Category Buyer (Temporary)

  • Location

    Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

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    Off highway

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  • Salary:

    £20.00 - £30.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Lois Weston

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  • Published:

    about 2 years ago

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Job Title: Buyer
Duration: 2 months (ongoing)

The Buyer is responsible for supplier performance with respect to their NPI (New Product Introduction), Quality, Cost, Risk and Management.

Main Purpose

To ensure that materials are purchased at the most competitive prices worldwide, on time and to the required specifications.
Based in the Business Unit (BU) and focused upon providing a BU specific purchasing service for the BU controlled materials.
The Group Buyer takes immediate direction from the BU within a structure provided by Group Purchasing.


Internal : UK and Global Group Buyers, Purchasing Managers, Purchase Project Leads, Prototype Buyers, Global Cluster Manager, Group Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Director, Business Unit MD's , Material Controllers, Engineering Managers, Quality Managers, Supplier Development Engineers, PI Analysts

External: Suppliers, Professional Networking

Key Result Areas

Early Supplier Engagement - working within the NPI process to leverage NQCRPM at product launch
Work in conjunction with and support the Purchase Project Lead to deploy the NPI Process
Provide guidance to the Prototype Buyers through category strategy for categories responsible for
Supplier Nomination

Responsible for new parts first off availability and Initial Sample Inspection Report compliance within the JCB NPI process requirement
Driving forward quality PPM improvements and PPAP/APQP compliance, supporting supplier quality clinics where appropriate
Ensure Warranty Agreements are in place where required prior to placing an order
Work alongside Supplier Development Engineers dealing with APQP, Project Readiness and supplier exit strategies

Cost reduction - achieving annual cost reduction targets
Cost management - driving improved levels of transparency focusing on Quotation Analysis Forms
Working with the global teams to understand Lowest Total Cost of Acquisition for specific categories of responsibility
Implement Long Term Agreements with assigned suppliers where appropriate
Work with the Supplier Development Engineers on VA/VE and implementation of lean tools and techniques to improve Quality, Cost and Delivery performance

Risk assessment for nominated supply chain to ensure Business Continuity
Monitor supplier financials and report any "at risk" suppliers
Supplier resourcing

Lead Global Supplier Relationship Management activities for suppliers
Work with the Global Business Units and key functions to develop and deploy Global
Category Strategies

Lead NQCRPM reviews with key suppliers


Detailed understanding of Purchasing tools and processes including:
Cost Tracking Tools, Cost Breakdown and key elements of cost build up
Negotiation Techniques - preparation, planning and execution
Development of Contracts
Strategy Development
Category Management
Supplier Development

Purchasing in a Manufacturing Environment
Familiar with Manufacturing Processes
Global Sourcing
An appreciation of "Lean Techniques"
Working as part of a global matrix organisation
New Product Introduction process
Simultaneous Engineering
People Management

Skills and Personal Qualities
Commodity Strategy development skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills at all levels with an organisation
Teamwork - Able to actively participate in project team activities
Good personal organisation
Able to deal with conflict
Computer literate
Independent able to work unsupervised
Attention to detail
Hardworking and committed

Personal Specification
Graduate calibre
MCIPS qualified
Business or Engineering background

If you are interested in this role, please APPLY NOW. For more information, please contact Lois Weston at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384446119.

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