Procurement Lead

Job Overview

About The Role:

You will lead and manage Site Productivity programme for a major manufacturing facility.  The role will have responsibility for driving and reporting on the site productivity program. 

A key focus is to ensure that the supply base is aligned with corporate roadmaps and driving resourcing activities to achieve same.  You will act as the primary site interface with strategic procurement on supplier and productivity initiatives which impact the site.

For this role we need an Engineer who can combine technical ability with a Commercial mind-set and strong supplier relationship management skills.

The site is currently involved in a new product introduction programme, so this is an exciting time to join to help develop the future supply base of the Dublin manufacturing site.  A great opportunity to work in a leading manufacturing facility with a diverse supply base covering a wide range of commodities,

Key Responsibilities of the role include;

  • Lead the Site Productivity Program and develop a competent leadership role in this area of expertise.
  • Continuously drive material cost reductions through collaboration with Strategic Procurement and Technical functions.  Participate in cost negotiations and value engineering initiatives with suppliers to jointly reduce total material costs.
  • Ensure that the site Productivity processes are maintained in compliance with the Corporate requirements and standards. 
  • Working with Commodity Management to identify and implement supplier   changes to reduce costs,and improve performance
  • Implement strategies into the Dublin site, to provide suppliers capable of servicing business needs across all stakeholder
  • Participate in new supplier evaluation
  • Support NPI and design change activities
  • Conduct and analyse RfQ competitive exercises to identify lowest ‘total cost of ownership’ (TCoO) sources. 
  • Initiate Supply Agreements and NDA’s where required
  • Promote the use of supplier innovation into product design and improvements.  Lead Design-to-Cost and Value Engineering exercises with suppliers to drive cost reductions.
  • Initiate and project-manage major part resourcing activities assuring continuity of supply.
  • Identify supplier risk situations and work to develop and implement risk mitigations strategies. Manage the site-level supplier risk program responsibilities.
  • assess capability gaps in the supply base.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic and operational performance of the Dublin supply base by leading and contributing on various projects


  • understanding of various manufacturing technologies – Electronic and/or Electrical an advantage
  • Ability to work with Engineering and NPD to optimise part, materials, technology, manufacturing process and supplier decisions
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Experience of managing major parts resourcing and new supplier/part start-up programs essential.
  • Experience of implementing Commodity strategies
  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills with suppliers.
  • Strong problem solving, planning and analytical skills.
  • Ability to build strong and influential business relationships with suppliers
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related Science discipline.  Consideration will also be given to individuals with a Business, Procurement or Supply Chain degree with extensive relevant Technical experience.  
Minimum of 5+ years’ experience within a Procurement function, preferably in an electro-mechanical manufacturing environment. Manufacturing engineering experience an advantage.  
Broad-based commodity experience – suppliers, materials, technology and manufacturing processes, across a range of commodities a key requirement.   
Experience of working within a direct-material Commodity Management environment across a range of supplier management topics.
Proven record of influencing and shaping the strategic development of a supply base.  
Experience of dealing with a broad range of supplier organisations across Asia, Europe and the USA desirable.    
to apply email rob smith at


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