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Senior Buyer - Manufacturing - £55K

1st Executive
England, Derbyshire, Derby
£50000 - £55000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Role: Senior Buyer (Manufacturing)

Salary: Up to £55,000 + Excellent Benefits

Location: Derby (DE65)

Are you a Buyer or Senior Buyer with strategic procurement experience gained in the Automotive or wider Manufacturing sectors? Are you motivated by the opportunity to play a key role in a global category team, leading a spend of c£120m across global Tier 1 OEM vendors? If so, 1st Executive have a fantastic opportunity with hugely successful global manufacturing business, reporting significant revenue growth and demonstrating impressive investments (c£100m) in R&D & Innovation across Hydrogen and E-Tech machines as part of their commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency.


  • The Senior Buyer will lead a strategic category portfolio of c£120m across OEM Engines
  • Responsible for owning contracts and engagement with 7 to 8 key global suppliers
  • Hugely complex category portfolio - hand held products through to heavy industrial machinery and generators (9 Hp all the way up to 750KW generators)
  • Significant variation in product scope, with each business unit having its own set of engineers - need to be passionate about getting into the detail and balancing numerous concurrent projects
  • Role remit will expand over time to encompass the Hydrogen Engines programme; complimenting in-house build programme with 3rd party OEM products


  • You will be responsible for developing category strategies to ensure a robust and competitive supply chain.
  • Ensure early engagement with engineering and suppliers to ensure we are sourcing the best products from the beginning of our projects.
  • Manage multiple resource / capacity projects.
  • Identify and drive cost reduction activities across the business.
  • Responsible for leading contractual negotiations (Long Term / Development / Warranty Agreements etc)
  • Develop and lead global supplier relationships to deliver tangible mutual benefits.
  • Work with suppliers and engineering to identify new technologies to reduce cost and or add additional value to our machines.


  • Significant procurement experience gained within Manufacturing/Engineering.
  • OEM Engine commodity experience would be ideal but is not essential.
  • Experience developing and implementing global category strategies.
  • Confident negotiator with a proven record of creating cost ideas and delivering significant reductions.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and co-ordinating cross functional teams to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Ability to build strong internal relationships - preferably experience working closely with technical engineers.


1st Executive

1st Executive are the forefront of 'Search' within the Procurement sector operating UK & Europe wide. Our focus in in interim management and permanent recruitment ranging from Senior Buyers through CPO's

At 1st Executive we understand that businesses are driven by people. We work in partnership with our clients to ensure that they improve the performance of their organisation through the right people. Our clients are organisations who are widely regarded as the most attractive to work for in their sector, consisting of FTSE 100 / Global 500 organisations as well as dynamic , growing consultancies. They are diverse in their sectors, covering FMCG, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Technology to name a few.

Our approach is professional, knowledgeable and above all, successful. This is why we are the partnership of choice for many of the UK's most prestigious organisations when it comes to finding the right person for the job.

Company info
+44 (0) 84321 630 30
Connaught House
Portsmouth Road
GU23 7JY
United Kingdom

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