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Purchasing and Procurement

Commodity Buyer / Purchasing Administrator /Procurement Officer


Job Title: Commodity Buyer

Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 6WR

Salary: Competitive, depending on experience

Job type: Full Time, Temp (12 Month Contract)

Company Overview:

The role of the Commodity Buyer is to Manage and control the Procurement of designated Materials / Commodities required to meet the needs of the business. Ensure that goods and services are purchased at Best Value – Quality Product / Delivered on Time at the most advantageous price.

Key Responsibilities:

Procurement of CAT

  • From the ‘Minimum Stock’ report actively place PO’s for designated parts as required to meet the needs of the business
  • Verify review levels based on Usage, MOQ, UOM, and Sales Forecast. Ensure specifications are clear, concise and maintained accurately on the company system
  • Actively place business with Preferred Vendors. Check Acknowledgements and update the system accordingly. Progress open orders as to ensure that delivery dates are met

Procurement of Non CAT

  • Place ‘Back to Back’ Purchase Orders on receipt of Sales Order or via the company requisition system
  • Ensure specifications are clear, concise, mirror the customer requirement and are maintained accurately on the company system
  • Check Acknowledgements and update the system accordingly. Progress open orders as to ensure that delivery dates are met

Develop an Assured Supply Base

  • Foster good relationships with Vendors. Understand the capability for vendor accounts assigned. Determine the most reliable and cost effective sources of supply for inclusion on the preferred vendor list
  • Maintain a regular dialogue with key vendors and actively take part in meetings (occasional visits)
  • Provide essential feedback in terms of performance
  • Seek new / alternative sources of supply and follow the vendor approval process for their introduction
  • Identify long lead time vendors / parts and sole source

Ensure prices paid are within agreed budgeted targets / standard costs

  • Keep abreast of market trends for materials
  • Benchmark existing vendors in a bid to maximise their purchasing potential
  • Undertake cost down projects as directed by Procurement Manager and/or the company management team

Provide essential support to Estimator

  • Understand the estimating process. Lend support to estimators to establish the cost of acquisition and assist where necessary to ensure QE’s are completed in a timely manner

Key Requirements:

  • Excellent telephone and listening skills
  • Ability to influence decision makers and manage relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ability to manage commercial negotiations
  • Ability to work as part of a cross functional team
  • Excellent organising, communication and problem solving skills
  • Must be a team player
  • Previous experience working in a dynamic Purchasing Team
  • Systems experience using CACHE and/or similar platform MRP/SAP etc.
  • A technical knowledge gained from a similar engineering / material supply business
  • CIPS qualified would be an advantage
  • Educated to A level standard
  • Excellent numerical, reporting and reasoning skills

Note: This is a maternity cover position for 12 months, however, for the right candidate, there may be the possibility of a permeant position.

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