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Senior Buyer

  • Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Salary: £38k - 48k per year per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 2 months ago

Senior Buyer


The Company:

My client is a start-up engineering company, with solid financial backing, developing an innovative, patented marine powertrain product and control system for launch in early 2023.

The organisation is a small but growing, experienced team of people who are passionate about successfully bringing this technologically leading product to market.

The Senior Buyer conducts Procurement and Supply Chain activities for the company. This is a highly dynamic and flexible role and will include working closely with the Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager, Supplier Development/Supplier Quality and the Engineering Manager. The Buyer will establish stable and effective Supply Chain to achieve the business objectives for your commodity/segment of responsibility. You will ensure BOM cost in line with business objectives for your commodity/segment of responsibility. Define road map for cost down actions for key components/key technologies.

The Role:

  • Own formal nomination process to develop stable and effective Supply Chain
  • Identify potential suppliers and work to form mutually beneficial long-term partnerships
  • Work with Engineering and other relevant functions to assess and nominate suppliers based on current and future needs
  • 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
  • Own formal nomination process to develop stable and effective Supply Chain, where cost base and contract terms meet the company's needs
  • Monitor supply performance and take action to expedite parts as required to support business operations and meet customer needs
  • Develop the supply base to ensure they fulfil requirements across the key metrics, to include cost, delivered quality, on time delivery performance and continuous improvement as a minimum
  • 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
  • Monitor suppliers' adherence to ECN (Engineering Change Notification) & PCN (Process Change Notification) systems
  • Provide input to and support execution of Supply Chain Strategy
  • Provide input to and support execution of Cost Reduction Road map, Product Lifecycle Management & BOM Systems

About you:

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

Longer experience will be valued as will demonstratable 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

Detailed understanding of procurement and supply chain principles in theory and practice

Excellent communicator at all levels

Ability to work independently or as part of a team and execute agreed actions

Customer/market focused approach with result's orientated, 'can do' attitude.

Operating with full integrity at all times

Relationship builder

Process orientated

Commercial acumen to assess and analyse market & customer potential

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.