Manager Purchasing

Date: 09-May-2019

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: Civmec

About the Company

Civmec is an integrated multi-disciplinary heavy engineering and construction provider to the metals and minerals, oil and gas, infrastructure, as well as marine and defence markets. Our diversification enables us to operate extensively across the nation.

The Opportunity

Civmec has an exciting opportunity available for an experienced Purchasing / Supply Chain Manager to become an intergal member of our management team for the construction of twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as part of the Australian Commonwealth’s SEA1180 Program.

This Henderson WA based role will commence immediately working closely with the OPV Project Manager.  The first two OPVs are already under construction in South Australia, before construction of the remaining ten moves to Henderson in early 2020. These ten vessels will be constructed at our purpose-built state-of-the-art 53,000 sqm 70-metre high facility, currently under construction and due for completion in late 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Foster a collaborative environment with internal Project Team and the client to effectively manage and accomplish supply chain objectives.
  • Develop, implement and maintain purchasing procedures and practices to ensure competitive cost, highest quality and timely delivery.
  • Continuously identify, measure, improve, and follow supply chain processes.
  • Understand and articulate business and supply chain characteristics, market conditions as well as personal and project strategies as related to supplier and commodities.
  • Develop and mentor direct reports in business professionalism, negotiation techniques, cost reduction strategy development and execution, contract development, supply chain management, and efficient project and time management.
  • Develop and foster positive and mutually beneficial business relationships with suppliers.
  • Develop, monitor and report key performance indicators.
  • Issue and review quotes, contact vendors, and award component bids, as required.
  • Negotiate and buy supplies, materials, equipment, software, and services consistent with cost, quality, and delivery expectations, as required.
  • Work with the Project Team to develop and negotiate contractual agreements for equipment, services, software, and supplies, as required.
  • Travel to supplier locations to evaluate capabilities and lead business meetings, as required.
  • Review requisitions and purchase orders to ensure proper authorization and complete information.
  • Place purchase orders typically for inventory and non-inventory materials, supplies, raw materials and/or professional services.
  • Interface with Project Team regarding vendor performance and price increases to resolve issues.

About You



  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in business management or accounting, or equivalent experience


  • MCIPS certification




  • At least 7 years of progressive purchasing experience
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong computer skills - MS Word, Excel and purchasing ERP System(s)


  • Practical knowledge of construction or fabrication industry within the Defence or Ship Building Sector
  • Working knowledge of COINS ERP system
  • Having an international supplier base




  • Excellent negotiating and analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust to changing priorities and short deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good judgement in decision-making and creative business skills in solving problems
  • Ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities


Civmec + You

At Civmec, we offer an inclusive workplace with a ‘Never Assume’ culture,   supported by our experienced management team. Our Reward and Recognition program acknowledges our employees’ achievements and contributions to Civmec’ s success. Staff employment benefits include accident and sickness insurance, access to novated leasing, and other offers from our corporate partners such as health insurance, discounted white goods and holiday travel discounts.

How to Apply

If you feel this role is for you, please click the “Apply” link to start your application. We look forward to hearing from you and starting the pathway to your career with Civmec.

Civmec is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
We respectfully request no agency submissions

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