Reference: JS-FHR-2306

£Negotiable, Full Benefits & Bonus

Our Client, a World recognised and respected Automotive OEM Manufacturer based in rural Warwickshire are actively seeking a talented Buyer with Automotive OEM industry exposure and Direct Commodity spend experience on a permanent basis.

Reporting to the Manager – Senior Procurement, you will procure a defined range of components, in line with Procurement departmental procedures and objectives, focusing on securing strong commercial terms and excellent quality and delivery service levels from our suppliers.

On offer to the successful candidate is a negotiable (albeit dependent on relevant experience) basic salary, together with a full flexible benefits package, to include a car discount scheme.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

-Develop and maintain commodity strategies for a specific range of commodities, ensuring that the company is kept up to date on market place commercial and technical developments, as well as potential suppliers. Collaboration with other areas of the company on maintaining commodity strategies which meet the short as well as the long term aims of the business.
-Evaluate cost data and quotation analysis forms and identify cost saving opportunities.
-Quickly assimilate supplier and company processes in order to positively impact Procurement performance.
-Confidently enter into total cost and contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers.
-Understand and apply tools and techniques to close cost gaps and achieve value for money whilst maintaining supplier relationships.
-Manage supplier performance through vehicle launch phases and current vehicle phases, ensuring that Quality, Cost and Delivery performance is maintained at high levels. In addition, provide enthusiasm and passion for driving continuous improvement in these metrics.
-Provide Procurement / commercial input into cross-functional teams that effectively contributes to the organisation’s programme goals by applying a confident approach to teamwork.
-Understand and support the quality department in achieving full Quality Approval
-Constantly strive for process improvement opportunities internally, as well as with the Supplier base, focussing on business ‘Best Practice’ initiatives.
-Identify supplier risk and develop robust risk mitigation strategies where necessary.
-Lead and promote good supplier relationships.
-Play an instrumental role in enabling the function to achieve its business objectives, through meeting or ideally exceeding defined objectives.

Qualifications & Experience ideally required:

-Should ideally be educated to Degree level, preferably in line with the role requirements.
-CIPS qualification preferable or at least working towards this.
-You should be an experienced Buyer, with your knowledge ideally gained within an Automotive OEM manufacturing environment; however, of greater importance is the individual’s aptitude and commitment to rapidly assimilate the needs of the role and to be quickly performing in the role, to a high standard.
-You will have Direct Automotive Commodity Spend experience.
-Understanding of the strategic role of the Procurement function and ability to work at this level.
-Demonstrable ability to prioritise tasks and have effective time management and analytical skills.
-Good communication and interpersonal skills.
-You should be a confident and forthcoming character.
-Post holder should hold a full driving licence and be prepared to travel where their specific work responsibilities require.

This position is available with immediate effect.

To APPLY, please contact Jason Seed DipRP, DipRSA, FIRP; Director of Forbes HR Ltd on:

Telephone: 01295 768360

Mobile: 07738 766526


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