Senior Buyer

Rate Recruitment
£33.5k - 35k per year
15 Apr 2017
15 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Buyer

North Worcestershire

£33500 - £35000 subject to experience

A senior buyer is required for a leading automotive manufacturing firm based in Worcestershire. The main task of the role will involve purchasing the electronic components and moulding production parts.

As a senior buyer you will be responsible for developing and implementing the commodity strategy in line with company business strategy and achieving cost reduction activity without compromising the sustainable supply chain. As the senior buyer you will have the ability to adjust to the agile automotive environment by anticipating/proactively controling the situation in case of 'contingency'. Proactively assess/monitor and identify the commercial risk to the business and customers in order to provide sustainable supply of the commodity parts and minimise the risk of DQCDS

The senior buyer KEY TASKS will include:

Implement the strategy and monitor the progress to ensure achieving cost down targets.

Meet the time-bound target for new projects - coordinate to work efficiently and effectively with internal colleagues and/or suppliers.

Develop and issue RFQ and evaluate open book quotations by making detailed comparisons between suppliers.

Identify the areas of non-compliance between submitted quotations and drawings/specifications

Manage the project/your area of responsibility in line with industrial/customer/new project processes including PPAP, delivery of trial parts, packing approval, ramp-up stock levels and hand-over.

Negotiate with internal customers and/or suppliers in terms of contractual agreement or QCD agreement to secure the better deal to create positive impact profitability

Maintain regular contact with current/potential suppliers to develop/maintain commercially competitive business partnerships - which includes visiting the supplier site for on-spot auditing of process/commercial review.

Monitor and assess any commercial risks in relation to existing suppliers and sub-suppliers.

Communicate the progress of projects/tasks with team on a weekly basis and identify & assess the commercial supply risk with possible solution/countermeasure.

Work closely with and develop the existing supplier base to ensure the supplier base achieves the best possible QCCD rating.

To maintain and further develop departmental procedures and work instructions to ensure compliance with TS16949.

Give support to ensure company adherence to legislation / compliance and specific customer request.

The Senior Buyer ideally would have the SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:

Fully or partially qualified with CIPS (or studying towards CIPS) - Business or Engineering degree is advantageous.

Minimum hands-on experience in Production/Manufacturing environment for 5 years. Automotive industry and/or other highly technical industry which involves technical drawings or data is desirable. Hands-on experience in supplier site audit in high volume production is advantageous. Knowledge and/or experience in Lean Manufacturing practice such as TPS, JIT, 5S is advantageous.


Knowledge and/or experience in TS16949 or ISO9001 & ISO 14001 is advantageous.

Knowledge of REACH/IMDS/PPAP is advantageous.

CIPS Diploma or equivalent qualification.

The senior buyer role is based in Droitwich and is commutable from Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Evesham, Malvern, Worcester, Kidderminster, Solihull, Halesowen, West Midlands, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire