Posted 20/05/2024 by Proftech Talent

Walsall, West Midlands
£33,000 - £35,000/annum benefits


The buyer role will be responsible for the procurement and management of inventory in a cost effective and timely manner. The buyer position requires a detail orientated professional, who possesses excellent communication and relationship building skills, coupled with the ability to work under a somewhat time pressured environment to satisfy production demands. The role requires the ability to influence buying decisions to guarantee preferred terms with regards to quality, cost and delivery that will directly feed into Procurement strategy and the departments SQCDP targets.

Performance Targets:

  • Overall 2% reduction in purchase price
  • >90% VOTD
  • Kits OTIF > 99%

Key Responsibilities:


  • Build and maintain supplier relationships, providing clear communication on day to day procurement activities.
  • Liaise with wider team when making buying decisions to ensure the 'best decision' is made to suit PP strategy.
  • Ability to liaise with customers as applicable when making supply chain decisions .
  • Escalate issues that cannot be resolved within the wider team to the Procurement Manager.


  • Conduct oneself in a safe and respectful manner, ensuring the ongoing health and safety of yourself and others.


  • Ensure system is kept up to date with correct and relevant information at all times (examples)
  • Manage demand report on a daily basis to ensure any demand is captured and placed in accordance with MOQ/MOV/Lead Time information and receipts are being managed against changing demand
  • Update/establish safety stock levels in BC against up to date/forecasted demand to achieve continuity of supply
  • Work with NCR team on supplier rejects with a view to facilitating problem solving and corrective action and pending quality concerns.


  • Work with current/potential suppliers to negotiate cost reduction
  • Reject/defer cost increases from suppliers via negotiation
  • Identify methods to increase buying power with selected suppliers to increase preferential terms and in turn, result in cost reduction/supplier consolidation.
  • Ensure payment terms are in line with/exceed standard terms with all suppliers.
  • Have the ability to negotiate discounted terms and rebate agreements to offer advantageous terms.
  • Ability to manage spend to limit the amount of stock being held at company , including obsolescence.
  • Diligently manage PPV with the commercial team to guarantee pricing variation is being captured and relayed back to the customer.


  • Manage open demand to ensure DOT target is met.
  • Manage suppliers against requested/promised date information in accordance with Procurement objectives
  • Categorize suppliers using A,B,C analysis and manage accordingly
  • A - High value/Long Lead/Prone to change - Frequent management via weekly TEAMs/call/meetings to ensure orders are still on track
  • B - Moderate value/Moderate Lead- Bi Weekly meeting to review order book and lead times
  • C- Low value/short lead - supplier order books
  • Any variances that cannot be resolved to be escalated through the appropriate channels
  • Work with suppliers on lead time reduction by negotiation of SLA's/blanket orders.
  • Increase stock turns by introducing stock management tools such as VMI, Min/Max, Kanban, SLA.
  • Update suppliers with appropriate forecast and anticipated demand levels and prep the supply chain in anticipation of PO placement at company.


  • To work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to establish and maintain working relationships.
  • Engage in staff training/team building exercises to promote cross functional working
  • Support/facilitate project work when required
  • Demonstrate core values
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