Buyer (Direct & Indirect Procurement) 3-6 months FTC
Based: Enfield, Middlesex
Salary: £35,000 DOE (Pro rata) & Benefits
My client is a world class manufacturer, based in Enfield, Middlesex. An opportunity has arisen for them to appoint an additional Buyer into their in-house Purchasing Team initially on a 3-6 month FTC. This is an exciting time to join the business as they are in the early stages of transformation and there is the potential to make a real impact within this well respected company. Reporting into the Purchasing Manager, the successful candidate will be supporting the manufacturing operation of the business by providing professional sourcing, negotiation and contract implementation services covering direct and indirect categories. The post holder will be required to ensure exceptional quality of service is provided by vendors and contractors whilst simultaneously delivering high value and significant year on year cost reductions.
Applications are invited from Buyers, Purchasers, Supply Chain and Procurement Practitioners who have experience of both direct and indirect categories. Candidates must be motivated to exceed KPI requirements (individual and team) and suggest improvements to streamline processes after conducting their own analysis. Those who have previously worked within a heavy manufacturing and/or high volume, process driven environments (i.e. automotive, chemical, FMCG, food, agro-chemical, pharmaceutical, refining, or similar) are desirable but this is not essential.
Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, and be confident liaising with stakeholders across all levels of the business from technicians up to senior management on a daily basis. You will need to get people on board with new continuous improvement initiatives such as engineers who are used to going out to suppliers directly themselves and obtain the approval of key stakeholders when presenting the best contract options for the business with suppliers. You also need to have a high level of numeracy in order to be comfortable making precise mathematical calculations to support negotiations.
Applicants must have a proven track record of developing and maintaining professional working relationships with both external suppliers and internal stakeholders. Equally as important is the ability to work well in a team across a range of commodity categories. This role will mostly be office-based but may involve both domestic and overseas travel to visit suppliers for audits and meetings on occasions, so a driving licence and passport are highly desirable. There may be the possibility of this role being extended or another position becoming available within the company during your time with them - it is rare that they let a good employee who arrives on a temporary contract walk away from the business!
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