Strategic Buyer

Recruiter
Randstad CPE
Location
Peterborough
Salary
£30 - £36/hour
Posted
21 Jul 2017
Closes
20 Aug 2017
Sector
Engineering
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time
Strategic Buyer (NPI) required on a contract basis to join an industry leading manufacturing business.

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity at the forefront of manufacturing technology? Do you have a background in the transition and change management of suppliers in NPI programmes? Have you got a background of working in a fast paced manufacturing / R&D environment? If you are seeking an exciting technical challenge then this is the contract role for you!

You will focus on the development of detailed component cost models and high level cost estimates in both the NPI and Current product arena. This position will also provide cost reports as necessary to support the assigned project and programs.

You will be the leader and key communicator for various Collaborative Product and Process Development teams to interface with Suppliers and Procurement to ensure early supplier collaboration on design for manufacturability, assembly and costs as well as adherence to APQP guidelines. The Position leads Cost Modeling activities that support the setting of Target Costs and managing product cost to achieve target while optimizing value. Additional functional responsibilities include: supplier selection at a part- number level aligned to category strategies, supplier tooling validation & management, design for X elements & provide PFEP requirements to deliver on engineered value chains.

Key responsibilities:

* This role is accountable to meet product cost, quality and time targets in the product- life cycle including NPI through supplier collaboration at a part number level for their respective components, systems and/or categories (specify total cost management to include Ex- works, packaging & logistics).
* The position will lead a cross functional team in trade off discussions to balance performance, quality, velocity, and cost that provides work direction to Cost Modelers to develop detail process based cost models. The Incumbent is responsible to lead cross-functional teams (employees from quality, service, design, manufacturing, etc).
* The goal for this position is to lead the team through identifying cost opportunities, identifying requirements of a part(s) for each area and ultimately leading the team to meet their individual area requirements within the cost target. Leading these discussions and projects will be difficult in nature due to the multiple "trade offs" (negotiations / compromises) each area will need to make to achieve the quality and cost goals. Completed cost models and expert guidance will be used to identify cost reduction opportunities for subsequent delivery through the Strategic Cost Management, Purchase or NPI teams in the form of negotiation, resource or design change.
* This position leads the cross functional team to a solution that meets multiple objectives and balance performance, quality, velocity, and cost. The position needs to have strong analytical skills and the ability to influence others when there is conflict in processes, objectives, or solutions. This position needs to have the ability to see issues and forecast future costs so that costs are stable and predictable. The incumbent is accountable to identify and set current and future, target costs that are realistic and valid.
* This position is a proactive and ensures the effective management of product cost. Through these cost model projects, the organization will begin to have confidence in costs. This position identifies part opportunities and leads internal and external cross functional groups through cost opportunity discussions while maintaining a balance with performance, quality, and cost. Cost models account for all costs drivers associated with the manufacture and supply of a component. The creation of the model will require the use of dedicated software and the application of existing manufacturing, engineering and product knowledge supplemented by research into appropriate manufacturing methods as required.
* This position identifies who is needed on each project and makes team member recommendation. Development of excellent working relationships, teamwork and project management across departmental boundaries (engineering, purchase, logistics, product management etc) is essential to ensure effective collaboration and saving delivery.
* The position provides leadership and is the key communicator for Collaborative Product and Process Development.
* The incumbent directs teams to interface with Suppliers and Purchasing to ensure early collaboration on design for Manufacturability, Assembly and Cost, as well as, adherence to APQP guidelines.
* The position will ensure the development, analysis, and documentation of cost information for new product development, design and cost improvement, maintenance, make versus buy, and other special projects. The Incumbent establishes Target Costs and manages product cost to target. The position provides leadership that ensures trade off discussions early in the design process to balance performance, quality, velocity and cost with focus on optimizing value. The position of Supplier Collaboration Engineer provides leadership to ensure cost predictability.

Experience required:

* Degree in an relative discipline or proven experience in a similar role.
* The position requires an engineering, manufacturing, or commercial background with a high level of product knowledge.
* Good level of knowledge of a specific manufacturing process or engineering discipline, or maintenance process, as applicable, is required.
* Good level of understanding of company policies and procedures related to manufacturing, engineering and/or maintenance are also required.
* This individual needs to have a good level of understanding and knowledge of manufacturing processes. In addition they should have a strong technical background, in most cases, these are individuals with experience in a manufacturing environment.
* Excellent interpersonal skills are required in order to deal with sensitive issues, develop others, or persuade others inside and outside the department to take specific actions.

This is an awesome opportunity to be part of a leading manufacturing business which offers an interesting, varied and exciting workload coupled with a motivated and passionate culture. You will be part of a small, friendly team working together to deliver programmes that are critical to the long-term success of a respected, global company.

Randstad CPE values diversity and promotes equality. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are more than happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements as required to support your application.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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