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Product Manager




South East

Location: Based either London, Oxford or Doncaster

Salary: £40k – £45k

The Company: Chemicals distributor


The Role:

  • Meeting & exceeding the set budget for the role, and associated set of KPI’s.
  • Lead & support on supplier tendering & selection.
  • Negotiate new and renegotiate existing supplier contracts.
  • Working with key principles and suppliers to manage the purchasing process ensuring competitive pricing. Build & maintain supplier relationships.
  • Participate in the preparation of marketing plans and suggestions on how best to heighten the awareness of their product offering in the Life Science sector to be achieved in cooperation with the Business Manager.
  • Analysis of monthly sales/purchase statistics and chasing for repeat business where deviation from normal sales/purchasing pattern occurs.
  • Support account managers with market data & customer information ensuring that information on new products from designated principals are introduced to the customer base promptly, and with the correct level of focus & support.
  • Liaising with suppliers about products, pricing, trends and market information. Using available data to understand and monitor the influences on current market dynamics.
  • Arranging and attending supplier meetings with the Business Manager/Procurement Manager.
  • Working together with Business Manager/Procurement Manager on new products and projects and leading where requested.
  • Working on cost reduction by negotiations and a proactive approach, whilst taking into account overall quality & service.
  • Raise queries with suppliers when discrepancies are identified.
  • Update and maintain accurate procurement records in IFS e.g. delivery dates, prices, supplier dates.
  • Participate in regular departmental & intergroup meetings, and carry out general administrative duties as & when required.
  • Support on sourcing initiatives to maintain a stable supply of products.
  • Build and maintain relationships with new & existing suppliers.
  • Work closely with the logistics and warehouse teams to manage the supply chain and supplier lead times.
  • Identify key portfolio gaps and areas for development within the existing product range.  Use existing market knowledge to identify potential supply partners or work with existing principals to assess range extensions.
  • Support and lead process improvement initiatives.
  • Ensure and monitor stock holding is adequate and reflective of market situation.



  • Experience of the chemical distribution industry.
  • Effective selling & negotiation skills.
  • Technical and market knowledge preferred.
  • Budgetary planning and reporting skills.
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels and build effective working relationships across all departments.
  • Effective team building skills.
  • Ability to negotiate with internal & external stake holders.
  • Microsoft Office Suite experience required.
  • High levels of numerical and grammatical accuracy is essential.
  • Position is office based working 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Contact Kelly Kehoe:

Kelly Kehoe

Specialist Recruitment Consultant
0161 443 0015

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