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  • Job reference: RMS0173350

General Buyer - 31522

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: West Midlands
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 23/11/2016
  • Duration: 14 weeks

The Company:
Our Client is a world leading Automotive OEM which is responsible for some of the most iconic 4x4's & Sports Cars produced. Due to the huge demand for current models and substantial investment in future projects there is a requirement for more resources across the business in engineering & manufacturing on a contract basis.

The Role:
Supplier Development Specialist

The Purchase department sits within the Programme Purchase group. This team are charged with delivering the Prototype Cost Targets on future model programmes. This requires working closely with our associates in many operational functions, but principally Engineering, Production Purchase, and Finance. The role will require a high degree of confidence, self-drive, and commitment. You will need to be creative and help develop, implement, and maintain processes and procedures for the Prototype Purchase department. The role will focus on the development of a cross functional low volume supplier network and will require a close working relationship with a number of key stakeholders across the business. Opportunity for an intelligent, creative thinker to make a difference and deliver something that makes a significant impact for the business.

Skills Required:

Essential
Able to work with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of the business to deliver Prototype Purchasing objectives.
Have a continuous improvement mind-set.
Knowledge of manufacturing processes and methods.
Highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, determined and able to work on their own initiative.
Ability to work independently and also part of a team.
Strong levels of drive and determination to work in a changing environment and manage conflicting priorities for self.
Ability to interpret data and format in a concise manner.
Attention to detail
Strong business acumen.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Able to manage projects on time.
Ability to adapt and change plans at short notice (flexible and agile).

Desirable
Creative and able to scope work from a near blank canvas.
Experience of planning change management programmes.
Commodity and Supplier knowledge.
Experience of supplier development.
Experience of cross functional process development.

Skills Preferred:
3 KEY SKILLS REQUIRED:
1)Able to work with and influence a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of the business to deliver Prototype Purchasing objectives
2)Strong levels of drive, determination and leadership skills to work in a changing environment and manage conflicting priorities for self and others
3)Have a continuous improvement mind-set

Experience Required:
-Execution of Supplier Development Strategy and introduce a best in class supplier development model. -Lead continuous improvement programme. -Introduce relevant measurable KPI¿s and supplier evaluation criteria. -Develop long term relationships with key suppliers. -Support technical negotiations with suppliers. -Ensure self and suppliers are undertaking 'best practice' to minimise prototype costs. -Provide coaching/ support to PD engineers and Purchase buyers. -Maintain and meet/exceed departmental objectives. -Develop and refine Prototype Purchase processes and procedures.

Education Required:
Ideally qualified to degree level (or equivalent) and/or have a professional qualification in purchasing, manufacturing, production engineering or cost engineering.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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