Technical Buyer

Ref No. BHN530466
Salary £28,000 - £30,000/annum
Location Aylesbury, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open


Our client are seeking an experienced buyer to join their team on a full time basis at their site in Aylesbury.


Engineering/Manufacturing Procurement Experience

The Job

We are looking for a Project Buyer, who will be responsible for:

  • Supplier Relationship Management.
  • Tender / Benchmarking activities
  • Identifying long lead and high costed items at project handovers.
  • Material / inventory reduction management
  • Liaising with the Production and Purchasing Manager to give live status reports and updates.
  • Working closely with others in the department to identify continuous improvements to reduce time and cost.
  • Managing projects from a procurement aspect from design concept through to delivery, ensuring material and pricing are to specification and budget.
  • All other associated task to support the Procurement team as and when the business requires.

What you'll need to succeed:

Essential qualities:

  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to analyse cost effectiveness and make sound business decisions.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities for multiple projects.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively in a high paced and demanding environment.
  • Experience working with MRP & ERP Systems.
  • Computer literate

Desirable qualities:

  • Knowledge of purchasing concepts in a manufacturing environment.
  • Level 4 or higher CIPS certification, a diploma/degree or relevant experience in a similar role
  • Commercial experience in a manufacturing /buying /Procurement function
  • Experience with Lean / Continuous Improvement activities.
  • Ability to read and work with technical engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge/experience with logistics.

What your key responsibilities will be:

  • Raising purchase orders in accordance with the MRP demands, and purchase requisitions in a timely manner ensuring they are raised correctly with accurate information to allow the purchase.
  • Management of supplier relationships on a day-to-day basis chasing delivery shortage and requesting best price possible to keep costs under project budget.
  • Managing supplier performance through OTIF, cost, quality and responsiveness through business reviews, phone calls and supporting the Purchasing Manager with quarterly business reviews.
  • Identifying/creating cost saving opportunities within your area, working in a project format to help deliver that cost saving to the business.
  • Preparing and supporting tenders for new customer projects.
  • Representing procurement in various meetings to support production and give updates on deliveries to facilitate production scheduling.
  • Resolving invoice queries with finance and suppliers to ensure payments are on time, this will include amending orders and communicating with suppliers on any invoicing errors.
  • Reacting to production demand change where required to pull in material to meet requirements.
  • Inventory management, ensuring stock is maintained at correct values / levels and managing excess inventory.
  • Raising part returns to suppliers for faulty parts, working through corrective action and remedy with the supplier whilst monitoring and recording each occurrence.
  • Adhere to any Health and Safety or environmental company procedure to maintain safety for self and others around.
  • Preparing reports and updates as and when required.

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