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Senior Buyer

Ref no. BHN569468
Salary £60,000/annum
Location Oxfordshire, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Open

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Buyer to join our client's procurement team in Oxfordshire.

Key skills required for this role

Strategic Procurement, Senior Buyer, Leadership, negotiator


Senior procurement experience in a fast changing engineering environment

Job description

The position:

As a Senior Buyer, you will play a crucial role in providing expertise and leadership, ensuring best value procurement to time, cost, and quality imperatives. Working as part of the Direct Procurement team, you will interact with multiple stakeholders and promote high professional standards.
Key responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of suppliers focusing on both tactical and strategic development.
  • Expedite and progress deliveries from suppliers, maintaining timely reporting of delivery status.
  • Ensure that all aspects of transactional procurement of goods and services are achieved.
  • Optimize total value from suppliers, ensuring on-time and high-quality delivery.
  • Support and motivate the Procurement team to achieve departmental measures of performance.
  • Support and develop continuous improvement initiatives within the team.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers to provide the best value to the business.
  • Rationalise and develop the supplier base to those that provide the best value to the business.
  • Provide procurement leadership to internal stakeholders, using experience and influencing skills where needed.
  • Sell the value of the Procurement function to the wider business, driving commercial opportunities through greater engagement.
  • Perform any other tasks and responsibilities required by the company.


  • At least 5 years of procurement experience, supported by a CIPS qualification (desirable but not essential).
  • Proven procurement experience in a fast-changing engineering environment.
  • Procurement experience within a motorsport or similar industry background.
  • Ability to establish strong relationships internally and externally at all levels of the business.
  • Ability to react quickly and prioritize immediate operational requirements.
  • Good problem-solving and team-working skills, with the ability to work under own initiative.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and influencing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Office.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A self-starter with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • A good team player with an approachable professional manner.
  • A flexible approach to working hours in line with fluctuating work requirements.
  • A full UK driving license.

What can Our Client offer?
Our client offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on-site, and various car schemes. There is also an on-site gym and a variety of fitness classes available for all staff and contractors to use. Free onsite parking and large open green spaces provide opportunities to unwind during breaks.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion and is open to discussing reasonable job adjustments.

If you are a Senior Buyer with experience in the automotive or aerospace manufacturing sector, we encourage you to apply now!

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