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Senior Buyer

Symmetric Recruitment Ltd
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Buyer / Supplier Relations, Management

Up to GBP70K DOE

Progression Opportunities

Hybrid Working Available

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Senior, preferably from a Defence or Engineering / Manufacturing sector background to join an established Bristol-based Engineering / Defence Services SME based in Central Bristol. We deliver complex manufacturing and critical services to UK Primes and the MoD and are growing due to winning a number of large contracts.

As a Senior Buyer, you will be responsible for the day-to-day Operational Performance oversight. You will be integral to delivering innovative supply chain solutions to support further growth opportunities pursued by the business.

We will support your development funding additional qualifications and strive and support a good work life balance, with an aggressive salary package and profit share scheme.

We are a small team where you ll be able to make a real difference. You ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds who will bring passion and innovation to the role.

Main duties

  • Manage Team Members and lead Supplier Management and Engagement
  • Convert Purchase Requisitions to Purchase Orders and issue to suppliers.
  • Prepare, issue and review supplier RFQ s, recommending preferred options to all relevant Stakeholders.
  • Identify resolutions for critical path supply.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining key supplier relationships and support supplier performance improvement.
  • Take ownership of Order Book Management activities, liaising with suppliers to ensure materials / components are bought in line with customer requirements and contractual lead-times are achieved.
  • Manage goods in and invoice queries associated with your order book.
  • Ensure data accuracy of the ERP system is maintained with valid pricing and purchase requirements.
  • Support the Procurement Manager in the tendering and sourcing process in accordance with agreed project deliverables.
  • Support in Strategic Sourcing to ensure best practice sourcing and pricing portfolio is achieved.
  • Confidently negotiate and agree Terms and Conditions, and contractual agreements including the flow-down and management of KPI s.

Professional Skills / Abilities:

  • Able to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business.
  • Good understanding of Procurement within a Project Management function
  • Must be self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload.
  • Excellent I.T. Skills (Microsoft Excel essential).
  • Strong attention to detail (essential).
  • Data analysis skills.
  • Basic understanding of engineering (desirable).

Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience within a procurement environment (essential)
  • Membership of a relevant professional body e.g., CIPS (desirable but not essential).
  • MRP Skills (IFS desirable but not essential).
  • Full Driving Licence and willingness to travel.
  • Ability to obtain the relevant basic Security Clearance (SC)

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