0845 257 6686
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-4.30pm | Friday 8am-3pm
The primary role of the category buyer is to develop and manage the sourcing strategy for externally purchased materials. By owning and developing relationships with the supply base, the buyer will promote cost effective procurement which delivers value through quality product, delivered on time.
Close Liaison with External supply base for allocated categories.
Key internal stakeholders at multiple sites, including senior management, material and quality teams, purchasing, engineering and operations. Position will encompass some customer facing activities.
Key Areas of Job
Ø Creation and communication of sourcing strategies for allocated commodities, covering total spend across the Group
Ø Responsible for defining the supply base and rationalising the number of suppliers used to leverage spend and reduce complexity
Ø Development and nurture of robust & productive relationships with external suppliers, acting as liaison between the business and supplier
Ø Management of supplier performance, coordinating SPM meetings to maximise performance across the group
Ø Development & negotiation of pricing and supply contracts
Ø Cost avoidance, cost management and cost reduction
Ø Continuous improvement of the supply base targeting delivery, quality & cost.
Ø NPI support including the identification and selection of materials, suppliers, technologies, and processes
Ø Coordinate and (where required) provide administrative support for supplier set-up, MRP management and Purchase Order release.
Ø Coordination of category strategies with key internal stakeholders
Ø Development of & compliance with purchasing processes
Ø Any other duties deemed necessary to support the business
Key Post Holder Requirements
Ø In depth knowledge and experience of RFI, RFQ & supplier selection processes
Ø Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret commercial data & engineering drawings.
Ø Excellent people skills with strong written & verbal communication
Ø Highly organised with ability to accurately record & report on activity
Ø Self-motivated with ability to work remotely without direct supervision
Ø Commercial experience in sourcing direct products and services
Ø Capable of interpretation, negotiation, and management of supply contracts
Ø Ability to build and nurture supplier relationships
Ø Confident with negotiation and issue resolution
Ø Ability to liaise and work with internal & external stakeholders
Ø Ability to work as part of a nationwide team
Ø Prepared to travel to suppliers & group locations (Travel expectation approximately 10 - 20%)
Ø Fully conversant with M.S. Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
Ø Purchasing experience within the off highway or automotive sector
Ø Knowledge of fabrication and welding
Ø Proven experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations
Ø Competent user of MRP systems