Category Buyer

GBP28000.00 - GBP33000.00 per annum +
20 Apr 2017
20 May 2017
Emma Burns
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Category buyer to develop & manage the sourcing strategy for externally purchased components and services.

Your new company
External global suppliers as well as all areas of the business, in particular, purchasing, engineering & operations.

Your new role

  • Creation of a long term sourcing strategy for allocated commodities covering total spend across the 3 businesses.
  • Responsible for defining the supply base and rationalising the number of suppliers used to leverage spend and reduce complexity
  • Development of robust & productive supplier relationships
  • Lead role in management of supplier performance, coordinating SPM meetings to maximise inbound performance across the group
  • Development of pricing through tendering & component assessment forms (CAFs)
  • Cost avoidance and management of increases via negotiation & benchmarking
  • All aspects of cost reduction to meet department targets
  • Continuous improvement of the supply base targeting delivery, quality & cost.
  • NPI support including the identification of new suppliers, technology and processes
  • Coordination of the category strategy with key internal stakeholders; supporting the site buyers in their tactical delivery of the strategy
  • Development of & compliance with purchasing processes
  • Role may include day to day management of a site buyer
  • Any other duties deemed necessary to support the business.

What you'll need to succeed

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong written & verbal communication.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret commercial data
  • Organised with ability to accurately record & report on activity
  • Fully conversant with M.S. Office particularly, Excel.
  • Confident with negotiation and issue resolution.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work remotely without direct supervision.
  • Ability to liaise and work with internal stakeholders
  • Ability to work as part of a nationwide team
  • Experience of tendering & procurement processes
  • Prepared to travel to suppliers & group locations (Travel expectation approximately of 20 - 25%)

What you'll get in return
Competitive salary of £28-£30k plus benefits

What you need to do now
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