Reference: 00126
Sector(s): Supply Chain
Salary: £30,000 to £32,000 Per Annum
Salary Details: £30000 - £32000 Per Annum pension and death in service scheme
Town/City: Kettering
Contract Type: Permanent
Role: Buyer
Location: Kettering
Salary: £32’000
Hours of work: 8.00am - 5.00pm Mondays - Thursdays, and 8.00am - 2.00pm on Fridays
Benefits: 25 days annual leave with the 8 Bank Holidays. Death in Service scheme which is 2 x salary. Also Pension scheme


In terms of the products being purchased it would be of benefit if you had experience of buying any of the following;

* Plastic injection mouldings
* Press metal work
* Acoustic materials and NVH (Noise, Vibration - Harshness)
* Leather, foams and fabrics (PU Leatherette, Vinyl etc)

Finally, candidates is you have experience of inventory management would also be a bonus but this is not essential for the role.

Purpose of Job
To undertake the purchase and supply of raw materials, finished goods and indirect services for our business. To provide support to the Supply Chain Manager in all Purchasing and Logistics activities related to the fulfilment of customer orders through material procurement, stock control, supplier sourcing and management to ensure production activities meet customer requirements.


* Monitor and maintain supply lines for all raw materials and nominated services into the business to ensure that they are ‘fit for purpose’ in line with the business requirements.
* Represent the Purchasing department at NPI meetings to ensure that all pre-production requirements are met in an accurate and timely manner.
* Provide support to logistic colleagues to ensure the co-ordination of requirements with manufacturing and expediting of supplies in line with customer schedules.
* Support the management, control and optimisation of all material stocks on site.
* Control the day-to-day management and updating of Vendor Measurement System and department KPI’s
* Administration and maintenance of company data and BOM’s
* Co-ordinate and control all supplier sourcing, evaluation, contract negotiation and development

* Direct, develop and manage staff within the Purchasing and Logistics departments in the absence of the SCM.
* Any other duties / tasks as required by the SCM.

Key Performance Indicators

* Supplier delivery performance (Monthly)
* Cost Savings / Cost Avoidance (Monthly)
* Stock Accuracy


* MCIPS - Preferred

Skills and Experience

* Experience of procurement within a Manufacturing environment (preferably Automotive) - essential
* Handling key suppliers and identifying potential alternatives - essential
* Identifying and managing cost reduction initiatives - essential
* Strong negotiation skills.
* Developing supply Strategies and working with procurement to ensure smooth flow of materials in to the business.
* Managing Non Conformity Report’s and working with suppliers - other departments within the business to implement robust corrective actions.
* Working within the NPI teams.
* Keeping I.T system accurate and up to date with current purchasing parameters.
* Generating reports and analysing purchasing data.
* Making regular visits to suppliers both within UK and Europe.
* Good knowledge of MRP systems and Microsoft applications (Office, Excel - to include Pivot Tables and VLOOKUP)
* Excellent planning and organisation
* Strong commercial awareness
* Strong interpersonal skills and strength of character to implement and drive through change.
* Detailed and thorough approach to all aspects of work.
* Ability to communicate at all levels within an organisation.
* Full clean driving license essential.