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  • Location: Pontypool
  • Salary: £30k - 35k per year + pension, 25 days holiday per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 18 days ago

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Function: Purchasing and procurement
  • Contact: Dan Plimmer
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01384 446 174
  • Expiry Date: 01 November 2021
  • Job Ref: 59230



South Wales


Up to £35,000, 25 days holiday, pension

This business is a niche automotive design and vehicle builder that is currently undergoing a huge period of growth, with the introduction of new product lines and clients and as a result is looking for a Buyer  to be responsible for Issuing RFI ,RFQ and supplier order book management. You will plan and raise orders against the MRP system manual demand requirements, ensuring you regularly update the MRP / ERP system .  There will be an element of travel with the role, and you must be able to travel to other  production locations and  suppliers based within the UK or Overseas as and when required. As such a clean driving licence and passport are essential.

This is an exciting, new role for a procurement specialist who has ideally worked in automotive OEM or a tier supplier, purchasing a variety of components including plastic injection mouldings, interior trim, wheels, tyres, braking systems and other associated parts for vehicle build.

Key Activities:

  • Benchmarking suppliers and make strategic decisions that delivery Quality, Cost and Delivery to support the programme requirements
  • Generation and execution of RFIs & RFQs
  • Negotiation of prices, terms and conditions, long term agreements
  • Using demand data to raise necessary purchase orders to support direct production and aftermarket
  • Identify, assess, and manage supply chain risks
  • Support Supplier Development / Quality initiatives
  • Understand manufacturing and system processes/procedures and challenge design/processes to optimise lead time and cost
  • Identify quality, cost, and delivery improvement opportunities, and drive them through to completion
  • Ensuring that material ordered are delivered on time and in full, and to the correct quality standards
  • To ensure communication to suppliers is of a consistently high standard
  • Managing Supplier performance
  • Performing Cost-down activities
  • Participate in continuous improvement activities to improve purchasing procedures and increase efficiency
  • To resolve discrepancy and invoice queries in line with your area of responsibility
  • Ensure all KPI’s are reported and updated in accordance with requirements

Key qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • Must have previous experience of international sourcing and buying for manufactured products.
  • A strong understanding and experience with MRP / ERP, ideally Epicor
  • Ability to cope within a fast-paced SME
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of engineering would be ideal
  • A CIPS qualification or working / willingness to work towards would be beneficial
  • Must be computer literate, communicate accurately and effectively
  • Have an appreciation of wider business demands
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment, providing input and feedback in a professional manner
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and ability to work under pressure
  • Proactive and positive approach, with a desire to succeed both personally and for the business































































Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.