Buyer - Panels & Composites

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Buyer - Panels & Composites

A leading automotive OEM is seeking a Buyer to join their Gaydon team in the Purchasing division. The opportunity will allow you to work within the UK automotive industry that is known best for premium and sports cars. This famous and iconic manufacturer are offering a long-term contract opportunity that will you to work with their current and future vehicle ranges.

Job Description


Location: CV35 - Gaydon, Warwickshire
Rate: £23-25/h
Job Type: Contract
Date Posted: 21st September
Job Title/s: Buyer

An opportunity has arisen within a leading automotive client. The role of Buyer is responsible for procurement of 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 supplier

Candidate Requirements:
-Preferably educated to Degree level and a full member of CIPS, or at least working towards this.
-Previous purchasing experience is essential with experience of panels and composites being desirable.
-Understanding of the strategic role of the purchasing function and ability to work at this level.
-Demonstrable ability to prioritise tasks and have effective time management and analytic skills.
-Good communication and interpersonal skills.
-Post holder should hold a full driving licence and be prepared to travel where their specific work responsibilities require.

-Develop and maintain commodity strategies for a specific range of commodities, ensuring that internal processes are kept up to date on market place commercial and technical developments, as well as potential suppliers. Collaboration with other areas on maintaining commodity strategies which meet the short as well as the long term aims of the business.
-Evaluate cost data and quotation analysis forms and identify cost saving opportunities. Quickly assimilate supplier and internal processes in order to positively impact purchasing performance.
-Confidently enter into total cost and contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers.
-Understand and apply 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 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, focusing 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 the function to achieve its business objectives, through meeting or ideally exceeding defined objectives.

This vacancy is being advertised by Advanced Resource Managers. ARM are award winning experts in technology and engineering recruitment, we fill specialist positions across some of the most competitive technology and engineering industries in the world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Advanced Resource Managers Engineering Limited operates & advertises as an Employment Agency for permanent positions and as an Employment Business for contract/temporary positions.

Key Consultant

Jamie Appleby

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I specialise in contract recruitment within the vehicle technologies and automotive industry. I have a broad experience working with automotive OEMs and UK-based consultancies. Recruiting various roles within design, studio, quality and costing; from technician level through to management.