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Supply Chain Recruitment
Closing date
15 Oct 2021

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Based in Farnworth, Bolton

Around £30k + Benefits

Our client is looking for an experienced Buyer to join their team.


* Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with approved and potential suppliers to ensure competitive pricing, payment terms and quality products for the group

* Identify procurement needs and develop targets and strategies for ongoing cost improvements and efficiencies without sacrificing quality - specifically benchmarking, negotiating prices, service delivery and ensuring added value

* Hold frequent supplier performance and compliance reviews and ensure that Supplier KPI's are measured and achieved in line with key business objectives

* Visit suppliers, as and when required, to carry out suitability appraisals and reviews

* Maintain Procurement best practice techniques on contract tendering (including RFI, RFQ, RFP), especially on own brand items

* Negotiate retrospective discounts from all suppliers and monitor target achievement progress when appropriate

* Ensure price increases and product changes only occur in line with company policy and all information is passed to the membership

* Ensure timely receipt and analysis of supplier sales and product volumes by member to monitor trends and take appropriate action

* Source new products and suppliers from both inside and outside the UK as required

* Maintain and monitor quality control master samples of branded products to ensure continuity of production and consistent supply

* Attend and proactively participate in Committee and General Meetings, which may be off site and could require overnight attendance

* Prepare and present meaningful and informative Procurement updates to the company membership at General Meetings

* Work closely with Sales & Marketing, the Procurement team & Committee to plan product ranges and benchmark for company catalogues

* Log and monitor commodity indices on a weekly basis, sourcing additional indices as necessary

* Log and follow up member complaints

* Update and maintain supplier records and diaries

* Ensure administrative tasks are presented accurately and in line with the Procurement Committee requirements

* Liaise with the head of the Procurement Committee to ensure the wishes of the committee are being carried out

* Prepare and distribute correspondence when requested, from Directors to members and suppliers

* Gather feedback from members which relates to Procurement activity with approved and non-approved suppliers, to improve understanding of group spend and improve negotiating position

* Complete a weekly activity report for the Procurement Manager

* Contribute to a monthly team board report for the CEO

* Communicate with the Board, membership and Head Office team to develop and enhance Team approach methods


At least 2 years' practical experience in a procurement buyer role

Strong procurement knowledge and experience in working across various functions, businesses and regions

Practical knowledge of procurement processes, policies and procedures

End to end sourcing experience

Relevant product knowledge or ability to learn quickly

Strong analytical skills

Solid organisational skills

Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously to meet goals and deadlines

Strong emphasis on accuracy and detail

Deep understanding and professional experience with purchasing contracts and associated risk

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, especially Excel functions (e.g. VLOOKUP, Macros, Pivot tables etc)

Excellent negotiation and customer service skills

Good presentation skills
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