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Contract Buyer

Posted 6 February by Marketplace Group Easy Apply Ended

Leading Transportation Manufacturer requires a Contract Buyer to ensure the supply of purchased parts and services to production facilities in line with the business needs in the most cost effective & time critical way whilst ensuring the best P&L for the business

Resource Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the cost management of commodity groups for a supplier spend in excess of £100m.
  • Operating headcount - 0
  • Lead the maintenance/management of Company suppliers to support the needs of the business and select best in class suppliers.
  • To manage the total cost of acquisition and support the needs for responsible accounts
  • Adhere to all aspects of procedures and practices
  • Support areas of the purchasing department and other departments/areas as appropriate


  • Review & understand commodity and market pricing via analysis of raw material fluctuations, currency movement and market trends/demands to support cost reduction via negotiation, internal waste reduction projects & design/development improvements.
  • Negotiate long term contracts, manage supply base and instigate supplier improvement programmes
  • Work closely with development & engineering teams in evaluating new products & technology to obtain best market pricing
  • Undertake make or buy scenarios, local cooperative purchasing and implement as necessary
  • Adhere to administration systems ensuring agreed processes of the purchase cycle such as order format, delivery schedules etc are complied with
  • Undertake training to ensure that the required standards are achieved.
  • Report on a monthly basis all cost reduction achievements, rolling project programmes and all key performance indicators. To mitigate price increases imposed on the business from the supply base
  • Support improvement projects including Six Sigma initiatives
  • Update and control of visual KPI’s and 5S audits boards
  • Act as an Ambassador for the Company, operating with integrity and drive appropriate to the Company’s values, to promote as a market leader.
  • Cost reduction / Cost Increase management and reporting on a PO to PO basis
  • Cost Reduction Savings- Process & Waste, Development & Engineering, Cost of Quality
  • Inventory Reduction - Number of Suppliers on inventory reduction programmes and value of product & Contract Status: (suppliers under contract) and agreed price structures


  • Interface with all areas of the business including assembly, supply chain, development, engineering and external suppliers


  • Experience in the complete 'Purchase Cycle’ and MRP systems
  • CIPS or equivalent qualifications preferred
  • Computer literate in prime Microsoft applications
  • The ability to communicate well at all levels by showing good presentation skills with a willingness to embrace change
  • Data driven with good negotiation skills supported by a desire to achieve best market pricing
  • An understanding of budgets and manufacturing, ideally with a background in marine or luxury brands.

Reference: 34412857

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