Purchasing Manager

Cambridge, UK

The Purpose of the Post:

The Purchasing Manager will lead a small team providing purchasing support to all aspects of the business in a timely and communicative manner. The role will include responsibility for the Goods-In/Stock management areas as well as over-seeing the Supply-Chain Co-ordination for all materials being shipped to and from Owlstone Medical.

Key Tasks/Accountabilities:

Company-wide responsibility for all aspects of purchasing including

  • Raising PO’s as per the company accounting and quality systems
  • Selecting, approving and managing suppliers
  • Management of EOL components and second sourcing parts
  • Management of non-conforming materials, return to suppliers
  • Management of suppliers in relation to lead times, performance and spend
  • Auditing of suppliers/assisting with achieving approved supplier status

Management of the Goods-In area to align stock levels with Manufacturing and Engineering demands

  • Evolving stock checking methods
  • Responsible for bi-annual stock checks
  • Management of Goods-in area (and Technician)

Oversee (and able to support) Logistics requirements

  • Shipping of goods to meet customer expectations
  • Export control
  • Definition of procedures

Quality/Accounting Systems

  • Ensure integration of purchasing requirements with current company-wide systems
  • Understand and enforce the requirements from Quality Systems in relation to purchasing requirements
  • Define and implement continuous improvement projects/strategies for procurement/supply-chain/Goods-In areas
  • Management and personal development of staff and evolvement of group OKR’s/KPI’s.

Competencies & Requirements of the Role:


  • Experience in a purchasing management position within the engineering industry (Electro-mechanical products)
  • Ability to manage relationships and key suppliers on a low volume/minimal lead-time basis
  • Expert negotiation skills
  • A strategic and commercially focused mind


  • Management or supervisory experience

Person Specification:

Education & Training:

  • Degree in a relevant discipline (business, commercial, manufacturing, engineering etc)
  • Electro-Mechanical or Medical Device industry knowledge
  • Knowledge of local Engineering companies/services
  • Proven cost-reduction experience Electro-Mechanical or Medical Device industry knowledge
  • Knowledge of local Engineering companies/services
  • Proven cost-reduction experience


  • Broad knowledge of MRP/ERP systems
  • Ability to read/interpret technical engineering drawings

About Owlstone:

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for disease www.owlstonemedical.com.

Every time you breathe out there are hundreds of chemicals on your breath - some are tell-tale markers of disease that our microchip chemical sensor technology is able to detect.

Our vision is to change the way we currently diagnose and monitor serious disease; we aim to become the global leader in the non-invasive detection of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease. The key is detecting diseases earlier, when treatments are more effective, where more lives can be saved. There is no better example than cancer, where if detected early the chances of survival can be as good at 95% but at late stage drop to about 5% - unfortunately there are still far too many people detected at late stage.

The Owlstone group also commercialises a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defence.

Owlstone is an equal opportunity employer and we will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on any characteristic protected by law including but not exhaustive to; grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained and attainment of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a great team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes future share options and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of an expanding company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone may be the place for you.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want to work with us and how you fit the role to https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d314e0f6117e4731a5eacf9493bd1852


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