Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager

UKFast

UKFast is one of the UK’s leading cloud, managed hosting and colocation providers, supplying dedicated server hosting, critical application hosting, and cloud hosting solutions. We fully-own, manage and operate our carbon and carrier-neutral data centre complex, which offers over 30,000sq ft of enterprise-grade facilities for collocating your IT equipment.

Over the past two decades, UKFast has grown from a start up to a multi-million pound business. Dedicated to continuous innovation and providing world-class solutions, we transform our customers businesses by using cutting-edge technology combined with incredible connectivity and award winning customer service and support.

UKFast are currently looking for a Purchasing Manager to help us implement a world class purchasing system capable of driving efficiency and cost savings across the business. The Purchasing Manager will be responsible for building the department, creating a framework and engineering initiatives across the supply chain. You will need to have excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to deliver business growth through the management of partner and vendor relationships.

Reporting to the Director of Finance the Purchasing Manager will have a dotted line into key department heads across Sales, Marketing and Technology. You will be a natural relationship builder with outstanding stakeholder management skills treating the wider UKFast business as your customer to deliver results and establish yourself as a key member of the team.

Experience in a Purchasing role within the Tech industry is desirable but not essential however an interest in Technology and a desire to immerse yourself into this sector is a must.

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Responsibilities

 

  • Liaise with all internal departments; marketing, commercial, R&D to provide critical support on capex projects as well as ongoing opex
  • Maintain and monitor key supplier relationships, tracking performance and take actions where appropriate
  • Tracking product end of life
  • Implementing new internal processes: PO system and stock system
  • Ensure stock audits are regularly completed
  • Ensure legal regulations are adhered to
  • Working closely with internal departments Stakeholders such as Tech, Sales and finance.
  • Sourcing new products and suppliers

 

Key Skills

 

  • Background in JIT purchasing; ensuring timely accurate product delivery
  • Strong negotiations skills
  • Good commercial acumen
  • Attention to detail
  • Background in tech purchasing software or hardware
  • Project management experience
  • High level of numeracy and accuracy

 

Who are our partners?

 

  • UKFast are on the board of advisors for Intel, Citrix and VMWare - We are asked to contribute to how the products develop.
  • VMWare Premier Cloud Provider partner - Launch partner for VMWare’s Project Pacific
  • Global beta testers for HPE and their 3Par arrays –  Launch partner for their latest arrays.  
  • Microsoft Gold partner
  • Red Hat Advanced business partner
  • LPI Approved Training Partner
  • Cisco Master Service Provider

 

What benefits do we offer?

 

  • Birthdays off as an extra paid holiday
  • A Tax paid bonuses of £1000 after 5 years, and an amazing £10,000 after 10 years with the team
  • Private BUPA healthcare cover after a years’ service
  • Full paid maternity leave for first 16 weeks and full paid paternity leave for 2 weeks after two years' service.
  • Award-winning training and education centre with four full-time teachers to help you obtain accreditations, develop and learn.
  • An extra week’s holiday the year you get married.

What’s available at our amazing UKFast campus?

 

  • Pearson Vue test centre, sit your exams (Microsoft, RHEL, VMWare, Cisco, LPIC) and qualify in the      comfort of our campus.
  • On-site gym with daily boot camp and Yoga classes.
  • Sports clubs such as running, football and netball
  • Free kettlebell, pyramid, spinning classes and circuit training
  • Games zone with arcade games and retro consoles.
  • Free fresh fruit delivered to the office
  • A bar - free drinks on a Friday to end the week
  • Crèche on site – somewhere to play when your kids come to visit
  • Bring your dogs to work every day
  • Free onsite parking
  • Onsite restaurant and café 
  • A giant slide for when the stairs won’t cut it
  • Table tennis and pool tables          
  • Quiet zones and sleeping pods
  • Team building experiences
  • Regular quiz nights and LAN parties
  • Family days out and cinema nights
  • Volunteer days to help support our community and charity partners
  • UKFast has an active and engaged LGBTQ+ community with group events and educational sessions arranged regularly
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