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  • Job reference: RMS0141722

Buyer Automotive

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Gaydon
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 09/07/2014
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The Company:
A luxury Automotive OEM based in the West Midlands. After continued growth & success there are a number of new exciting engineering projects underway and we currently have requirements for experienced engineering professionals.

The Role:
To procure a defined range of components, in line with Purchasing departmental procedures and objectives, focusing on securing strong commercial terms and excellent quality and delivery service levels from our suppliers

Key Responsibilities & Tasks
•Develop and maintain commodity strategies for a specific range of commodities, ensuring that our Client, is kept up to date on market place commercial and technical developments, as well as potential suppliers. Collaboration with other areas of our Client on maintaining commodity strategies which meet the short as well as the long term aims of the business.
•Analyse cost data and quotation analysis forms and identify cost saving opportunities. Quickly assimilate supplier and our clients processes in order to make a positive impact upon purchasing performance.
•Confidently enter into total cost and contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers.
•Understand and apply the tools and techniques to close cost gaps and achieve value for money whilst maintaining supplier relationships.
•Manage supplier performance through vehicle launch phases and current vehicle phases, ensuring that Quality, Cost and Delivery performance is maintained at high levels. In addition, provide enthusiasm and passion for driving continuous improvement in these metrics, internally at our client as well as at the Supplier.
•Provide purchasing / commercial input into cross-functional teams that effectively contributes to the organisation’s programme goals by applying a confident approach to teamwork.
•Understand and support the quality department in achieving full Quality Approval (Supplier Performance Approval Process).
•Constantly strive for process improvement opportunities internally as well as with the Supplier base, focussing on business ‘Best Practice’ initiatives.
•Identify supplier risk and develop robust risk mitigation strategies where necessary.
•Lead and promote good supplier relationships.
•Play an instrumental role in enabling

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
•Degree level educated and a full member of CIPS, or at least working towards this.
•Previous purchasing experience is desirable.
•Understanding of the strategic role of the purchasing function and ability to work at this level.
•The individual should hold a full driving licence and be prepared to travel where their specific work responsibilities require it.
•The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to prioritise tasks, effective time management and good communication and analytical skills.
•A minimum of 5 years purchasing experience ideally within a manufacturing environment is required; however, of greater importance is the individual’s aptitude and commitment to rapidly assimilate the needs of the role and to be quickly performing in the role, to a high standard.
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