Identify and implement best practice improvements within the textiles supply chain to Kimal.
· Deliver sustainable cost reductions that include measurable improvements in Total Acquisition Cost (i.e. including cost to warehouse and stocking holding).
· Secure competitive terms using all supply management techniques to include, analysis, negotiation, targeting and reporting.
· Negotiation and implementation of supply contracts with Kimal’s textile suppliers that protect the business strategy.
· Identify and select the most appropriate textile supplier base for the business. This will involve the addition of new, and rationalisation of current, suppliers in line with group strategy and proactively manage the supply chain risk.
· Work closely with the Marketing and Product Management team to effectively select suppliers / parts using best practice strategies ensuring cost / delivery / quality expectations are delivered.
· Provide expert feedback to Marketing and Product Management on all textile product samples.
· Provide robust recommendation to Marketing and Product Management backed by testing to drive both supplier and product rationalisation / swap outs.
· Develop relationships with internal customers in the business to continually improve the quality of service provided by the department supporting the business strategy with existing and new projects.
· Work closely with the textile suppliers in the supply chain promoting good working relationships through effective communication and meetings/visits as appropriate with a view to developing and maintaining long term collaboration.
· React to supplier performance measurement against a series of Key performance Indicators that ensure compliance with the standards and systems relevant to the supply chain process.
· Ensure the maintenance of the relevant IT systems to ensure data integrity for Kimal’s textile supply base.
· Accurately update and maintain the relevant files with product and supplier data ensuring that a “right first time” culture is prioritised.
· Keep abreast of current trends in textiles through attending relevant exhibitions and understanding the supplier capabilities and product offering to support the procedural solutions business unit.
· Work with the purchasing manager to ensure any decisions on textile supply base is aligned with wider procurement strategy.
· Experience / awareness of MRP / ERP systems
· Continuous Improvement / Lean Manufacturing
· Working within defined KPIs in a fast moving environment.
· 2 – 5 years in a textile procurement role
· CIP qualified or on Entry level CIP programme (i.e. level 2 or 3 course