MPI Limited
08 Mar 2018
16 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Title: Buyer
Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive
Working hours: Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.45pm. Friday 8.00am to 1.00pm
Pension 3% EE 6% ER
24 days basic holiday entitlement
List X site - all employees to be security cleared

Main Purpose:
The Buyers role is primarily to support the Purchasing Team activities for the Milton Keynes site. This role may also be required to support other areas within the Operations department which includes production planning, materials planning and inventory management.
The role has the following critical success factors (CSF's):

• Proactively manage the relationships between the client and their suppliers to achieve business objectives.
• Day to day management of supplier relationships and processes to achieve best price and on time deliveries according to Purchase Order and MRP requirements.
• Highlight potential problem areas to the Purchasing Manager and team and recommend possible solutions.
• The identification of opportunities for cost savings and the recommendation and implementation of appropriate procurement strategies.
• Commercial awareness and negotiation of improved terms of business.
• Effective communication with suppliers and internal functions.
• Keep abreast of appropriate KPI measurements and work towards improvements.
• Develop and maintain work instructions for the role, to enable others to undertake activities of the role during periods of absence.

Our client is totally focused on providing its customers with the best service in its industry. We expect you to maintain that focus with your suppliers when carrying out the duties below.

Main Responsibilities:
• Using MRP and forecast requirements maximise cost savings through identification and establishment of procurement agreements with suppliers.
• To purchase parts materials and services on behalf of the company in accordance with Company Procedures.
• Communication with Suppliers and control of supply quality issues.
• Ensuring compliance to export control regulations in the Purchasing context.
• Identify opportunities for cost savings and cost avoidance and take appropriate action.
• Effectively communicate with fellow team members and stakeholders.
• Awareness of inventory levels, and minimising the impact of procured parts on stock levels.
• Identification and awareness of Purchasing risks, including obsolescence and provide support for mitigation activities.
• Identifying, leading and working on Continuous Improvement activities.
• The company Purchasing Representative - hosting supplier visits, representing the client at off site meetings and producing appropriate visit reports / records.

• Establish and maintain a network of suppliers capable of meeting the company business and production needs.
• Familiarise and maintain knowledge of supplier capabilities such to identify potential supply sources for company requirements.
• Issuing Request For Quotations; placing Purchase Orders; expediting.
• Review supplier quotations, process Purchase Order acknowledgements and confirm delivery dates with suppliers.
• Ensure that procured items are delivered to agreed timescales.
• Ensure Purchase Orders requirements are being met. Ensure that Suppliers deliver as promised and handle any matters arising from the non-performance of a supplier are managed or escalated accordingly.
• Minimise risk of company liability to suppliers.
• Maintenance of company records.

2Highlight any issues to the Purchasing Manager that may impact on production plans and/or On Time Delivery (OTD) schedules.
3Continually seek to reduce procurement costs and improve company credit lines.
4Continually explore methods by which performance can be enhanced and costs reduced. Share ideas with the Purchasing Team and Manager.
6Gain and maintain an understanding of in-house manufacturing capabilities and drivers for purchasing.
7Support the Purchasing Manager and fellow team members in the execution of their duties.
8Undertake any reasonable task synonymous with the role.
9Instruct fellow team members in the key tasks of your role (they may need to undertake some of your tasks as cover).
10Actively seek to understand the key tasks of your fellow team members.

• External
• Suppliers
• Internal
• All internal teams including:
• Finance Team
• Engineering Teams
• Operations Team
• Manufacturing personnel
• Quality Team

Education/ Experience:Essential
• Experience gained in a Purchasing Role
• Experience of negotiating supplier purchasing agreements.
• Ability to document and maintain business processes and procedures.
• Ability to communicate at all levels within an organisation.

• Formal Procurement/Purchasing qualification.
• Membership of the Institute of Procurement & Supply.
• An understanding of electronic component procurement activities.
• An understanding of drawn, mechanical, machined parts procurement activities including finishes.

Technical Competencies: Essential
• IT Literate with experience of using Microsoft Office
• Working knowledge of MRP/ERP principles

• Understanding of Product Lifecycles and use of a PLM system.
• Materials planning and production planning experience.
• Stock management.
• Data handling processes.
• Previous experience of working in a technical procurement environment.
• Previous experience of working in a low volume, engineering organisation.

• Tenacity
• Good multi task planning & co-ordinating skills
• Able to manage own time and tasks
• Ability to manage internal and external work relationships
• Confident at handling Supplier Contact both over the telephone and face to face
• Negotiation Skills
• Communication Skills - Written & Verbal
• Adherence to Policies
• Attention to detail
• Reliability - able to Work under Pressure
• Flexibility to work overtime as required
• Flexibility to travel for work occasionally

Additional Information
Travel Requirements: Some travel, possible overnight stays may be required.

To register your interest, please forward a CV to the email provided. Alternatively please call MPI LTD on the number shown for more information

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