Posted 8 March by Macildowie Associates

The Macildowie Procurement & Supply Chain team have been engaged to recruit a Buyer to join the Milton Keynes based sourcing team of a leading FTSE 100 manufacturing business.

They are looking to appoint a pro-active, creative and driven Buyer to manage the purchase of materials and goods. This person will thrive on the challenge of achieving to deadlines and consistently meeting goals.

This is a newly created role that will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to influence the shape and scope of the position.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Purchase goods and materials to ensure that the company operational needs are met, taking into account price, quality and delivery and to ensure continuity of supply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Purchase goods and materials in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Support the purchasing function and other relevant departments and communicate any supply problems which may impact on business operations
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant departments on purchasing processes and new projects and activities
  • Monitor and advise on any issues which present risk or opportunity to the organisation
  • Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers
  • Provide analysis on costs, new and existing and review cost reduction activities
  • Prepare reports and updates as and when required
  • Work closely with others in the procurement function and review opportunities for continuous improvement and business improvements
  • Adhere to any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
  • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
  • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and contribute to performance reviews to ensure contract compliance
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues

Self Management

  • Comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Assertive, resilient and welcomes change
  • Engages interest and participation of others and has a collaborative approach to working together
  • Proactively contributes to the team
  • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings

Skills and Attributes:

  • Able to build and maintain effective and productive relationships with staff, stakeholders and suppliers
  • Good communication, negotiation, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Analytical, numerically astute with strong demonstrated problem solving abilities
  • Able to manage time effectively, prioritise tasks and achieve set targets
  • Commercial and financial awareness with a full understanding of how failure impacts the production, manufacture and customer order fulfilment

Qualifications and Experience Levels:

  • Relevant business/commercial or manufacturing/engineering degree preferred
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or similar qualification or studying towards CIPS qualification would be beneficial
  • Previous experience of working in a purchasing team preferably within a manufacturing environment

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