Junior Buyer

Junior Buyer
Posted 5 years ago

Location: Stone, Staffordshire

Salary: Negotiable


Junior Buyer

Working hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

This role is based predominantly within our Staffordshire office(s) however the individual may be required to travel to client and Supplier premises on an occasional basis.

The role reports to the Procurement Manager

Primary duties:

  • Manage and continuously review the Purchase Order System (MRP), to ensure it is accurate, up to date and consistently meets the requirements of the business.
  • To challenge existing and new suppliers to maximise margin and value for the benefit of the business.
  • Negotiate orders, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods.
  • Enhance relationships with suppliers and compile data relating to supplier performance to enable evaluation.
  • Overseeing the company spend and working with departmental managers to identify any potential cost saving activities.
  • Facilitating any tenders and ensuring the company are attracting and engaging with the best possible potential supply chain.
  • To rationalise supplier base to develop preferred sources of supply to meet the strategic business needs.
  • Propose and implement job related process improvements, participate in cross-functional reviews.
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant departments on purchasing processes and new projects and activities.
  • Monitor and advise on any issues which present risk or opportunity to the business.
  • Provide analysis on costs, new and existing and review potential cost reduction activities.
  • To maintain a professional and supportive relationship with suppliers and internal departments to deliver business objectives and deadlines.
  • Evaluate and support resolution on material quality, price, supply issues, delivery and invoice discrepancies.
  • Keep up to date on new developments that influence procurement practices and procedures.
  • This job description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive and may be reviewed in the future depending upon operational requirements and staffing levels.

 Secondary duties:

  • Support ERP development and maintenance.
  • Support Company performance reporting.


Essential skills

  • Experience in materials and sourcing management within a design and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Strong track record of negotiating procurement / buying terms.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both individually and as part of a team.
  • Strong planning, organisational, analytical, communication and networking skills are required.
  • Numerical and financial acumen.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to build rapport and communicate appropriately at all levels.

 Desirable skills

  • Minimum of 5 A*-C at GCSE level.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of buying / procurement within an MRP environment.
  • Experience in dealing with global suppliers.
  • High level of computer literacy, to include SAP, MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Special aptitudes ability to work under pressure and to tight schedules.
  • Strong organisational and administration skills.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • How many years of materials and sourcing management within manufacturing experience do you have?
  • How many years of track record of negotiating procurement / buying terms experience do you have?
  • How many years of buying / procurement within an MRP environment experience do you have?
  • How many years of planning, organisational, analytical & communication experience do you have?
  • How many years of Financial Acumen experience do you have?
  • Are you in Stone, Staffordshire?
  • Do you have the following licence or certification: legal to work in the UK?
  • Do you speak Proficient English (Must)?

Job Features

Job CategoryPermanent

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