Senior Buyer – Indirects

Calling all brilliant procurement professionals with a background managing indirect spend!  Fancy working with a truly iconic business at one of the most exciting times in their history?  Fancy working at a brand new, purpose built facility?  Looking to get involved in literally every area of indirect spend in a growing business?  Check this out!

What’s on offer?

  • Base salary of £40,000 to £50,000
  • 5% matched pension
  • 25 days holiday plus bank hols
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible working – minimum 3 days a week in office

What will you be doing?

You’ll be taking the lead on defining and executing the strategy for all areas of indirect spend across this fast growing manufacturing business – this will include such diverse categories as production consumables, after-market parts, CAPEX purchases, marketing, merchandise and licensing agreements, IT, HR, catering, legal, work wear, the list goes on.  As with a lot of manufacturing businesses indirect spend hasn’t been looked at as closely as its direct counterpart, which means there is plenty of opportunity to realise both commercial and performance benefits by procurement getting involved – you’ll need to engage and influence stakeholders across every function in the business to help them ensure they are getting the best possible service at the best possible cost.  You’ll be undertaking supplier rationalisation, running competitive tender processes for goods and services, contracting out high value service contracts and managing the performance of your chosen suppliers throughout the duration of their contracts.  You’ll also be responsible for the buyers in your team, ensuring they are meeting both their business and personal objectives, including their ongoing development.

Who will you be doing it for?

You’ll be joining an iconic manufacturer who are embarking on an exciting chapter in their history.  You’ll work out of gorgeous brand new offices at a purpose built manufacturing/head office site and will join an outgoing, personable team who always do their best to make everyone feel welcome, included and supported.  This is a business that believes in looking after it’s staff and rewarding their dedication and hard work, including putting on twice yearly company events so you can let your hair down and celebrate all your achievements. 

What do you need to bring to the party?

To be successful in this role it’s expected that you’ll be able to bring the majority of the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience of managing procurement of a wide range of indirect categories – applications that can demonstrate this in any industry will be considered but manufacturing is highly desirable
  • Ideally CIPS qualified or equivalent or working towards
  • Strong experience of owning category strategy formulation and execution
  • Prior people/team management responsibility is advantageous but not essential
  • Outstanding communicator and influencer, able to engage and build strong relationships at all levels of a business both internally and externally
  • Any previous experience of implementing new procurement processes and systems would be a big bonus

If the above sounds like a bit of you and you’d like to learn more, apply today with a copy of your CV, your LinkedIn profile or whatever you have, or drop us a line for a chat.  Every application is reviewed by a person, and everyone will get a response, it’s the least you deserve.

Job Information

Job Reference: V-32156
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum, Benefits: 5% matched pension, 25 days holiday, life insurance, flexible working
Salary From: £40000
Salary To: £50000
Job Industries: Purchasing & Procurement
Job Locations: Solihull
Job Types: Permanent

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