Category Buyer / Steel and Ductile Iron Castings

Meridian Business Support
£35000 - £45000/annum
08 Jul 2017
07 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

* Commodity group purchase steel and castings, focused on our client 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 contact between the Centre Of Competence Purchasing and the Knorr-Bremse 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

Meridian Business Support is acting on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency