• Location

    West Midlands

  • Sector:

    Automotive, General engineering & manufacturing, Motorsport

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £40k - 48k per year

  • Contact:

    Jon Blaze

  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    01384 446184

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  • Published:

    4 months ago

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My client's organisation is a small, experienced team of people who are passionate about successfully bringing their technologically leading product to market. Each team member has a 'hands on' approach and supports each other for the benefit of the programme.

The Buyer conducts Procurement and Supply Chain activities. This is a highly dynamic and flexible role, and will include working closely with the Head of Procurement & Supply Chain, Supplier Development/ Supplier Quality function and the Chief Engineer as the test & validation programme is completed, BoM cost is optimised and the supplier nomination process is finalised. The Buyer will be responsible for ensuring: that all supplier nominations are carried out according to defined standard process; that gains maximum commercial advantage with each sourcing decision; that adequate order coverage & production scheduling is maintained by part/ by supplier; that effective Supplier Relationship Management is undertaken across a defined group of suppliers; that parts are expedited as required to meet build requirements.


  • Bring suppliers on-board via defined formal nomination process.
  • Negotiate best possible parts and tooling costs, using Total Cost of Ownership methodology.
  • Negotiate best possible contract terms by exception, using standard General Purchase Conditions.
  • Expedite parts as required for urgent build activities.
  • Assess, measure and develop suppliers via on-site Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM).
  • Carry out Supplier Assessments (remote & on site), Implementation of Lean, Best In Quality, Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP) & Advanced Parts Quality Planning (APQP) in conjunction with Supplier Development function.
  • Participate in BoM-wide Value Add/ Value Engineering activities.
  • Develop and implement the appropriate metrics to measure and improve Supplier Commercial Performance.
  • Collaborate with suppliers in order to form mutually beneficial long-term partnerships.
  • Monitor suppliers' adherence to ECN (Engineering Change Notification) & PCN (Process Change Notification) systems.
  • Develop the supply base to ensure they fulfil the requirements across the key metrics, to include: cost, delivered quality, on time delivery performance and continuous improvement as a minimum.
  • Support the Supply Chain Strategy/ies.
  • Support the Cost Reduction Roadmap Strategy.
  • Support the Product Lifecycle Management and Bill of Materials systems.

Previous Experience:

      At least 5 years' experience in Procurement & Supply Chain in a Manufacturing environment.

Longer experience will be valued as will demonstrable experience of running/ managing Supply Chain with powertrain suppliers.

Experience of (but not limited to) powertrain, machined parts, cast or forged parts, mouldings, A-surface parts.

Experience in & good understanding of Total Cost of Ownership methodology.

At least 2 years in a 'blue chip' manufacturing / engineering organisation where 'automotive level' procurement and supply chain processes and practices have been demonstrated.

Ideally has also worked in a Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) and is able to demonstrate the ability to 'roll their sleeves up' and personally get things done as part of a small team.

Personal Attributes:

      Integrity is paramount.

Team player, comfortable with supporting, and accepting support from, colleagues.

High energy to drive results with enthusiasm and pace.

Willingness to travel Europe-wide and, when necessary, globally.

Dynamic, flexible, able to rise to meet new challenges.

Ability to balance 'hands on' with longer term vision and processes.

Makes the best decisions for the business, not just within a functional 'silo'.

Determination to achieve the best possible business results.


      CIPS (preferred).

Degree qualified or equivalent by experience.

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.

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