Category Buyer

Posted 3 July by SF Group Easy Apply Ending soon

SF Group are recruiting for a Category Specialist. You will report in to the Purchasing Manager as the Category Buyer. Our client is looking ideally for a category specialist and even better if you are used to raw materials for manufacturing with a bit of regulation complexity around it.

What will you be doing?

  • Significant annual expenditure
  • Responsible for all spend in given categories
  • Carry out detailed spend analysis and produce category reviews together with recommended category strategies
  • Look at all methods of reducing spend, including specifications, usage, lifecycles, price and working capital requirements
  • Prepare specifications in conjunction with end users and issue tenders as appropriate
  • Analyse tenders and award contracts
  • Work with existing suppliers to look at new products & methods of working
  • Investigate new sources of supply and alternative products
  • Develop methods and procedures of working and keep records of these up to date
  • Liaise with production and planning teams to provide assistance where supply issues cannot be directly solved
  • Review supplier performance and develop action plans with the supplier to improve performance where necessary
  • Develop cost saving program for own area and input data in the Budget process
  • Liaise and share best practice with other Group companies
  • Negotiate with suppliers to deliver cost savings
  • Review contract documentation and negotiate amendments where necessary
  • Support all UK plants and seek deals that cover all sites to maximise spending power
  • Ensure contracts are up to date, pricings correct and resolve invoice queries
  • Follow key commodity prices, exchange rates and market changes to ensure all purchases continue to provide best cost solutions
  • Be involved in Capital Purchase projects (CAPEX) where relevant
  • Provide strategic overview and support for all categories and assist with development work in areas such as Risk, Procedures and Quality

What will you need?

  • GCSEs or equivalent in Mathematics and English at Grade C or above
  • Degree educated with MCIPS or working towards preferred
  • Experience of Category Management Approaches
  • Strategic Purchasing experience of 3 years or more
  • Analytical ability, with great attention to detail
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Experienced at persuading and influencing at all (especially senior) levels
  • Capable of building category plans and implementing a strategy
  • Demonstrable track record of delivering extensive bottom line benefits
  • Ability to understand complex business issues
  • Ability to network and build strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Experience of dealing with low cost country suppliers advantageous
  • Strong IT skills especially Excel, but also Word, Outlook and PowerPoint or equivalents
  • MRP system experience
  • Able to travel frequently according to job demands, both nationally and internationally

This is a permanent position paying c£40,000 per annum.

Reference: 35534237

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