Reed Procurement & Supply Chain
Milton Keynes
16 Apr 2017
16 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My client is market leading engineering company based in Milton Keynes and they are currently looking to recruit and experienced Buyer. 

The candidate they require will come from a manufacturing / engineering company with at least 2 years experience in an all round buying role.  

A key member of the Supply Chain team, this role involves working proactively with both external suppliers and internal customers to deliver the business SCM strategy. The role involves the sourcing and purchasing of materials from a wide range of suppliers.

Specific duties include -

• Developing relationships with suppliers
• Negotiating the most advantageous commercial terms with both new and existing suppliers
• Placement of purchase orders with approved suppliers
• Reviewing supplier order acknowledgments against purchase orders
• Managing supplier open order books
• Resolving problems and queries with suppliers
• Managing the improvement of supplier performance
• Expediting late orders and finding solutions to material shortages
• Managing subcontractors
• Building cost models in support of customer enquiries
• Liaising with freight forwarders to coordinate inbound freight by road, air and sea freight
• Managing inventory levels to optimise stock availability within financial budgets

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required - 


• Self-motivated, decisive, commercially aware. Good communication skills.
• Ability to interact and develop relationships within TKA and across the supply chain.
• Strong excel / database skills
• Negotiation skills.
• Demonstrated analytical and practical problem solving skills.
• Current valid driving licence.


• Understanding manufacturing processes and specifications.
• Appropriate recognised qualifications i.e. CIPS or business degree
• European or Oriental languages
• Knowledge of import / export procedures
• Knowledge of Continuous Improvement techniques and processes (6-sigma, 6 x S, Kaizen)

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