Procurement Manager

About Coombes

Working in partnership with Network Rail and, alongside other major contractors, COOMBES provide a whole manner of off-track services, including vegetation management, on-track plant hire, ecological support, civil engineering and fencing.  All while maintaining a focus on quality, safety and efficiency.


We have seen recent significant growth as a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail and are looking for a new Procurement Manager to help us provide a ‘Gold-Standard’ service that is second to none.


COOMBES is a family-run SME where we value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team so that we may give our clients the best possible service.  We strive to provide a supportive environment where you can be your best self and have a tangible impact.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy being a be part of, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

We have a really exciting opportunity for an experienced Procurement Manager to design, lead and manage a new Procurement function at Coombes. You will draw on your skills, experience and knowledge to establish an effective and forward-thinking service, to support our growing business.


As Procurement Manager, you will prepare and manage all contracts and agreements with suppliers and sub-contractors, utilising your negotiation skills to achieve good value. You’ll be responsible for the supplier onboarding process and managing relationships with approved suppliers.  We’ll also look to you to review our current Procurement provision, advising and implementing improvements informed by your experience of best practice.  


You will be adept at analysing supply markets and identifying trends in order to ensure the efficient provision of goods, services and materials across the business.  You will be a proactive communicator and keep key stakeholders informed of contract performance, value, compliance and safety through effective reporting and forecasting. Your proven ability to build excellent working relationships is therefore essential.


COOMBES provides an environment where you will be supported to draw on your experience to design and grow your function.  


As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company, candidates must have the following:

·        Degree in related subject, or equivalent experience.

·        Professional qualification in procurement or contract management(e.g., MCIPS, IACCM), or working towards.

·        Significant experience at Procurement/Contracts Manager level.

·        Experience within, or knowledge of, the Rail, Civils or Forestry industries is desirable.

Salary: We offer the right candidate a highly competitive package

Working Hours: 40 per week

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

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We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

For a full role profile please contact the HR Team on 01730 231761 or email  

To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email to or to our Recruitment Coordinator at Coombes UK, Unit6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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