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Purchasing manager

Mandarin speaking

Job Type: Full time

Location: Central London

Salary package: £27,000- £32,000 DOE (depends on experience)


Our client is a fast growing start-up which was featured in The Sunday Times fast track ranking ‘’Ones to Watch’’ for 2018. They are an international retailer and brand owner of health, beauty and lifestyle products, always aiming to provide innovative and functional products to their consumers. Their values are to be customer focused, always on trend, globally recognized/trusted brand and strive to offer the highest quality products at all times. Founded in 2013, our client has HQ in London and operations throughout the UK, Europe and USA.


We are seeking a candidate who is passionate, has an excellent understanding and experience of supply chain and purchasing operations. The candidate must also be proactive and have experience liaising with Chinese suppliers/factories. Since most of their products are manufactured in China, they require a fluent/native Mandarin and English speaker to manage supply chain and purchasing operations.


Ideaboxes Limited is an international recruitment and consultancy agency. It specialises in finding UK businesses experienced Chinese bilingual candidates. Ideaboxes aims to provide outstanding support for businesses and offer professional career advice for Chinese speakers based in the UK. By delivering this service, Ideaboxes can act as a bridge between distinguished employers and high-level job seekers. By recruiting the best Chinese candidates for employers, this will assist in the development of an expanding Chinese market and meet the increasing demand for Chinese speakers in the work place, worldwide.




Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Liaising through phone calls and emails with suppliers- 15 Chinese factories.

  • Oversee existing orders in production by communicating with suppliers.

  • Placement of new orders with suppliers.

  • Negotiation of contracts and prices with the suppliers.

  • Cooperate with quality control inspectors in China.

  • Resolve any existing issues regarding factories and suppliers.

  • Support Operations Manager in the supervision of logistics operations

  • Support in monitoring shipments which are in transit.

  • Sourcing of new products, factories and suppliers using previously gained knowledge of the Chinese market.

  • Explore opportunities to launch and develop our brands in China through E-commerce market.

  • Plan and implement platform launch in China through Chinese culture and online shopping knowledge.



Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent written/verbal English and Chinese

  • Experience in supply-chain

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills and negotiation expertise.

  • Teamwork approach and customer focused.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise.

  • Familiar Chinese culture and background.

  • Experience sourcing products from Chinese suppliers and manufactures.

  • Candidate must be eligible to work in the UK for at least 6 months.

  • Visa sponsorship may possibly be provided after 3 month probation period.




Please Note: In line with the requirements of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.


Due to the high volume of applicants it is only possible to contact successful candidates within 14 days.

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