Terry Parris Associates
Brighton, Brighton and Hove
£30000 - £34000/annum
11 Jul 2017
10 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Confirmation of Vacancy
Job Title: Buyer

Job Summary
• Efficiently and effectively manage the procurement of all production and non-production materials and subcontract requirements to ensure timely delivery of quality conforming goods and services in accordance with customer orders and company requirements.
• Review, select and manage a best value, reliable and performing supplier base in accordance with customer contractual requirements and company procedures.
• Actively represent procurement and support Procurement Manager at internal company meetings.
• Essential use of the company MRP II system to support production requirements. In addition, liaise with all production support functions through a variety of progressing and review processes to minimise material shortages, meet schedules/changes and minimise stock.
• Recommend and implement industry best practice approaches to material procurement.

This job description does not form part of your contract of employment.

Key Accountabilities
• Ensure timely and conforming product manufacture through controlled and optimised procurement practices ensuring stock and work in progress are kept to safe shortage free levels.
• Provide support in addressing challenging yet ultimately achievable goals and targets for procurement based on sound and proven industry best practice.
• Work closely with Production Control to achieve all material requirements
• Prioritise and adjust workload to support the overall needs of the production plan.
• Liaise with the Suppliers and Quality Manager to redress any supplier quality deficiencies in a timely and pro-active manner.
• Identify and make recommendations on Make / Buy options.
• Ensure all importation regulations relating to procurement are met.
• Ensure flow down and compliance to contract specific and standard procurement terms and conditions.
• Encourage an open honest team-working based interaction with all reporting personnel and colleagues.
• Take part in / support adequate and appropriate training as provided, to meet company needs.
• Carry out audits and corrective actions to ensure the company purchasing procedures are fully maintained in line with BSEN ISO9001 and customer requirements.
• Represent purchasing in meetings with customers and other external bodies as and when required.
• Provide support in obtaining best cost availability.
• Carry out additional tasks reasonably requested or recognised as important to the safe and effective running of the business.
• Actively assist in the control of stock levels to achieve company stock turn objectives.
• Generate and negotiate supplier agreements to support long term company objectives.

Key Relationships

Production Control, Accounting Team, Production Engineering, Quality Engineers/ Inspectors & Internal employees.

Trade Suppliers

Personal Profile
The candidate should be numerate, literate, hard working, organised and possess a pleasant inter-personnel manner with a methodical approach to their work. They should be able to work on their own initiative or as part of a team.


• Significant previous experience of procurement within an engineering / manufacturing biased industry. (ISO9001 and / or Defence Certified).
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver professional presentations at a senior level.
• Ability to identify improvement opportunities and follow them through to conclusion.
• Highly motivated and performance focussed with good interpersonal and negotiating skills
• Capable of holding an authoritative position and winning both respect and technical credibility with employees, suppliers and customers.
• Good level of computer literacy (MS Office applications, internet and e-mail).
• Self-motivated and eager to take on responsibility and accountability.
• Unrestricted travel on an occasional basis will be required.

• UK Security clearance is required.
• Full driving license.


• Attention to detail essential with good IT skills.
• Ability to work to deadlines, multi-tasking and prioritise workload appropriately.
• Methodical approach to their work.
• Capable of working on own initiative, and utilising time and resources effectively.

• A level or higher standard of education.
• Ideally a professionally qualified member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Diploma or above) or similar.
• Additional professional qualifications in an engineering discipline are very desirable.

• Analytical and methodical
• Communication and credibility
• Attention to detail
• IT proficient
• Team Player

Perm £34k Location: Brighton 4019TPP