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Strategic Buyer/Senior Buyer

  • Reference IP28292-DT
  • Salary £30,000 - £40,000
  • Location Bridgend
  • Job type Permanent

Strategic Buyer/Senior Buyer - Bridgend - £40K

A highly experienced Strategic/Senior Buyer is required for a well established manufacturer in the Bridgend area. The Senior Buyer will be an active member of the SMT and be responsible for the sourcing of all direct and indirect goods and services. The ideal candidate will have experience of implementing a company procurement strategy for the future security and overall success of the business.


 Negotiate cost effective supply contracts / framework agreements with suppliers for the procurement of goods or services
 Manage suppliers to ensure supplier delivery performance against target.
 With existing, preferred suppliers, work consistently to find opportunities to make further procurement savings securing best price through supplier negotiations and collaboration to include value engineering, other opportunities including bench marking to prove competitive advantage.
 Manage and develop the suppliers according to both internal systems
 Ensure that system costs are maintained, with correct effectivity dates, and any increases are only agreed in line with Company procedures.
 Ensure all production materials (existing and NPI) are delivered in accordance with planned build time and are in accordance with the Company requirements in terms of specification, quality, delivery (quantity, time and place) while maintaining optimum agreed stock levels, minimising stock outs
 Monitor risks and opportunities in the market and the factors which may affect sourcing options and price / cost fluctuations
 System maintenance and housekeeping, data recording, filing and retention, in compliance with company standards and procedures
 Work closely with Production Planning and Sales to understand current demand and communicate effectively to suppliers in the form of material forecast
 Bench marking of existing supplier price performance against potential new suppliers in the market (worldwide) through comparative analysis.
 Ensure the MRP system is maintained and consistently meets the requirements of the business
 Monthly reporting on agreed KPIs, cost savings, supplier spend, supplier performance and related actions
 Supervise and mentor buyers in their day to day activities in order to meet Company objectives and to develop a succession plan.

Person Specification:

 Minimum 5 years of procurement experience within an SME, high volume, manufacturing environment.
 Preferably CIPS qualified
 Must be innovative in generating savings and reduction of material quote
 Experienced and skilled in supplier sourcing, including Low Cost Country (LCC) sourcing
 Contract management and contract negotiation experience essential

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