have expanded the reach of this mature technology to places previously unimaginable, creating opportunities for their team to be involved in exciting and groundbreaking work.
They are actively seeking passionate individuals who share their level of commitment and enthusiasm for their work. If you are dedicated to making a difference and is passionate about what you do, this team invites you to join them and be part of shaping the future of chain drive technology. Together, they will continue to be the heroes of the industry and drive progress beyond expectations.

Job description, responsibilities and duties

a) Set up and develop a purchasing strategy:

  • Develop the purchasing policy for the company and ensure its implementation across different sites.
  • Establish objectives for the group and ensure their implementation across different sites.
  • Anticipate future developments in the medium and long term for the purchasing strategy.
  • Make strategic trade-offs and reallocate resources, including human, financial, deadlines, and material, based on the established strategy and purchasing policy outcomes.

b) Manage the purchasing system:

  • Control procurement volume to optimize costs and efficiency.
  • Monitor and develop relationships with suppliers to ensure a reliable supply chain.
  • Manage information exchange with external providers.
  • Monitor and address issues related to non-conforming suppliers.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with local procedures.
  • Follow the approval procedure for procurement scopes.
  • Handle crisis situations related to product development or mass production.
  • Stay updated on regulatory and organizational changes.
  • Define purchasing and supply chain management training orientations.
  • Review contract legal and technical aspects to ensure compliance.

c) Manage the budget and be its guarantor:

  • Take responsibility for managing and monitoring the budget of the Purchasing Department
  • Oversee the transport budget and related expenses.

d) Manage, lead the team, and organize activities and training:

  • Regularly communicate progress and indicators to the higher-ups.
  • Handle human resources management for the purchasing department, including recruitment, training, and evaluations, in collaboration with the HR department.
  • Lead, supervise, and participate in quality and continuous improvement action plans.
  • Oversee the preparation and monitoring of the skills plan, making necessary adjustments.
  • Coordinate and supervise the organization of teams across different sites.

Personality requirements and skills

  • Education: Follow-up/Higher Professional Education, University education (Bachelor’s degree), University education (Master’s degree), or Postgraduate (Doctorate) in Mechanical Engineering, Production, Automotive Industry, or Electrotechnical Industry.
  • Language Skills: Advanced proficiency (C1) in English
  • Other Knowledge: Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word.
  • Driving License: B category.
  • Experience: At least 10 years of significant experience in a similar function.
  • Personality Requirements and Skills: Strong negotiation and communication skills, entrepreneurial thinking, analytical and strategic thinking, e-procurement, controlling, knowledge of (global) procurement markets, quality management, leadership skills, organizational talent, efficient time management, ability to work under pressure and flexibility, teamwork and network skills.

Employee perks, benefits

  • Company-provided computer and mobile phone.
  • Opportunities for career development.
  • Participation in company events.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Involvement in new projects.
  • Home office option.
  • Language courses.
  • Multisport card
  • Kloepfel Group
    Andreas Miltzner
    Pempelforter Str. 50
    40211 Düsseldorf
    Tel.: 0152 227 227 59

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