Category Buyer

Ref No. BHN371529
Salary £30,000 - £35,000/annum
Location Southampton, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open

Introduction

A luxury manufacturing business require a Category Buyer. Working across a number of category spend areas, the Category Buyer will drive procurement activity around; cost savings, supplier relationship management and category management.

Important

Buyer, Senior Buyer, Category Buyer, Commodity Buyer, Procurement, Sourcing, Purchasing

The Job

A luxury manufacturing business require a Category Buyer. Working across a number of category spend areas, the Category Buyer will drive strategic procurement work around; cost savings, supplier relationship management and category management.

The Category Buyer will join a team of Buyer and Senior Buyer level-procurement professionals, to add strategic value to the organisation, which is enjoying a spell of unprecedented growth. The Category Buyer will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of procurement strategies around spend areas including; composite materials, metallic raw materials, timber, furnishings, off the shelf-commodities (motors, pumps, filters). This is a hugely exciting time to be joining the organisation, as the order book is fill and a new ERP system removing a lot of the operational and administrative work from the team.

Specific duties of the Category Buyer include:

  • Supply market intelligence activities - tracking of commodity prices, market trends, supplier landscape etc.
  • Contribute to the formulation of category management strategies with Senior Buyer and Head of Procurement
  • Development of suppliers to achieve quality, cost, delivery, technical and innovation to the business
  • Ensure procurement is conducted in-line with total cost ownership methodologies
  • Support make vs buy activities
  • Introduction of long term agreements with suppliers and ensure SLAs are met
  • Work with procurement leadership to drive innovation and change in the function

Category Buyer applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Previous procurement experience as a; Buyer, Senior Buyer or Category Buyer
  • Procurement expertise gained within manufacturing, engineering or luxury goods sectors
  • The ability to build relationships with suppliers, and effectively own a set of categories
  • Negotiation experience, and the ability to achieve cost savings
  • Understanding of how MRP/ERP works#
  • The ability to professionalise and drive strategic change within a procurement team

Adam Cardey
manages this role


 

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