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Markes International has the following job openings

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Reports to: Head of Manufacturing and Engineering

Location: Bridgend, UK.

Primary Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Manufacturing and Engineering the Supply Chain Manager has overall responsibility for all direct and indirect purchasing at Group HQ through to receipt & delivery to point of use.

Leading purchasing and goods receiving teams, you will manage the direct spend (approx. £10m & over 6000 discrete purchased parts) for the Group Manufacturing & Fulfilment facility, alongside indirect purchasing across Group R&D, International Sales, Marketing & Support, and Shared Services. In addition, you will have oversight of indirect spend at our international subsidiary sites worldwide.

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

Vendor Management

  • Manage the sourcing activities of the team with full consideration for the impact of those activities across all aspects of the business, implementing differing strategies where necessary across the category base to ensure optimum cost, quality & delivery metrics.
  • Develop & extend supplier relationships, re-evaluating where necessary, developing dual sourcing plans and other strategic processes to ensure the continuity and stability of raw material supply.
  • Assess, manage, and mitigate risks regarding supply contracts and agreements, including considering external factors (COVID, Brexit, International relations etc.) and how they may affect existing supply chain processes. Develop best/worst case scenarios where applicable.
  • Update & implement a robust supplier evaluation process to assess new suppliers, negotiate terms and agree commitments, audit new suppliers to ensure performance targets are met.
  • Establish an audit routine for existing suppliers and track and report KPIs to monitor supplier performance and quality.
  • Evaluate and negotiate new service contracts with utilities and other service providers as appropriate

Inventory control & MRP

  • Instill a culture of supply delivery within the teams, reviewing processes for the timely identification and communication of issues to the production, manufacturing services and engineering teams.
  • Evaluate & review the current MRP processes & systems, benchmarking against industry standard procedures and completing a Gap analysis. If necessary, generate an improvement plan designed to reduce or eliminate the gaps and improve the efficiency of the MRP process.
  • Ensure all members of the purchasing team – and associated functions – fully understand the mechanisms by which we drive our MRP process and how changes in data or actions will modify the MRP outputs.
  • Work with the Production Manager & Planner to manage inventory levels appropriately.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement contingencies to ensure continuity, stability, and cost of raw materials.
  • Pro-actively strive to minimise shortages which will impact on production and doing everything reasonably possible to ensure supply of materials does not stop production and impact on customer.
  • Pro-actively identify high risk supply items and create appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

Leadership & strategic Management

  • Lead, mentor and develop the Purchasing team to enhance efficiency within the Purchasing process.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to devise and employ broader sourcing strategies taking into consideration company growth (both turnover & geography) and development plans.

Other responsibilities

  • Implement robust processes within the department to ensure consistency and improve quality.
  • Manage purchasing involvement in the New Product Introduction process including delegating responsibility for specific projects to team members as appropriate.
  • Identify and justify the resources necessary to deliver departmental goals.
  • Line management of teams as applicable

This role description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job‐related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments

Knowledge/skills/experience/qualifications

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in a complex manufacturing environment & be accustomed to working with multilevel BOMS containing hundreds of parts. They will have strong leadership, organisational & multi-tasking skills with a proven logical approach towards problem solving, a keen eye for detail and be customer focused.

They will have the ability to build good relationships across various functional teams within the business, have a “can-do” attitude & be able to remain calm under pressure.

Essential criteria

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or similar qualification or studying towards CIPS
  • Demonstrable, hands-on experience of ERP systems including scheduling, stock analysis, change control, MRP and purchasing.
  • Strong leadership & people relationship
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills – driven to solve issues before they escalate and impact on
  • Familiar with International trade (landed costs, import requirements, HTS codes, Incoterms )
  • Experienced with NPI processes & operational change control.
  • Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel / ERP Systems
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with diverse groups of
  • Good contract negotiation skills.

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of the Principles of Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement processes.
  • Experience of Lean/Continuous Improvement tools & techniques within the supply chain
  • Experience with SAP Business One

 

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Reports to: Purchasing manager

Location: Bridgend, UK.

Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, the buyer is responsible for the Purchase of goods, materials, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets.

The role will require the buyer to:

  • support the purchasing function and other relevant departments;
  • ensure materials are ordered in line with requirements and that they are delivered on time and to the correct specification and quality;
  • communicate any supply problems which may impact on business operations;
  • maintain positive, ethical relationships with our suppliers and monitoring their performance.

This role description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job‐related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments

Primary responsibilities

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant departments on purchasing processes and new projects and activities.
  • Monitor and advise on any issues which present risk or opportunity to the organisation.
  • Provide analysis on costs, new and existing and review cost reduction activities.
  • Work closely with others in the purchasing function and review opportunities for continuous improvement and business improvements.
  • Adhere to any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of self, staff and visitors.
  • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and best practice tools and methods.
  • Prepare and raise purchase orders and order schedules.
  • Build, maintain and manage professional supplier relationships and keep up good communications.
  • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Conduct research for new components and suppliers.
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and contribute to performance reviews to ensure contract compliance.
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues.

This role description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other jobrelated duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments

Knowledge/skills/experience/qualifications

The successful candidate will ideally have a proven track record in a complex manufacturing environment. They will have strong organisational & multi-tasking skills with a proven logical approach towards problem solving and a keen eye for detail.

They will have the ability to build good relationships across various functional teams within the business, have a “can-do” attitude & be able to remain calm under pressure.

