Milton Keynes
GBP30000 - GBP37000 per annum +
01 Aug 2017
31 Aug 2017
Michael Stevens
Specialist Area
Purchasing, supply (main)
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

The role of the buyer is to source and procure materials and components for current and new vehicle models consistent with the company requirements in quality, cost and delivery.

Client Details

Global automotive organisation based in Milton Keynes.


  • Manage supplier performance for new vehicle launch ensuring that Quality, Cost and Delivery performance is maintained at high levels in line with Business T&C's.
  • Ensure Product availability at launch of each new model in-line with business objectives
  • Liaising with Production Purchasing, Logistics and Engineering to minimise obsolescence due to part number changes.
  • Work closely with Production Purchasing to ensure that Client services requirements are considered in sourcing decisions as well as cost transparency and compliance to T&C's.
  • Conducts re-sourcing exercises whilst maintaining continuity of supply to meet requirements in the event of non-acceptable price, service or quality performance.
  • Negotiate "all-time-buys" where absolutely necessary once all other avenues have been exhausted, establishes repair and recondition services for parts.
  • Accepts responsibility for obtaining materials, assisting with the resolution of supply problems, by direct personal contact with top supplier management, and assisting suppliers in the procurement of scarce material resources/services.
  • Contributes in conjunction with specialist functions, in solving design, quality and costing problems.
  • Demonstrate strong negotiation skills and an ability to analyse cost data and quickly assimilate supplier processes, in order to drive achievement of Value for Money.
  • To research, identify and select suppliers that improve commercial, quality, delivery and technology performance, in-line with established Purchasing processes.
  • Develop and deliver Commodity Strategies for future sourcing.
  • Demonstrate a confident approach to teamwork and provide purchasing/commercial input into cross-functional teams that effectively contributes to the organisation's goals.
  • Ideally, have a thorough understanding of Quality Approval processes.


  • Educated to degree level
  • The role requires an extensive knowledge within purchasing function within the Automotive Industry.
  • MS office applications
  • Sound analytical ability to be able to understand and analyse large quantities of complex data, and be able to present data and findings to audiences at all levels
  • Team player, ability to integrate and lead problem solving initiatives
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing material and processes

Job Offer

£30,000 - £37,000 + benefits

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