Creative Support is a busy and dynamic national charitable provider of high quality, person-centred social care services and supported housing. We currently work in over 60 Local Authorities across England.
We are seeking a motivated person with relevant purchasing and business experience for the role of Purchasing & Facilities Manager. This is a busy, hands-on role combining the management and coordination of a small team of staff with purchasing duties and associated administration.
You will be responsible for overseeing the ordering and purchasing of goods and services, ensuring that the needs of the company are met in an efficient, cost-effective and timely manner. You will manage and coordinate a small team of administrators, ensuring that they are productive and well supported. You will achieve value for money through ‘best practice’ purchasing and procurement methodologies, scrutiny of requests and strong supplier management. The role will also include responsibility for housekeeping, the management of Head Office facilities and the purchase of office/janitorial supplies. This will include managing our directly employed cleaners and the external cleaning contract.
Applicants should be graduates with excellent verbal/written communication skills and strong IT competencies (word, excel, and videoconferencing). You will be numerate and able to use data effectively, with strong attention to detail. You will have experience of staff management and be able to motivate and support colleagues to do their best. You will be assertive and persuasive, with the ability to negotiate and work effectively with suppliers, building relationships which provide good service and value. You must ensure that a valid purchase order is raised to support all purchases and therefore the ability to scrutinise and obtain authorisation for purchasing requests within agreed protocols is essential.
A hard working, flexible and resourceful approach to work will be required. You should be proactive and ‘solution-focused’ with the ability to organise and prioritise the work of your team and to respond to changing business needs. You will be committed to excellent internal and external customer service and to achieving continuous improvement. You will be able to work collaboratively with your fellow Heads of Department to ensure an efficient and productive central infrastructure and support for our services across the country.
You will be aligned to our charitable ethos and values, be keen to ‘make a difference’ and able to demonstrate a genuine interest in working for a charitable provider of social care and supported housing. We are an Equal Opportunities employer committed to diversity and to creating a culture in which everyone can flourish and succeed. You will be based at our friendly and accessible Head Office in Stockport which operates on a strict Covid-secure basis, with a combination of office based and home working