Element Materials Technology

Country Procurement Manager

Job Locations UK-Edinburgh


Element has an opportunity for a Country Procurement Manager (CPM) for the United Kingdom based in our London Group Headquaters near Victoria Train / Underground Station. This role will be responsible and accountable for the procurement and sourcing strategical and tactical deployment within the assigned area or location.


The Country Procurement Manager has a complete understanding of the business conducted at the labs, and develops innovative sourcing strategies in a fast paced and hands on delivery focused role. Our successful candidate must have end to end procurement expertise and will be comfortable in his / her abilities to manage the full sourcing lifecycle from cradle to grave.


  • Act as Procurement Business Partner in UK with responsibility for the strategy and delivery of Procurement across UK labs
  • Develop and deliver procurement savings plans for UK and for specific regional and global categories led out of UK in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Actively engage cross-functionally with commercial business leaders as a strategic partner to drive down lifecycle cost while enhancing customers' experience, product quality, increasing supply chain flexibility and productivity
  • Lead and execute sourcing projects, including strategy development, supplier categorisation, supplier classification, pricing, payment terms, contract setting and execution, risk management, and business case presentations
  • Evaluate historical and forecasted data on categories of spend to help formulate a category plan
  • Work with network of individual operations to ensure a sustainable project pipeline is developed and managed along with suitable action plans
  • Manage Category Managers to deliver category plans with savings and service improvements to the benefit of the group
  • Have a strong focus on increasing procurement coverage through reduction of maverick spend and reduction of long tail spend
  • Ensure all purchased services required are appropriately negotiated and contracts bring competitive advantage to Element Materials Technology
  • Manage reviews on critical contract for key business related to the area and not yet handled at central procurement function, ensuring contract performance is managed in line with KPI's and customer requirements
  • Provide analysis and reporting tools to monitor and measure the effectiveness of sourcing and supplier activities
  • Identify and resolve strategic supplier performance issues to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Maintain a deep understanding of both the supplier categories for the global Testing, Inspection and Certification market as well as the supplier base serving the labs

Skills / Qualifications

  • Proven track record of success with regard to managing all aspects of the sourcing lifecycle, sourcing materials globally, supplier management and cost reductions competencies ; successful change management with measurable business improvement
  • Strong Project Management skillset with consultative skills and structured thought process with advanced MS Excel & PPT skills
  • Broad business, commercial and finance acumen; strong numerical skills; ability to analyse technical and financial data
  • Excellent communications skills with suppliers and colleagues with great attention to detail and timing of results, and ability to present information in an engaging way (written and oral)
  • Strong ability to negotiate, construct and manage complex procurement contracts of significant value
  • Significant experience of managing large suppliers and complex contracts and ability to translate this supplier categories and supplier base awareness into both a strategic and tactical management approach which contributes to the success of the labs at all levels#LI-MJ1

Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration business in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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