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Senior Buyer - Indirects

Job Reference: CAMN1068560       Job Type: Permanent       Date Added: 10/05/2012

Cast UK Ltd - click to view more jobs posted by this Recruiter
Employer: Cast UK Ltd
Location: Bradford
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Bupa

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Purchasing. The postholder will have responsibility for ensuring that spend across indirect commodity areas attracts the best suppliers who are challenged through cost-effective, responsive, flexible and innovative contracts. Candidates should have the drive and ability to make their mark in purchasing and supplier management at a senior level. The emphasis of this role will be focus on commercial activity rather than day to day expediting.

The postholder will have a responsible significant spend, currently across 550+ suppliers including production machines, freight, process-tooling, electrical contractors, handling equipment, electrical & maintenance, IT equipment & service contracts, security & many others associated with a large, busy manufacturing site

Using a category management approach, review of non-production expenditure and develop sourcing strategies that align to the business goals. Project manage the migration of spends for the given commodities into the remit of the Purchasing department where they do not exist today.
Design and implement supplier rationalisation based upon the category strategy proposed and approved.
Establish and manage contracts with core suppliers in each category. Negotiate improved prices and terms of business with key suppliers. Adopt a corporate approach to cost reduction whilst maintaining an exceptionally high level of quality.
Work with internal stakeholders on capital equipment & bespoke projects to ensure purchasing input from the project start.
Build relationships internally and externally with stakeholder departments to ensure optimum success.
Co-ordinate monitor and report upon supplier performance liaise with client departments on supplier status; produce monthly reporting on all of the above as required by Departmental Manager. Manage performance improvement activities with the suppliers.
Liaise with European/Global plants to identify leverage opportunities.

Skills & Experience:

Minimum of 5 years experience and be from an automotive, engineering, or general manufacturing background.
A proven record of purchasing non-production materials and commodities.
Experience with capital or tooling purchases would be ideal but general non-production buying within an engineering or fast moving manufacturing environment is acceptable.
Experience of sourcing and managing suppliers located in low cost countries.
A commercially focused professional who can demonstrate knowledge of best practice purchasing techniques and have the ability to plan and prioritise their workload to meet deadlines, work on own initiative and identify, analyse and solve problems.
Experience in managing change and continuous improvements.

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