Category Buyer - Steel & Ductile Iron Castings

Gi Group
County Durham
£35000 - £45000/annum
07 Jul 2017
06 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My client, based in County Durham, is currently looking for Category Buyer to be based out of it's headquarters in County Durham.

Job Purpose:

From an automotive background with a good understanding of materials, you will source and identify suppliers globally for steel and ductile iron castings for the company. 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

Job Description

* Commodity group purchase steel and castings, focused on client part and supplier portfolio
* Active contribution of cost reduction programs and growth programs with new projects
* 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 and 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


* 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


* Must be able to travel widely throughout the world to visit suppliers
* Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Must have the ability to work in an international team and be able to work well with all colleagues
* Must be an ambitious self-starter
* Must have an analytical approach to your daily work
* Must have excellent interpersonal and Intercultural skills to enable you to work all over the world
* Must be reliable and trustworthy


£35,000 to £45,000 per annum plus 3% pension, depending on experience

All travel expenses are paid


We offer an excellent working environment in which you will be required to work permanent day shift based on the following hours (minimum 39 hours per week):-

Monday 8:00 to 17:00

Tuesday 8:00 to 16:30

Wednesday 8:00 to 16:30

Thursday 8:00 to 17:00

Friday 8:00 to 14:30

If you have all the required experience and fit the above brief then apply today for further details