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Senior) - Buyer

Nicholas Associates
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Full Time

Senior Buyer


Circa 35,000 to 45,000 (Depending on experience)

Salary dependent on experience and qualifications + Excellent Benefits Package

We have a great opportunity for a Senior Buyer with a technical manufacturing background to join a market leading manufacturer. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to stamp their mark on a challenging role and make a continued improvement to our supply chain. Applicants are sought to work within the Purchasing Department and will provide key procurement support to the Purchasing Manager and other areas of the business to ensure continuity and efficiency of production and supply.

Primary responsibilities:

Purchase goods, materials, components and services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets.

Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact to the business operations.

Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods.

Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible.

Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities.

Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships.

Develop relationships with internal stakeholders to understand future requirements as the business looks to further improve its product offering to meet customers' needs

Help to develop creative and innovative procurement processes and implement KPI's to analyse & improve supplier performance.

Maintain records and documentation within the department to allow full traceability, resolve invoice queries and assist with MRP, when necessary

Work collaboratively and negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and production activities.

Develop relationships with internal stakeholders to understand future requirements.

Key skills and qualifications:

CIPS Level 4-6 or similar qualification in Purchasing or at least 5 years' experience in a similar role.

Extensive demonstrable experience of Supplier selection/Management and audit.

Previous experience with MRP/ ERP systems.

Proficient in the use of MS Office - Excel & Word.

Strong planning and organisational skills.

Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.

Have the ability to work on their own initiative with minimum supervision, prioritise workload and the skills to be a good team player.


A minimum qualification in an appropriate subject to HND or Degree level.

Previous experience within a manufacturing environment.

Ability to understand internal and external technical information.

Experience of Customs Import procedures would be beneficial.


Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.

37.50 Hours per week, Mon-Thurs 8.00 - 4.45 pm, Friday 8.00 -12.30 pm (Early finish on a Friday).

Company Incentive Scheme.

Generous salary sacrifice pension plan with 7.5% Employer contributions

and with 8 x salary death in service policy.

24 days annual leave rising to 27 after 3 years - plus statutory days.

Westfield Health Scheme membership and Hospital Treatment Plan.

Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme - enjoy the stunning beauty of the surrounding area.

Development and career opportunities.

Sports & Social events.

Free on-site parking

Access to employee assistance programme to help with life's challenges.

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