Category Buyer

First Military Recruitment Ltd
Peterlee, County Durham
£35000 - £45000/annum
13 Jun 2017
13 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
GC67 – Category Buyer

Location: Peterlee

Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 per annum plus 3% pension, depending on experience. All travel expenses are paid.


From an automotive background with a good understanding of materials, you will source and identify suppliers globally for steel and ductile iron castings for our client and the global network. 80% of purchases cover steel and ductile iron castings buying. You will be familiar with automated disamatic casting processes and investment castings. A very challenging opportunity for the right candidate.

Key Responsibilities:

* Commodity group purchase steel and castings, focused on company part and supplier portfolio
* Active contribution of cost reduction programs and growth programs with new projects (e.g. Daimler 2020)
* Yearly price negotiations of serial products
* Negotiation and contract design in coordination with the superior Category Manager
* Creating of the Total Cost Comparison including supplier recommendation
* Creating of Sourcing Boards presentation and presentation of a suitable decision
* Compliance with an implementation of purchasing processes including formal framework conditions
* Orientation of all measures and decisions to purchasing management KPIs
* Purchase responsibly for selected suppliers including price negotiations and target agreements (Supplier Host)
* Benchmark surveys on the purchasing volume in order to deduce savings potential and supplier strategy
* Central linking point of company between the Centre Of Competence Purchasing and the Global Category Purchasing Team
* Functional reporting to the Regional Category Manager Castings
* Will be measured on cost savings, delivery performance and parts per million
* Will have no responsibility for direct or operational personnel

Skills and Experience:

* Must have had at least 3 years’ experience in an automotive buyer background and be familiar with ductile iron castings, automated disamatic casting processes and investment castings
* Must have a commercial and/or technical degree with a good understanding of materials
* Must have had at least 3 years’ experience of working in a similar role
* Must be computer literate with a very good knowledge in the use of MS-Office, SAP and SRM
* Must have very good English skills (oral and written)
* Must have knowledge of purchase methods and tools as well as project management