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CATEGORY SENIOR BUYER - Indirect Spend, Corporate & Professional Services

C£60-80000 (Dependent on Experience) + Bonus + Excellent Blue-Chip Benefits Package

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CATEGORY SENIOR BUYER - Indirect Spend, Corporate & Professional Services


“Senior Buyer/ Category Specialist or Category Manager sought by global energy leader for its Engineering Agency Workers & Engineering Consultancy Workers Category”.


C£60-80000 (Dependent on Experience) + Bonus + Excellent Blue-Chip Benefits Package


Location: North West (Hybrid)


Commutable from Ellesmere Port, Mold, Wrexham, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Chester, Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes, Liverpool, Crewe, Knutsford, Macclesfield, South Manchester, Wigan, Newton le Willows, Leigh, Heywood, Skelmersdale.


This is a permanent opportunity for a highly experienced graduate calibre, CIPS qualified procurement professional to join a global multinational energy environment within its indirect spend area covering the Recruitment Solutions and specifically Engineering Agency Workers & Engineering Consultancy Workers Category. Experience in similar recruitment solutions will be essential to success in this role.


Our client is a multi-site manufacturing/processing and complex matrix organisation undertaking multiyear, £multimillion EPC projects.


The Senior Buyer/Category Specialist will operate as part of a large procurement category management team, and will work closely with national, European, and global divisions and business units.


The Role:

  • The delivery of agreed category plans through the execution of strategic sourcing projects to meet business partner requirements, maximizing value for our client.
  • Contributing to the development of category plans by creating and owning sub-category plans
  • Support the development of medium to long range category plans and be able to influence the development of value delivery plans through knowledge of local needs and local supply markets.
  • The implementation of strategic sourcing and supplier management activities to deliver in year value as well as using knowledge of local needs and supplier capabilities to contribute to the development of long-range category plans developed using standard company tools and communicated through the appropriate governance models.
  • Savings delivery is a critical component of the role and Senior Buyer will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of reporting and management of value outlooks in standard company reporting tools.
  • Collaborate with project specific stakeholders to ensure change management is efficient and effective to guarantee sustainable value delivery.
  • Change management is a key challenge in the role and Senior Buyers/Category Specialists must have expert influencing and negotiation skills alongside key technical competencies relating to procurement transactional planning, commercial contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • As Senior Buyer/Category Specialist you will provide the first line of supplier performance management activities to ensure sustainable and secure supply of goods and services to support ongoing safe and effective operation of facilities.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Will be of graduate calibre /university degree educated, part or fully qualified CIPS, with previous multinational strategic commercial procurement, buying and sourcing experience.
  • Recruitment Solutions category management experience including agency workers and consultancy workers will be essential for this role. 
  • Commercial procurement/tactical and strategic buying experience gained within a multinational matrix organisation.
  • Currently working as a Buyer, Senior Buyer, Category Specialist or Category Manager for a large matrix organisation such as an EPC Engineering & Procurement Contractor, Construction and Civil Engineering or other large Infrastructure Projects leader.
  • Experienced in sourcing, negotiation, and management of £multimillion spend categories.
  • Experienced in developing strategic category plans.
  • A proven track record of working with senior stakeholders across multiple sites.
  • Self-starter, with lots of initiative, drive, and ambition to succeed.
  • Confidence and capability Must be able to influence at all levels of the organisation through strong relationship management.
  • Excellent analytical, research, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent team working ability, particularly with suppliers and sourcing managers.
  • Ability to develop and manage strong relationships both internally and externally (e.g. suppliers).
  • Highly motivated with a drive for results – performance focussed.
  • Strong integrity ensuring procurement operates to high standards and is fully trusted by its internal and external stakeholders.
  • Naturally analytical and inquisitive.
  • Experience of SAP/SAP Ariba procurement systems essential.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail to derive accurate and insightful recommendations.


Our client offers excellent development and the opportunity to make a real difference in a business that really values its people.

To apply without delay, please email your CV quoting reference LX 1919888 



  • Plant Manager - Manufacturing & Production Processing
    £65000 - £85000 per annum Car/Allowance, Bonus & Benefits


    "High profile leadership and transformational change management role for Plant Management professional with a track record of people development, engagement and continuous improvement leading to best-in-class OEE and safety."

    c.£Very Competitive Car/Allowance, Bonus & Benefits

    Northern Home Counties

    Commutable from Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire

    Our client is a market leader within the construction/building materials sector and operates several plants in the UK.

    They are seeking a professional Site/Plant Manager, ideally educated to degree standard in an engineering discipline or similar, to take the lead at a strategically important site located in the Northern Home Counties

    The Site/Plant Manager will provide leadership, guidance and direction for manufacturing and production operations, ensuring sustainable performance aligned with strategic corporate objectives and delivery of business commitments. As Site/Plant Manager you will be responsible for optimising labour, site safety, material and equipment resources to maximise the Plants production capability and meet customer expectations with excellent quality and service as the site takes on increased customer volumes.

