Senior Buyer

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  • Location

    Luton, Bedfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Up to £400 per day

  • Contact:

    Matthew Crook

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months+

  • Expiry date:


  • Start date:

    AUTUMN 2018

  • Client:


A leading Aerospace manufacturers based near Luton Airport are recruiting for a Senior Buyer to join on an interim basis for 6 months initially. Although an extension is likely or the option to be taken on permanent.

Role Title: Senior Buyer - Indirect

Purpose of Role

A dynamic and proactive Aero/defence business is recruiting a Senior Buyer - Indirect. Applicants need excellent supplier relationship skills, the ability to source new suppliers and ideally have experience within a manufacturing environment.

Actively working across a variety of projects, the role will see the Senior Buyer - Indirect source nationally and internationally, negotiate with existing and new suppliers and sourcing a range of products and services.

The Senior Buyer - Indirect will take full end to end ownership of one or several assigned commodity portfolios, with responsibility for the design and execution of sourcing and supply chain strategy. The Senior Buyer - Indirect will play a key role in the continued optimisation of the Supply Chain, delivering year on year cost savings in support of the growth targets for the business.

The Senior Buyer - Indirect will be tasked with leading complex, cross commodity negotiations, within commodities such as Transport, Cutting Tool, Maintenance & Service, Packaging, FM, Professional Services, IT & Telecom. An understanding of a commercial environment is key, working across multiple product lines, with key deliverables in place, against dedicated timelines. Knowledge of implementation and management of Supplier Contracts would also be an advantage to this position.

Work content will require minimal supervision and will contain a variety of simple and complex suppliers. This is a hands on, strategic focused role ensuring operational realisation is achieved, within a fast paced manufacturing environment, operating to the highest standards.

Develop supplier relationships to optimise cost, quality, innovation, ensure continuity and security of supply, collaboration, risk and opportunity exploitation all key parameters to develop product and business winning differentiators.

Job Description

Supports the SPG sites in continuous improvement of procurement policies, procedures and documentation. Where applicable to own and drive supply base innovation and initiatives to improve cost, quality and delivery performance

Experience of implementing Supplier Relationship Management techniques / tools with suppliers (RMMs, Score Cards, Monthly Performance Reviews (MPRs), Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs), Communications Plans, Risk Management, DnB report, Sanctions list etc.)

Manage risk proactively within the Supply Chain incorporating the use of risk registers / Kraljic methods and regular reviews with high risk suppliers

Confident and able when the SCM delegates responsibilities to the Senior Buyer - Indirect to ensure tasks / actions are communicated and completed against deadlines

Skills / Knowledge / Experience Required - (Desirable not essential)

Degree or equivalent in Business Studies, Electronics / Mechanical / Aerospace / Manufacturing Engineering desirable but not essential

CIPS Qualification (MCIPS) or Equivalent to minimum of level 5

APICS CPIM desirable

Defence / Aerospace exposure would be highly beneficial

Demonstrates experience in "direct" principles and practices procurement, gained in a fast-moving Manufacturing environment is desirable

Continuous improvement / lean manufacturing knowledge

Good negotiation and influencing skills and able to manage a variety of relationships both vertically and horizontally

Experience running the tender process

A good understanding of the Legal Aspects associated with contracting within the Defence/Aerospace industry

An awareness of the Export Controls (including ITAR & EAR) associated with contracting within the Defence/Aerospace industry is desirable

Proficient in MS Office Suite and database management skills

Experience with MRP / ERP Systems. SAP is desirable

Experience and adaptable working in IPTs or Commodities environments

Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to successfully work cross functionally within the business

Well organised, with solid judgement, able to multitask and adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

High level of motivation and professionalism is required

Good analytical and numerical skills as well as planning capabilities

If the Senior Buyer position is of interest please apply of contact Matthew Crook on 0161 707 1516/