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Senior Buyer

  • Reference IP28236-DT
  • Salary £40,000 - £60,000
  • Location Port Talbot
  • Job type Permanent

Sourcing Manager - Commutable from Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea

A well established and very successful company in are looking for a highly experienced senior procurement and supply chain professional to join their team.The role reports directly into the Operations Director and you will have responsibility for ethically sourcing, negotiating and purchasing components, raw materials and creative packaging solutions from around the world with international travel involved.

Main Responsibilities

Proactively manage supplier relationships and performance.
Develop and take ownership of sourcing strategies for direct materials (raw materials/packaging).
Negotiate product costs & MOQ’s ensuring they are within agreed margin guidelines, and stock targets.
Manage all year-round demand for trials, new products and replenishment programs.
Create and maintain a database of various suppliers that can be used in the future for new products, second sourcing and alternate supply.
Direct link between Brand team, Private label manager and Supply Chain, ensuring all product/stock/supplier decisions are communicated to the teams in a timely manner.
Track, understand and predict commodity price movements to feed in to the budget and purchasing strategies.
Work with NPD team (New Product development) to ensure products go on trial to ascertain sales viability.
Ensure sourced products (where applicable) meet all EU regulations together with strict Company brand ethics.
Source new packaging suppliers to meet the changes required to move the Company forward.
Auditing of new suppliers in collaboration with colleagues in the Operations department. Support and work closely with the Operations Director.

Essential Skills and Experience

Ideally ‘degree’ level education in a business or commercial discipline or equivalent.
CIPS Educated or working towards CIPS (or equivalent) may be seen as an advantage.
Previous experience as an autonomous buyer in sourcing/purchasing or supply chain/manufacturing. Entrepreneurial and resourceful together with a high level of commercial acumen.

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