    The ideal candidate will possess a strong technical engineering and production background gained within the heavy processing industry and will be able to build a vision referenced to experience in "best in class" plant management. The Site/Plant Manager will be a strong leader with the ability to challenge, drive, coach, inspire and motivate a team to become "best in class". You will also be an excellent problem solver, structured, systematic and logical with a track record of project management in the context of turnaround, transformation and continuous improvement.

    The Role:

    * Operating a safe Plant, continuously driving towards sustaining a positive safety and health culture.

    * Develop a long-term vision for the plant.

    * Provide exemplary leadership, setting demanding standards and driving high performance from the team.

    * Build a customer focussed performance culture within the business and a climate to inspire the team to achieve world class performance and reliability.

    * Ensure that the production commitments in terms of volume, deadlines, and product conformity are met.

    * Ensure the plant complies with UK legislation, with specific regard to health & safety, environmental and employment laws.

    * Be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the plant performance plan, plant team assessment and budget to achieve identified improvements.

    * Ensure product quality meets agreed targets and ensure that plant capability is sustained through optimisation of the process.

    * Manage the operating and capital budgets, maintaining a vigilant approach to reducing costs.

    * Lead and manage change programmes with clear goals, drive and engagement; Drive for continuous improvement.

    * Ensure positive working relations with employees and their representatives within the plant.

    The Ideal Candidate:

    * Ideally degree educated in Engineering or similar. Must understand engineering and business principles. Technical knowledge of manufacturing, and modern maintenance technology and methods will be integral to success and credibility in this role.

    * Consistent multinational industry career history including existing or recent experience as a Site/Plant Manager.

    * Track record of people development, engagement, change and continuous improvement leading to best-in-class OEE and safety standards.

    * Experience in Project Management, business and systems analysis highly advantageous but people management and leadership is key and foremost to success in this role.

    * Experienced Lean or Continuous Improvement champion, including 5S, with track record of excellent team development and engagement in this context would be an advantage.

    * Demonstrable experience of cross functional and multi-level interaction and working in a matrix organisation.

    * Led & achieved results in a multi or single site role, managing cross functionally.

    * Experience of leading and managing employee relations at a senior level within a unionised environment.

    * Proven skills and capabilities in leadership, communication, capability, collaboration, and problem solving.

    * Excellent experience of £multimillion financial and budgetary management, the budgeting process and CAPEX business case approval process.

    * Fluent Business English both verbal and written.

    * IT literate across Microsoft

    * Resilient, driven, results focused personality - a high achiever

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Chief Executive Officer - Social Housing Sector

    "Executive Leadership Opportunity in a Progressive Housing Association."


    £100-130,000 (Dependent on Experience) Benefits


    West Midlands


    Martin Veasey Talent Solutions are pleased to present a unique and prestigious opportunity for an adept and forward-thinking leader to join a distinguished Housing Association as their new CEO. Our client is seeking a visionary individual who can steer the organisation towards new horizons of success while ensuring a continued commitment to integrity, quality, and transparency.


    The Role:


    As the CEO, you will be the driving force behind our strategic development and operational management. This is a unique opportunity to pioneer excellence and inclusivity across all services, inspiring a culture of innovation and resilience. Your leadership will be instrumental in a period of transformational change, ensuring alignment with our strategic goals and tenants' best interests.


    Key Responsibilities:


    · Strategic Direction: Architect and champion the organisation's strategy and business plan while fostering an ethos of progressive and innovative leadership during times of change.


    · Senior Management Leadership: Chair the executive and senior management teams to propagate operational distinction and ensure the organisation's objectives are precisely met.


    · Culture and Change Management: Cultivate an organisational culture that is attuned to delivering the strategy, embracing change and prioritising key areas of development.


    · External Relationships: Serve as an ambassador for the organisation, nurturing partnerships and collaborations that bolster the organisation's position and service delivery.


    · Governance and Compliance: Steer the company within its governance framework, validating that all statutory and legal requirements are met while upholding an effective relationship with the Board of Directors.


    · Human Resources Development: Oversee HR initiatives with an acute focus on training, development, and employee wellbeing, ensuring the adoption of emerging HR trends.


    · Financial Oversight: Guarantee the organisation's financial health satisfies all financial covenants and provide prudent counsel to the Board on compliance and solvency matters.


    About You:


    As a leader, you guide with unwavering integrity, respecting the company's obligations and stakeholders' needs. Your ethical and principled approach is crucial to our client's success. In addition, you will be:


    * A proven leader with significant executive experience, preferably within the Housing Association sector or similar third sector/public sector environments.

