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Strategic Buyer 37918

  • Location: Warwick
  • Salary: £39.71 - 39.71 per hour per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 30 days ago

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Function: Purchasing and procurement
  • Contact: Ellie Ebbage
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01384 397555
  • Expiry Date: 24 June 2022
  • Job Ref: 61540

Strategic Buyer (NPP) – 37918

Pay Rate: up to £39.71/hr Ltd inside IR35 (PAYE option available)

Division: Purchasing

Contract Position based at Gaydon - Hybrid working with main site in Gaydon plus 1-day minimum at a stakeholder site (Solihull and West Midlands area)

Position Description:

Strategy Buyer - Non-Production Purchasing with overall responsibility and leadership for all Purchasing activities within specified categories, including the following responsibilities:

  • Sourcing in line with Strategy Category Plan (SCP) through the Global Sourcing Process to the point of Contract / Purchase Order for their subcategories Lead continuous improvements in purchasing activities by supporting COE initiatives / activities for their respective subcategories
  • Internal stakeholder alignment on strategy and sourcing, including key focus on regional inputs and regional deployment for their subcategories
  • Global category strategy development and deployment to deliver company cost and quality targets through sourcing within the Global markets for their subcategories
  • Supporting delivery team in supplier relationships through the Contract Management and Supplier Performance Management process for their subcategories
  • SCP delivery, ensuring completion line with annual SCP targets for their subcategories
  • Ensuring the SCP is kept up to date in line with the annual review target for their subcategories
  • Ensuring analytics on suppliers, market and business requirements is available for their subcategories (Analytics will be provided by the Analyst function)
  • Lead Stakeholder alignment in relation to strategy creation and implementation for their subcategory
  • Ensure alignment with Regional Buying Colleagues to ensure strategic / tactical sourcing is in line with strategy for their subcategory
  • Responsible for their subcategory delivery against savings targets
  • Identify Make vs Buy and business justification when required and support analysis for their subcategory
  • Supply chain risk management for their subcategory
  • Ensuring regional buying teams are adhering to the subcategory strategy within the region.
  • Engaging with specialist functions where required GPF, Risk, OGC
  • Maintaining lead for supplier interaction

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of indirect procurement of goods and services
  • Experience of negotiating terms and conditions
  • Commercial awareness and negotiation skills
  • Understand category management principles
  • Strategic thinking
  • Global business understanding and experience
  • Relationship management - internal and external
  • Category knowledge and demonstrated experience
  • Flexibility and agility to be able to adjust to changing business needs
  • An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience of working in Procurement in Automotive or Manufacturing-based Industries is preferable (but is not mandatory)
  • Having completed a sourcing project or a procurement process
  • Experience with negotiating with suppliers on a regular basis
  • Proven track record of achieving cost savings / reductions year on year
  • Experience working with multiple internal stakeholders (i.e. Engineering, Logistics, Finance, etc.)


  • MCIPS or working towards the qualification

Personal ProfileEssential Attributes:

  • An individual able to deliver quality and consistency in a complex and highly demanding environment.
  • A self-motivated individual who uses initiative and problem solver - focussed on delivering results.
  • An individual with the capability to combine a short term, pragmatic focus with medium term planning
  • Works well under pressure of conflicting priorities
  • A strong communicator with the ability to understand and to communicate complex ideas
  • An effective team player, actively develops and supports team members
  • Proactive team player, who is happy to be hands on and work with a small team
  • Proven track record of demonstrating logic and analytical thinking

Additional Information


To apply for this role please send your CV to

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 Contracts are those of an Employment Business.