Head of Supply Chain

Req ID:  62462

Newbury, Berkshire, GB, RG14 5TR

Date:  Aug 31, 2022

For over 140 years our products have helped ensure the safe, reliable operations of key industries. With a passion for precision and partnership, Celeros Flow Technology continues this heritage of high performance and dependability, providing mission critical, sustainable flow control solutions for our customers around the globe.


Celeros Flow Technology is looking for individuals with a voice and a vision. We embrace change, diversity and promote new ways of looking at old ideas. We seek talented professionals to join our world-class team of innovators in a global, collaborative & multi-cultural environment, where you will be challenged, supported, and inspired to be extraordinary.


Job Summary


A key member of the leadership team, the Head of Supply Chain will be responsible and accountable for deployment of strategy that adds critical competitive commercial advantage to Celeros FT’s brands based at the Newbury site, including Filtration, Valves and leading the procurement activities for GD Closures, Worksop.


The primary responsibility is for the management and supervision of all aspects of materials flow, cost reduction (PPV), Supplier OTD and Supplier Quality. This includes maintaining control and accuracy over all goods inventories, including all transactions, procurement (including receiving), and cost to ensure that materials are provided to Operations to ensure customer orders are fulfilled on time. This position is also responsible for partnering with global category management and sourcing, developing supplier relationships, supplier reduction / evaluation /certification, inventory control, and compliance with customer specifications.



Principle Duties and Responsibilities


  • Promote the mission, vision, and values of the company and the site.
  • Responsible for coordinating all aspects of material flow and part delivery within the organisation.
  • Create, maintain and execute material logistic strategies to manage inventory and control excess and obsolete materials. Leading the stores and logistics team to execute these strategies effectively
  • Serve as the Subject Matter Expert for Inventory and Purchasing modules of the organisation’s business system.
  • Foster, develop and maintain strong, positive working relationships with suppliers, customers, the leadership team, and employees.
  • Responsible for contract management in relation to all materials
  • Develop, maintain, and coordinate a system for regularly scheduling supply chain contract reviews
  • Review routinely purchasing practices to assure that staff are procuring and utilising appropriate contracts and tiers
  • Ensure optimal focus to maximise price savings, rebates, group redistribution and commitments
  • Oversee the procurement function utilising acceptable purchasing practices
  • Work with the employees and managers to procure the appropriate supplies and equipment within agreed upon time frames
  • Ensure that employee safety is a primary concern in the selection of supplies and equipment
  • Develop most suitable purchasing arrangement for commodities, including blanket contracts, standing orders and vendor stocking arrangements
  • Lead the standardisation of supplies and equipment within the organisation, including leading a specialist indirect buyer to deliver advantage for the site and wider business
  • Lead the resolution of equipment and supply quality and service problems with vendors
  • Give consideration to environmental concerns in the selection of supplies and equipment
  • Maintain a professional environment in interactions with vendors
  • Responsible for selection of suppliers considering quality of service and cost to the Plant
  • Coordinate the reconciliation process for invoices with the Accounts Payable department when price and quantities do not agree with the purchase order
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual departmental operating and capital budgets; operates each function within the approved budget
  • Coach, lead, and develop team leads and members to ensure organisational goals and objectives are met.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Maintain and provide current understanding of industry best practices and technology trends.
  • Knowledge of Material Management System
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Identify tools, processes, and metrics to optimise supplier value.
  • Leads by example and motivates people to create a challenging, empowering, and collaborative working environment.
  • Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations
  • Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritise scheduling of work
  • Excellent technical writing, documentation, and record keeping skills.
  • Excellent analytical problem-solving ability and leverage metrics and other tools to drive supplier performance.
  • Ability to contribute in a cross functional collaborative environment.
  • Financial skills including cost modelling, cost analysis, make vs. buy analysis.
  • Ability to directly understand and relate the impact of the function to the wider organisation



Education and Experience


  • Degree in Supply Chain Management, business, management or other related discipline. Masters in related field would be desirable as would formal engineering background
  • Depth of knowledge and experience in Strategic, Operational and Tactical Global Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt Principles and Fundamentals.
  • Strong Contract law experience, Project Management skills, Macro Economic awareness and accomplished business acumen
  • Strong background in the management of materials and sourcing within a design and manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in total quality,  lean, six sigma, or other similar environments.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of ERP/MRP systems and their use in a manufacturing environment – SAP is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to demonstrate solid written and oral communication skills.
  • CIPS qualified.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance is essential.




Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Required daily to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, and see (specific close vision abilities are required to perform computer work)
  • Required occasionally to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
  • Required daily to use hands and fingers and arms to reach (to operate a computer and telephone)
  • Required occasionally to lift and/or move objects that are light to moderate
  • Required regularly to travel (usually by air or road so may be required to sit for extended periods), specifically to support other sites referenced in this description. Travel approximately 10-20%.



Working Conditions


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an Employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work with moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, etc.)
  • Ability to work in an open planned office / individual office
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for extended periods
  • Ability to sit in a car or on a plane for extended periods





The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required to perform this role.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required to perform this role.   Employees will be required to perform reasonable additional duties, that are not detailed on this job description, which fall within their scope of skills and experience. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Celeros Flow Technology Values


INTEGRITY:  We work safely and respect our employees, business partners & environment. We always lead by example.

SPEED:  In our mission to bring mission-critical flow control equipment to the world, energy in our actions & urgency.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  We stand behind our actions and deliver on our promises.

PARTNERSHIP:  We collaborate across our teams & our customers to win together. We rely on each other to deliver the best outcome & celebrate successes.

EXCELLENCE:  We are passionate about being the best at engineering, manufacturing & maintaining mission-critical equipment.  We seek quality & community improvement in every interaction.





Quality encompasses all aspects of Celeros Flow Technology business, and every Employee shares the responsibility to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformity relating to product, process and the quality system.  All Employees have an obligation to identify and record any such nonconformity, and through designed channels, initiate and recommend solutions.