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Category Buyer

Category Buyer

Posted 24 September by Purchasing Professionals
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Category Buyer - 12 month contract - Flint - salary dependent on experience

My client is an innovative, forward thinking, fast paced manufacturing business who is looking to recuit a Buyer to manage independently a range of raw material categories as defined from time to time.

I would love to hear from experience buyers particularly in Packaging or Chemical

The purpose of the Buyer role:

Reporting to the Purchasing Manager this role is responsible for strategic procurement of key raw materials for all manufacturing sites.

The Buyer role will require you to:

  • Able to organise time and workload effectively.
  • Proficient in the use of computer packages i.e. Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and Word along with QAD.
  • All work prepared is to be accurate and completed in a timely manner.
  • To liaise with internal customers and stake holders, across all sites and functions, in a professional manner and to build robust relationships to ensure the satisfactory completion of all tasks assigned.
  • Developing robust and professional relationships with external suppliers and customers.

Daily responsibility

  • Day to day sourcing of key raw materials as assigned.
  • Negotiation of cost, terms and conditions, implementation of contracts and the setting up of confidentiality and supply agreements.
  • Close interaction between all departments and stakeholders across all sites to ensure successful new product introduction
  • Comprehensive analysis on spend, business split, supplier performance and regular issuance of reports with detail
  • Strategic management of external third party contract manufacturers.
  • Being able to manage effectively a broad range of suppliers, domestically, European and also globally, across a diverse range of materials.
  • Any other circumstances that may arise in the course of normal business practice.
  • To be pro active in reducing occurrences of supply chain issues and to react and implement effective resolution of both short and long term issues.
  • Able to manage suppliers effectively.
  • Prioritise tasks.
  • Take own initiative in dealing with problem areas.


  • Minimum 12 months demonstrable experience within a busy office environment.
  • Proficiency and accuracy in the use of Excel, Word, Powerpoint and QAD, training will be provided for the latter.
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices i.e. effective sourcing techniques, cost and contract negotiation and Incoterms.

Interested to find out more? Please apply today

Reference: 36188298

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