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Careers - Strategic Buyer

Job Description - Strategic Buyer

Strategic Buyer to join a growing Procurement team in a fast paced, agile Automotive engineering environment. The successful candidate will take full accountability for a defined purchasing channel, in this case a strategic high technology portfolio of components. This includes close collaboration with Engineering teams, Production and Quality as well as reporting into the Purchasing Manager for the business. As Senior Buyer, your main focus will be commercial management, strategy development (Category Strategy) and implementation and supply chain management for suppliers within your category areas. 


Main Responsibilities: 

● Supporting the Purchasing Manager to develop and implement new Procurement systems and processes 

● Regularly review supplier spend portfolio to seek future savings opportunities, including achieving cost down targets on current bills of materials 

● Reviewing the supplier database to establish preferred and nominated suppliers for specific categories of spend, developing and implementing category strategy 

● Working collaboratively with department heads to ensure all requirements to ensure production, warranty and aftersales work can be achieved within project requirements and to customer expectations 

● Work with suppliers to ensure quality standards are maintained 

● Proactively manage key suppliers and identify opportunities to potentially establish strategic agreements 

● Determining, communicating and delivering Procurement requirements to meet production programme demands 

● Being able to build and manage supplier relationships 

● Work on ad-hoc procurement projects as the company requires 


The Candidate: 

● Excellent communication and negotiation skills 

● Good Supplier relationship management 

● High level of attention to detail and well organised 

● Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise workload 

● Highly flexible individual who can adjust to a very agile environment 

● Proactive, methodical, practical and persistent 

● Able to work well under pressure 

● Comfortable working at all levels of the business including Chief Exec 

● Works well within a team 

● Microsoft Office suite proficient 


Skills and Experience: 

● Preferably CIPS qualified 

● Experience of working in a purchasing role in an engineering and automotive environment 

● Experience of working in a Project Team from inception to delivery, including demonstratable experience of Early Supplier Engagement  

● Strong Category Strategy Experience  

● Experience of establishing and implementing new procurement processes and systems advantageous 

● Previous line management experience is desirable 

● Must have the Right To Work in the UK 



Applicants must have the Right To Work in the UK


Job Type: Full-time

Salary package is dependent upon previous experience.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter in the first instance to stating which role you are applying for.

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