Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager







An exciting new opportunity has become available for an experienced Purchasing Manager to join the team at MK Test Systems. The successful applicant will be heading up a small purchasing team within our Operations department at an exciting time as we integrate an ERP into our business to drive our growth.

MK Test Systems is a growing SME where employees are given the opportunity and actively encouraged to define their career progression and learn new skills. Teamwork is at the heart of our company culture – potential applicants are encouraged to engage with our team on LinkedIn or other platforms to find out for themselves!

Purpose of the Purchasing Manager role:

Responsibility and accountability for the purchase of goods, materials and services to ensure that the company’s business needs are met, taking into account price, quality and delivery and to ensure continuity of supply. People and budget responsibility. Responsible for purchasing strategy, policy and processes.

Main duties:

  • Raising purchase orders to ensure the timely delivery of parts to support production schedules.
  • Evaluate cost data and identify cost saving opportunities. Quickly assimilate supplier and company processes to positively impact purchasing performance.
  • Manage supplier performance to ensure that quality, cost and delivery performance is maintained at high levels. In addition, provide enthusiasm and passion for driving continuous improvement in these metrics.
  • Use the company ERP system to manage parts availability to the scheduled demand, managing the impact of schedule changes.
  • Evaluate and negotiate terms and conditions. Where possible to MK terms of purchase.
  • Identify supplier risk and develop robust risk mitigation strategies where necessary.
  • Lead and promote good supplier relationships.
  • Carry out strategic stocking exercises, proposing additional stock levels and cost.
  • Provide purchasing/commercial input into cross-functional teams that effectively contribute to the company goals by applying a confident approach to teamwork.
  • Identify items on the critical path and report to project management.
  • Carry out supplier assessments and audit suppliers where required.
  • Identify risks to supply continuity and ensure they are acted upon to minimise the impact to production.
  • Work with suppliers to implement recovery plans where required.
  • Lead complex supplier situations (commercial, capacity, quality) which may have an impact on supply either short or long term.
  • Report procurement KPI’s and interrogate data to understand variances.
  • Problem solving skills to understand root causes and to prevent recurrence of supply related issues.
  • Experience of supplier capability & capacity with regards to manufacturing and supply.
  • Carry out any other task within scope and spirit of the job.

Secondary duties:

Work with production and engineering to understand make/buy decisions.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience

  • Previous working knowledge of ERP/MRP systems
  • CIPS qualification
  • Experience in managing/working within multi-disciplined teams
  • Computer literate with a good working knowledge of MS Packages
  • Ability to challenge the status quo and recommend improvements
  • Ability to procure based on value add and justify decision making
  • Excellent time management skills

Desired personal attributes:

  • Proactive and team orientated
  • Good customer/stakeholder relation skills
  • Ability to multi task and communicate at all levels
  • Ability to make decisions based on risk
  • Forward thinker
  • People person/interrelationship skills


£42k per annum


  • 25 days holiday plus UK bank holidays
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • 5% employer pension contributions (matched up to 8%)
  • Professional membership reimbursement
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Technology voucher scheme
  • Holiday trading
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Salary Extras platform – access to discount vouchers
  • Enhanced company sick pay (12 weeks)
  • Free onsite parking
  • Death in service pay (4 x Salary)
  • Help yourself fruit


  • Be resident and eligible for work in the UK
  • Hold a full UK driving licence
  • Have no worldwide travel restrictions

How to apply for the Purchasing Manager role:

To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter FAO Paul Fishwick and Kerry Thain to careers@mktest.com or by uploading them straight to the careers page.