NewMarket Services

  • Procurement Manager

    Location UK-Bracknell
  • Overview

    Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted, cost effective supply of a portfolio of raw materials/goods & services necessary to support Afton business goals and operations including but not limited to production facilities, contract manufacturing facilities, resale operations, R&D facilities and corporate departments. Position is typically responsible for more than$100MM in annual spend with a high level of complexity and critical material, products or services.  The role typically comprises 30% tactical and 70% strategic procurement.  Works under very limited direction and guidance. 

    Responsibilities may include development of strategies and leadership at a Global level within a particular category of product. May manage or supervise a team of employees.


    Develop and manage supplier relationships to negotiate and maintain price and supply conditions ensuring commercial terms are optimized, supply maintained, contracts implemented and managed as appropriate and SAP data maintained.  

    Develop an understanding of the market for the raw materials, products and services purchased and identify the factors which influence availability and pricing (know the buy) ensuring that significant market changes are anticipated, managed and communicated.

    Define and implement procurement strategies at a Global level for specific materials, products and services.  

    Identify and select source(s) of assigned raw materials, products and services. Work with the supplier base to identify new sources within existing portfolio and new technologies which may bring advantage to Afton, sponsoring and supporting approvals as appropriate.


    Prepare, maintain and communicate long term sourcing strategies to support the Long Range Plan (LRP) both within region and at a global level as appropriate to ensure raw material, products and services availability and economics are communicated to and support the needs of the business.  


    Develop and maintain forecasts (volume and price) for use with suppliers and for communication within Afton including the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process.


    Monitor quality and consistency of raw materials, products and services used via the SCS (Supplier Care System) to record quality issues/resolutions. Consult with Process Technology, R&D and Manufacturing and other departments as required, investigating and resolving quality issues quickly and effectively. 


    Employ strategies as appropriate to ensure business continuity objectives are met.


    Consult with Business Group, R&D, Manufacturing and Process Technology to provide information regarding competitive challenges, potential entrants, pricing initiatives and quality, service, price and distribution issues.


    May supervise subordinates, complete employee appraisal evaluations, plan and arrange for staff development and training, resolve employee problems and disciplinary issues. Consult with Human Resources as appropriate.


    Participate as an active member of the strategic management team within Strategic Business Units (SBUs). Provide the Management Team with analysis on the impact of price/volume and availability on purchasing/business decisions.


    Demonstrate, lead and encourage best practice within the procurement process; vendor selection, specifications, tender & negotiation process/policy, business award, contracts implementation and maintenance etc.



    Education and Experience Minimums:


    • Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Business, Economics, Maths, Chemistry or related field.
    • Demonstrated strategic planning, negotiation, influencing and leadership qualities typically acquired through a number of years experience in related roles with increasing levels of responsibility.
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the procurement function and SAP typically acquired through a number of years of procurement experience.


    Education and Experience Preferred:


    • Advanced degree (Masters or MBA)
    • Work experience in the petroleum additive, lubricant or chemical industry
    • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or similar certification (e.g. CIPS)




    • High personal credibility and ethics
    • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of market economics, cost drivers, value chains etc. (ideally within the chemical industry)
    • Effective negotiation, facilitation and conflict mangement skills
    • Self-starter with strong business acumen and the ability to link business goals and market trends to make sound procurement decisions
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to lead through influence and build consensus
    • Strong strategic and analytic approach to procurement with knowlege of Strategic sourcing principles and practice
    • Broad knowledge of the principles of contract writing and management
    • Team-orientated leadership dedicated to continuous improvement, maximising productivity and effectiveness in the organisation, and promoting best practices
    • Effective listening skills


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed