Vendor Management Buyer

12 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The role You will be a key member of the Purchasing Department, responsible for maintaining stock levels and managing UK and International suppliers that are primarily supporting the companies' purchasing function to improve OTIF performance for our Basic Skills and Early Years ranges. We've made significant progress in streamlining and optimising our supplier base and you'll support continued improvement in this area by acquiring all external purchases at optimal costs and lead times without compromising quality or delivery, thereby ensuring continuity of supply and service to TTS customers. Key responsibilities * Managing supplier OTIF by reviewing and implementing improvement plans, negotiating service level agreements and monitoring performance. Actively review the supply base to maintain and improve reliability and efficiency in line with strategic goals. * Deliver cost reduction initiatives, delivering sustainable gross margin improvements through negotiation and resourcing of product through global sourcing * Source new suppliers ensuring conformance to quality standards and expectations. Manage annual cost price negotiations with existing suppliers to reduce impact of increases on the overall margin of the business * Constantly look for continuous improvement opportunities in line with supply chain best practice, focusing heavily on improving customer satisfaction * Negotiate contracts and tenders within a project management atmosphere * Continuous review of products, working with suppliers to re-engineer delivering improved designs and costs * Represent external supply in weekly inter-departmental meetings and produce supplier visit reports as required. Skills & experience * A good standard of education (minimum A level or equivalent). Candidates who hold or are working towards a relevant professional qualification will have a distinct advantage. * A high degree of IT literacy - competent user of Microsoft Office * At least three years' Purchasing experience, preferably gained within an FMCG or retail environment, including knowledge of purchase ordering procedures and experience of successfully managing multiple accounts (domestic and international). * Previous experience within the Education product or mail order industry is desirable but not essential. * Excellent organisational skills - able to work under own initiative to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and deliver against deadlines * Strong financial and commercial awareness * Professional, confident and friendly in manner Benefits You would be entitled to the following benefits: * 25 Days Annual Leave (option to buy an extra 5 days) * Performance Related Bonus Scheme * Group Personal Pension * Private Medical Healthcare * Life Assurance The following voluntary benefits are also available: * Childcare Vouchers * Cycle to Work Scheme * Give As You Earn (GAYE) * Employee Referral Scheme * Voluntary Dental Plan * Voluntary Health Cash Plan * Voluntary Critical Illness Cover * Voluntary Health Assessments If you'd like more information about our roles or working for RM, login to "RM Talk" via our careers homepage on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12.30pm - 1.30pm and chat live to a member of our recruitment team. Additional Intranet Text Hiring Manager: Helen Reale Grade:F/F Application Closing Date: 19th January 2018