    * A strategist with an impeccable track record of delivering results through leadership and collaboration.

    * A change agent, adept at navigating organisational transformations with agility and resilience.

    * A communicator who values stakeholder engagement and possesses the gravitas to represent the organisation at all levels.

    * Happy to work on site at Head Office in the Midlands as a visible leader, empowering people and change to deliver exceptional outcomes for the communities it serves.

    * Degree educated with significant experience and track record gained at Director/Executive officer level in social housing, third or public sector.



    Join Our Client:


    This is not just a job. It's a chance to lead, transform, and elevate an organisation that is vital to community development. If you are motivated by purpose and want a role where your actions can make a lasting impact, we invite you to apply.


    Application Process:


    To express your interest in this pivotal CEO role, please send your CV, quoting LX 2319677 or call us on 01905 381 320. We look forward to hearing from you.



  • Shift Maintenance Supervisors
    c£50-65000 including Shift Allowance + Bonus & Excellent Blue-Chip Benefits



    "Excellent role focused on improving Reliability, PPM & OEE at a flagship manufacturing site with great career progression"


    c£50-65000 including Shift Allowance + Bonus & Excellent Blue-Chip Benefits


    Essex, South East


    Commutable from Romford, Basildon, Chigwell, Grays, Northfleet, Gravesend, Dartford, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Rayleigh, South Benfleet, Barking, Dagenham, Greenwich, Waltham Forrest, Hackney, Tilbury, Southend on Sea, Billericay, Harlow, Cheshunt, Waltham Abbey, Potters Bar, Havering, Hornchurch, Epping, Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Maidstone.



    Our client, part of a global multinational, is a market leader and operates a number of production plants in the UK.


    Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Shift Maintenance Supervisors will lead a maintenance and engineering team including electrical and mechanical fitters. The site operates 24/7 and you will rotate shifts every two weeks but always remaining with the same maintenance team ensuring that you build engagement and camaraderie. The focus will be to operationally improve reliability, PPM and OEE by ensuring that plant equipment and maintenance systems are maintained, developed, and improved within a lean manufacturing and Continuous Improvement environment and culture.

    Career prospects are excellent as this role is part of a succession plan for the site and also in terms of other engineering maintenance opportunities across the organisation.


    As a Shift Maintenance Supervisor, the focus will be on safety first and zero harm and you will champion and proactively promote this safe working ethos amongst your team and contractors. You will lead the daily shift supervision of a production critical engineering and maintenance department on a processing/manufacturing site.


    Therefore, our client is seeking an Engineering professional (electrical and/or mechanical) with a recent track record of engineering and maintenance team supervision gained within a "best in class", quality focused, manufacturing operation. You may have gained this experience through a secondment, or it could be that you have been operating at shift lead or supervisor or assistant level already but feel that you have the potential and ambition to achieve even more.


    You will inspire, motivate, and develop a proactive and highly competent shift maintenance and engineering team. You will work closely with the Production Manager, and cross functional colleagues in improving all maintenance and engineering operations - process control, mechanical, and electrical across inspection, planning, scheduling, execution, and improvement phases.


    You will play a key part in delivering a culture of continuous improvement and proactive maintenance not only in maintenance and engineering operations but also safety and health, environmental compliance, and plant reliability.


    The Role

    · Develop a high-performing shift engineering and maintenance team.

    · Ensure compliance with all relevant statutory legislation and the internal company Safety, Health, and Environmental Standards.

    · Drive improvements in plant availability and performance, including costs, through the implementation of company engineering maintenance best practices across your shift.

    · To monitor and ensure implementation and delivery of engineering maintenance procedures, initiatives, and controls across the shift.

    · Liaise between functions to ensure teamwork, consistency, coordination, and best practice to eliminate losses from poor practices or communication and to expedite learning.

    · Ensure the application of defect elimination/Pareto/root cause failure analysis to all losses on your shift making recommendations for resolutions.

    · Support the development of engineering staff by defining, and where necessary, providing training in activities that support maintenance improvement and coaching.

    · Operate within KPI's to monitor the performance of all maintenance employees and contractors on your shift.


    The Ideal Candidate:

    · HNC/HND/Degree/Time served apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

    · Qualifications in 17th/18th edition or similar, IOSH, NEBOSH would be highly advantageous.

    · Your shift engineering & maintenance team supervisory experience will be from a very high safety culture, FMCG or industrial manufacturing/production processing sector. This could be from a heavy processing industry.

    · Experience in improving reliability, PPM and OEE in a large manufacturing/processing site.

    · Experience using lean and continuous improvement techniques will be highly advantageous.

    · Good level of IT literacy is essential i.e., Microsoft and maintenance management and process control systems.

    · You will have a demonstrable track record of maintenance team supervision, motivation and development.