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Purchase Manager

About the Role

This role will be involved in every aspect of the business operations from the development of a product to comparing supplier costs to strategic planning to production. Duties include reviewing new project proposals, interacting with the marketing team to create effective marketing strategies and handling contract negotiations with vendors.


  • Developing and implementing strategies for procuring, and distributing goods or services and maintaining adequate stock levels, against contracted SLAs.
  • Managing the procurement process and optimising where appropriate.
  • Engaging with finance, reporting on ROI analysts.
  • Supplier management evaluation, selection and deselection.
  • Data analysis and reporting on quality, cost or trends using available tooling.
  • Manage supplier relationships to ensure quality, cost, delivery and responsiveness targets are achieved (KPIs).
  • Manage and support contractual obligations.
  • Negotiation costs and services, ensuring best value and quality with continuous improvement.
  • Apply experience and skills to understand risk and proactively manage potential supplier performance and successfully deal with issues.
  • Work with major suppliers and partners to discover and exploit opportunities for continuous improvement, performance improvement, savings, and other efficiencies.
  • Contact with suppliers for price checks, delivery date confirmations, delivery chasing, and supplier related queries.
  • Devising ways to optimize inventory control procedures.
  • Inspecting the levels of business supplies and raw material to identify shortages.
  • Ensuring product stock is adequate for all distribution channels and can cover direct demand from customers
  • To track and actively seek opportunities to provide cost savings by way of contact review, product price negotiations and cost saving initiatives through innovation and supply chain negotiations.
  • Sourcing new products and suppliers to extend across all areas of expenditure for the business, ensuring that we maximize our purchasing power in respect of price, delivery and terms.
  • Analyse existing purchasing processes for performance and implement improvements.


  • Proven purchasing experience of minimum 5 years.
  • Professional, energetic and career focused approach with an ethos of continual improvement and supporting business delivery.
  • Experienced in team management and department transformation, i.e., applying continuous improvement techniques, objective setting, professional and technical development, appraisal programmes.
  • Experience of UK / international contract review and supply chain impacts.
  • Can work to tight deadlines and willing to 'go the extra mile'.
  • Ability to prioritise and multitask.
  • Bring best of class processes for forecasting levels of demand for services and products.


  • Highly Competitive salary.
  • 15% annual bonus (based on company's performance).
  • Hybrid remote workplace (at least 2 days working in our West London space).
  • On-site fully equipped gym (Technogym).
  • Flexible working hours by application.
  • Up to 50% Contrado discount.
  • Ongoing training.
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About us

Contrado started in 2002 from the kitchen of our founders Chris and Fran. Since then, we’ve grown rapidly and have proven to be established leaders in design and print manufacturing. 
Contrado means ‘make and deliver together’ and we’ve proudly built a strong community of creatives who are driven by this value.

Our platform enables creatives to sell art and build their brands while giving like-minded consumers the chance to find unique, designer products made to last. 
We print original designs on a range of premium quality products from homeware to fashion and each piece is sustainably handmade to order inside our one-stop production house within 24 hours.

We’ve grown from a few people to 160 and we now operate in 14 countries but we still believe in the same values as day one.

Inclusivity, Diversity & Fairness Statement 
We are a united and mixed bunch here at Contrado. We find and nurture talents in so many people for the benefit of all of us. In addition, we work hard to create a representative, inclusive and friendly team. We share different experiences, varying perspectives and backgrounds, and combine them to make for better lives and workplace. A positive approach to fairness, creates a better experience for our customers too, because we are a reflection of each one of them, and they like us more for it. We are fair and even in all areas such as gender, race, disability, colour, religion or belief, national / regional origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status.

How to apply

This is a key position and we’re curious to know why you think you’d be a good fit. 
Please apply with your CV and a link to your portfolio, along with a cover note.
We understand the time and effort that goes into applying for a job you love so we’ll always get back to you on your application status.
Thanks and good luck!

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