Purchasing Manager


If you are looking for a new challenge with a global market leader which designs and manufactures aerospace search and rescue equipment, HR Smith Group of Companies is the one for you.  We are a family run business with over 5 decades of experience and are dedicated to finding the perfect solutions for our customers.  We are currently seeking a Purchasing Manager who will work in close association with the Senior Production Manager to ensure the timely procurement of goods and services in accordance with HR Smith Group requirements.


  • Free onsite parking.
  • Free refreshments (tea and coffee).
  • Casual dress.
  • Company social events.
  • Opportunity for company bonuses.
  • Cost of living reviews carried out annually by the Directors.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off (to be taken any time in the year).
  • Long service holiday accrual scheme where you gain 1 extra holiday day per year from 5-10 years’ service up to a maximum of 26 days.
  • Life Insurance Scheme – 3x annual salary.

Requisite Capabilities:

Relevant experience within the Aerospace or other highly regulated industry would prove advantageous but is not essential.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the purchasing of materials and services to support production demands. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to assume control of the day to day operations of the Purchasing department and staff and ideally possess:

  • 3-5 years’ experience of purchasing materials to support production demands and a variety of general products via Purchase Requisitions.
  • Have comprehensive experience and understanding of best practice purchasing principles.
  • Have significant experience of working within an MRP/ERP system.
  • Must possess a positive/can-do attitude and be able to handle a busy multi-task environment with changing priorities when required.
  • Possess excellent IT, communication and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of implementing cost saving initiatives.
  • To maintain relationships and develop business with new suppliers.
  • Experience of appraisal and selection of new supplies.
  • Good understanding of ISO9001 systems in relation to the Purchasing and Supply function.
  • Experience of Sub-Contract ordering and liaison.
  • Must be willing to fully integrate into the existing team and demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Ability to analyse large quantities of data and produce subsequent reports from this data.


We have a positive, professional and welcoming environment; you will have the opportunity to work within a fully integrated multidisciplinary business. We offer good job security and stability with career development opportunities for the right candidate.  


  • Full time position.      
  • Hours are based on a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm with half an hour each day for lunch. No weekend, evening or bank holiday working.
  • Highly competitive salary – commensurate with experience.
  • Free internal training provided as required.
  • Opportunities to progress, promote internally and up skill.

If you want to find out more about one of Herefordshire’s largest hi-tech companies then please visit our website;  www.hr-smith.com

Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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