This is a brand-new role working for a hugely well-established and growing manufacturing company who are looking for a new addition to join their growing team. They’re looking for someone with A-Level standard qualifications as a minimum. However, if you have a degree, that would be an added bonus.
Experience wise, you will receive full training and be fully supported by the existing buying team. We are looking for someone who has wonderful Excel skills (V-Lookup, pivot tables) a quick learner and confident. Essentially, you’ll be able to hit the ground running, early on.
As Buyer, you’ll be hugely involved with the organisation’s procurement decisions around the raw materials they source to produce their products. Significant budgets are involved annually and you’ll be given your own individual sign-off responsibility too.
What will the role as Buyer involve?
Research products and recommend which companies the organisation should use as their suppliers
Getting quotes and negotiating on the price where possible, and sometimes terms
Manage the order process and make sure that there is a sufficient supply as you go through the product development phase
Ensure stock levels are optimised to meet ongoing production needs by using the organisation’s materials database.
Liaising with all depts, at all levels.
You’ll work hand in hand with the product development team and get involved with all aspects of a product’s development, from beginning to end, including the launch phase. A big part of this role will involve developing long-term, trusted relationships with suppliers. You want to be the person they tell first about new products/materials they’ve got in the pipeline too.
The organisation is becoming more data-driven and procurement decisions you make will be driven by the facts and figures. Therefore, you’ll be someone who can analyse data, identify trends or changes in the market and communicate this to the wider team. You may also get involved with communicating this information to others in the organisation – including the senior management team.
Throughout the production process you’ll be analysing where improvements can be made. This could be through costs savings, the product’s design or how its manufactured. You’ll also benchmark suppliers on a regular basis, identifying and flagging where there may be risks.
What will you be like, and what skills and experience will you have?
Great with people as you’ll be working this teams across the organisation, as well a large number of external suppliers
Great with Excel
A Level or Degree standard of education
Team player and working collaboratively.
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