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Category Buyer

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    Supply Chain

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    £23.90 - 33.35 per hour

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    Gayle Britton

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  • Published:

    23 days ago

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Category Buyer

Peterlee – 2 days WFH/3 days onsite

Initial 24 month contract – highly likely to be ongoing for the right person!

36.5 hours a week with a lunchtime finish on a Friday!

Up to £24.85 per hour PAYE (depending on experience) / Umbrella rates also available

We’re looking for a Category Buyer to join a world leading manufacturer of construction and off highway machinery on an initial 24 month contract, which is highly likely to be ongoing for the right person! This is an incredible organisation to be aligned with, a Fortune 100 company that due to its global platform comes an opportunity to lead sustainable green initiatives to preserve the environment, and care for the communities they help build. Could this be the great opportunity you’ve been looking for, and the next step in your career?

What the Category Buyer’s remit involves:

  • Strategic buying of steel fabrications, harnesses and cables, non-metallics (plastic, rubber etc.)
  • Provide leadership for sourcing, logistics and resource management decisions. Lead continuous improvement initiatives and purchasing new product introduction activities within Purchasing.
  • Be accountable for the development and implementation of a site, regional or worldwide strategy into support of a global sourcing strategy of special purchasing programs, and supporting specific Product line(s) NPI programs
  • Collaborate with Supplier Development Engineers to lead and drive continuous improvement in Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development and Management (QCLDM) with key suppliers
  • Develop and lead Strategic Sourcing teams to fully understand the current performance of the supply base, evaluate strategic options, decide a course of action, and begin implementation
  • Manage global suppliers delivering into many of our client’s facilities.
  • Travel: approx. 25% of the time (mainly UK and Europe)

Skills and experience we’re looking for:

  • Proven experience in purchasing (3 years min.) – ideally gained in an automotive, heavy machinery or aerospace manufacturing environment, with experience of working in a broader metrics system.
  • Buying of steel fabrications, harnesses & cables, non-metallics would be an advantage.
  • Strong negotiation skills; able to interpret, analyse, and negotiate contractual cost elements.
  • Demonstrable experience building and maintaining supplier relationships
  • Knowledge of purchasing strategy and supplier sourcing strategies
  • Used to using MRP/ERP systems. SAP experience would be an advantage
  • Very good software/IT skills in MS Office. Powerpoint is essential, along with good presenting skills
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles, Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) and QCLDM
  • Must have strong knowledge of product, NPI, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Category Strategies.
  • Analytical, problem solving, and project leadership expertise.

To apply, please submit a copy of your up to date CV clearly indicating your relevant experience. Applicants must have an existing right to work in the UK and evidence of eligibility will be required. Suitable candidates will be contacted.

The above represents a summary of the contract assignment.  A full description of this contract assignment is available. A full explanation of this rate and all deductions will be explained in a key information document (KID) supplied to registered candidates.