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Purchasing Manager


Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Pe Office

Date Posted:

18th November 2022


Advanced Technology


Purchasing and Supply Chain

Job Type:




At Prodrive we believe there’s no limit to what can be achieved when the brightest minds come together. Joining one focused and driven team, you will challenge boundaries in order to change the game for our customers. Our Advanced Technology business is where we combine our pace and agility with free-thinking to deliver complex engineering solutions and specialist manufacturing programmes to the automotive, aerospace, marine, and defence sectors, accelerating the net zero journey for our customers. Our current portfolio includes a diverse range of projects, including novel suspension systems for military applications, innovative aircraft seating systems, a ‘last mile’ 18 tonne electric delivery truck and the design and delivery of a new hydraulic control system for a hypercar.

We are looking for a Purchasing Manager to maintain positive relationships with all suppliers and coordinate with internal teams and departments regarding their supply needs, so as to ensure the correct parts to the required quality are sourced and delivered on time and at the required cost. To also oversee a small purchasing and logistics team in their daily activities and provide guidance on purchasing, stock control and supply chain tasks.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement suitable purchasing strategies in support of the long term business growth aspirations.
  • Manage daily purchasing activities, supervise and support team members and allocate tasks appropriately.
  • Responsible for leading/supporting supplier relations and negotiations as required to ensure the business requirements are met in terms of time, quality and cost.
  • Drafting and negotiation of key supplier contracts and terms.
  • Ensure all purchased items meet the required specifications and standards prescribed.
  • To supply cost estimates where appropriate for potential new business opportunties/projects, quantifying base assumptions used.
  • To develop continuous improvement culture by working together with engineers/business development to ensure most timely and cost effective introduction of new parts/products/services


  • Management/supervisory experience within a batch prototype or production environment.
  • Preferred background would be from the motorsport, R & D or automotive industry.
  • Good working knowledge of relevant manufacturing procedures.
  • Good understanding of commercial contract terms and conditions.
  • Ability to adapt to and influence change within a team.
  • Understanding of IFS business system an advantage.
  • Able to understand basic engineering processes and information.
  • CIPS qualified or working towards this.

What can we offer you?

  • An attractive salary which will grow in line with your ongoing development and impact
  • 25 days holiday (which increases with long service) with an opportunity to purchase up to 15 extra days
  • Training opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Onsite subsidised staff restaurant
  • Car and pension salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cyclescheme
  • Exercise classes
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Consultations with our Fit 4 Life expert
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Exclusive company discounts
  • Life assurance

We are an equal opportunities employer

At Prodrive we are committed to attracting and nurturing the best talent and creating an inclusive workplace. We value individual differences and diversity amongst all staff so that everyone has the widest opportunities to maximise their potential. We aim to ensure that no job applicant is placed at a disadvantage by practices or requirements which disproportionately impact protected groups and which are not justified by the demands of the job. If you feel you are right for this role, we welcome your application.

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