Essential criteria

  • Understanding of the Principles of Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement processes.
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills – driven to solve issues before they escalate and impact on customer.
  • Have advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel & be proficient in using ERP Systems.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with diverse groups of people.
  • Have excellent people relationship skills.

Desirable criteria

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or similar qualification or studying towards CIPS qualification would be beneficial
  • Experience with mid-end ERP systems such as SAP B1, MS Dynamics, or SAGE.

Experience of Lean/Continuous Improvement tools & techniques within the supply chain environment.

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Reports to: Customer Support Manager

Location: UK, home-based

This role involves service support of our entire portfolio of analytical instrumentation to our customers worldwide. Although based at the Llantrisant HQ the position will require extensive travel throughout the UK and some overseas travel, potentially at short notice.

Primary Responsibilities:

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • On-site installation, maintenance and repair of Markes’ thermal desorption (TD), time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometers and INSIGHT® flow modulation instrumentation.
  • On-site installation, maintenance and repair of third-party analytical products e.g. OEM gas chromatography (GC) products when required.
  • Provision of service in accordance to customer’s entitlements (contract, warranty or channel partner assistance).
  • Documenting fully each service visit within company CRM.
  • Managing escalated service situations through to completion.
  • Reporting of field issues to product development and engineering teams as required.
  • Recognition of sales opportunities following customer communication for additional instrumentation, consumables, training etc.

This role description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job‐related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments

Knowledge/skills/experience/qualifications

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, articulate, have strong communication and people skills and be eager to learn.

Required

  • A degree (or equivalent) in a physical science – preferably chemistry.
  • Proven ability in problem solving following a logical approach.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Articulate in both written and verbal communications.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with customers.
  • Dextrous and confident with repair of mechanical instrumentation.
  • Have the ability to work independently, prioritising work and managing time efficiently.
  • The ability to travel and be away from home for potentially the majority of the working week is essential.

Preferred

  • Hands on experience of GC and GC–MS equipment will be an advantage.

 

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Reports to: Market Development Manager

Location: Group HQ South Wales/Subsidiary offices in Offenbach (Germany), Shanghai (China), Sacramento (California, USA)

Primary Responsibilities

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

Strategy and Business Growth:

  • Identify key opinion leaders for prioritised target opportunities in respective key geographies and support technical collaborations with these influencers.
  • Actively participate in and co-ordinate strategic collaborations with relevant standard agencies and organisations e.g. ISO, CEN, ASTM, FDA etc. to direct and influence their work in developing methods and norms that leverage the broader portfolio.
  • Build and maintain relationships with scientific key opinion leaders and other group stakeholders.
  • Grow revenue, the opportunity funnel, and the strength and depth of customer relationships
    • Support and focus on strategic and key accounts and growth opportunities in the territory. Develop plans and cooperation with strategically important customers/partners in the region.
    • Analyse, determine, and target opportunity areas in cooperation with the line manager, and execution of the associated business development strategy.
    • Identification and development of new high potential customers, markets and applications within the region
    • Direct support of field sales on targeted prospecting and live sales opportunities with technical, application and stakeholder management.
  • Cooperation and support of group stakeholders to ensure business units, market and business development teams and others utilise and incorporate regional market and application data and successes across all regions.
  • Represent the group by presenting at relevant conferences, seminars, webinars, user groups and customer meetings.
  • Close cooperation with wider group resources to ensure coordination of activities and opportunities.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to support or manage individual application, market, or technology projects in-line with the business development requirements.

Sales Support and Motivation:

  • The role will require both the direct development and enhancement of customer relationships relating to applications and consultative sales processes, as well as transfer of skills and knowledge to group sales and distribution teams.
  • Communication of experience and knowledge from customer interactions to internal stakeholders to ensure all identified market opportunities are suitably assessed and addressed.
  • Provide application support and advanced training to commercial teams, including customer meetings and presentations, training for sales and product specialists on new applications and support application development with key customers and distributors.

Sector Marketing:

  • Work alongside the Market Development Manager and Marketing Manager to plan prioritised target marketing campaign.
  • Prepare target-market application and technical support materials, train and develop competence in the sales and distribution teams.
  • Create and participate in webinars, seminars and conferences for customers and events around the world.
  • Together with other Team members, monitor own and competitor’s market share in key segments.
  • Prepare web materials and relevant social media interactions including guru-customer referrals and generally maximise the profile of the company in the relevant sectors

This role description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job‐related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

Knowledge/skills/experience/qualifications

Ideally the candidate will have experience in at least two of the three criteria, listed in priority order:

  1. Subject matter knowledge and expertise/influence.
  2. Technical understanding of GC, GC–MS and the associated markets.
  3. Business/Market development experience.

The candidate would need to be an expert in their field, capable of driving the growth of our core business in this area. They will have strong organisational and multi-tasking skills; the ability to build good relationships across various functional teams within the business, have a “can-do” attitude and be able to remain calm under pressure and changing priorities.

Essential Criteria

  • 3+ years of related experience in one of the following application areas:
    • Ambient Air
    • Indoor Air
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Material Emissions
  • Experience of developing and managing application market initiatives
  • Have a degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or other physical science, or have a proven track record and reputation in the scientific community.
  • Experience of GC, GC–MS instruments and associated sampling techniques 
  • Experience with key Microsoft Office software e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Language skills, English spoken and written fluently, additional language capabilities a distinct advantage (particularly German, Mandarin).

Desirable Criteria

  • PhD in Chemistry or other physical science
  • Be familiar with CRM software (e.g. Salesforce)

 

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