Strategic Buyer- A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Buyer to join a specialist, market leading manufacturing company based in Suffolk. The company have an established record of accomplishment in manufacturing high quality machined parts and castings. The Buyer will come from a previous buying/purchasing role within the manufacturing/engineering field, experience to the relevant products would be highly desirable and a CIPS qualification would set you aside from the rest. An understanding of an MRP System is essential as well as a background in driving improvements to OTIF. As an overview of the role, please see below: Buyer Responsibilities: The role of the Buyer will involve •Promote supplier relationship management and actively engage with key suppliers to address issues and identify potential opportunities to further develop collaboration and deliver continuous improvement of supplier performance ( Costs, Service and Quality) •Develop key supplier performance measures and reporting that will be used to monitor both supplier and company's performance •To provide appropriate procurement input to New Product Introduction projects and ensure that a robust supply chain is in place from initial launch to long term security of supply •Liaise with Quality, Operations and Engineering to ensure quality standards are adhered too in supply of goods and services •Liaising with the existing suppliers and seeking out opportunities to improve the supply chain •Encourage a competitive and varied supply market and apply best practice tools and techniques to analyse spend and gain maximum strategic and tactical advantage •Responsible for all transactional procurement activity associated with a designated range of category suppliers •Accountability for day to day purchasing activities ensuring that parts are delivered on-time to suit customer requirements. From raising the Purchase order to the delivery of the product into stores ensuring availability for production within the required time-scales to the company •To manage tender and negotiation process for new contracts and contract renewals •To review all aspects of performance from your supplier base and to issue monthly reports detailing actions taken to obviate any failures or threats to the business; this would include Adverse Purchase Price Variance, Adverse OTIF and PPM Buyer Requirements : •Strong Purchasing background with experience in Procurement in an Engineering environment •Exposure to machined parts and castings would be beneficial •Strong negotiation skills •Solid background in supply management, with strong discipline in supplier cost avoidance •Desirable Qualities include: CIPS qualified/MRP experience •Previous experience in aerospace would be highly desirable •Ability to drive and travel to suppliers - international travel may be required Why Should You Apply? •Salary: £35,000-£45,000 + Benefits (DOE) •25 days annual holiday + bank holidays •Bonus up to 5% paid out annually • hour working week- early finish Friday's •Pension matched up to 7% •4 x salary Life assurance plan If this role is not what you're looking for don't worry. At X4 Engineering we cover all permanent and freelance positions, with specialist industry sector teams. You can check out all of our roles on our website and sign up for job alerts so you're the first to know about a new opportunity. About Us X4 Engineering X4 Engineering is a specialist recruitment business for the engineering sector. We are part of the X4 Group, a multi-award-winning group of brands specialising in Life Sciences, Engineering, Construction and Technology, with over 10 years of experience in successfully placing mid to senior level contract and permanent professionals across the globe. Our network of world class engineering talent sets us apart from the rest and allows us to deliver skilled professionals to our engineering partners across a number of industry sectors including Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Chemical and Process, Defence, Medical, Food and FMCG.