Forbes HR Ltd
West Sussex, UK
13 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our West Sussex-based client is a specialist manufacturer of protection systems. They build armoured, tactical and counter terrorism vehicles as well as high-performance survivability solutions for military, government and security organisations across the world. Their customers trust them to provide high quality equipment that can be relied on in life-threatening situations.
We have been tasked with finding an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic Buyer (Bids & Projects) to join the team as soon as possible on an interim contract of 3 - 6 months.

Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, your role will be to support the materials requirements for our Clients vehicle armouring programmes. You will be accountable for cost, time, and quality of supplied goods and services on £multi-million armoured vehicle programs.

Key Responsibilities:
• Support the sales function in winning new business through accurate cost estimating and development of concept bills of material.
• Single Point of Contact for the project team, managing procurement dependencies across Quality, Product Development, Logistics, Production and Legal departments, ensuring customer & supplier requirements are managed.
• Create the bid & project procurement strategies leading make / buy decisions, communicating clear cost, time and quality deliverables to key stakeholders.
• Supplier nomination, ensuring capacity and capability within the supply chain through robust evaluation of suppliers promoting long-term performance through strategic relationship management.
• Lead the planning of materials requirements to ensure timely deliveries within budget, working collaboratively with Category Buyers to manage exceptions.
• Management of production shortages, addressing through influence of others or resolving as a matter of priority.
• Responsible for creating and managing material budgets for your bids and projects.
• You will establish Bill of Materials costs for key stages of product maturity. You will identify and pursue all savings and cost efficiencies.
• Provide routine management reports demonstrating supply chain performance.
• Promote a design-for-manufacture culture through early supplier involvement and collaborative working with internal & external engineering teams.
• Manage subcontract risk and opportunities ensuring mitigation through use of effective terms of business.
• Manage unique & critical suppliers to the bids and projects you are responsible for.
• Seek continual improvement, especially in relation to reducing costs and maintaining stock at an optimised level.

• Experience in a strategic leadership role in Supply Chain Management
• Extensive experience of strategic sourcing in the vehicle, engineering and production environment
• Strong negotiator
• Able to manage demanding external and internal stakeholders
• Experience of multi-site purchasing requirements
• Familiarity with defence procurement and commercial sales processes
• CIPS preferred or currently studying for CIPS.
• Proven supply chain management experience within automotive , engineering and manufacturing industries
• An excellent understanding of technical drawings, design intent and manufacturing processes.
• Ability to manage low-level maturity design and skilled in cost estimating.
• Planning & implementation skills, able to deliver to tight deadlines.
• Strong negotiator.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent organisational skills with ability to manage conflicting priorities well
• Full driving licence.

N.B. Due to the nature of the work IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL APPLICANTS DO HOLD A FULL AND VALID BRITISH PASSPORT. Please do not apply if you fail to meet these criteria as we will not be able to complete the required security clearance for you.
To APPLY, please contact Jason Seed DipRP, DipRSA, FIRP, Director of Forbes HR Ltd on:
Telephone: (phone number removed)
Mobile: (phone number removed)

Forbes HR Ltd are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.
Forbes HR Ltd operates as an Employment Agency and Business

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