Buyer - Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Relationships:

Responsible to: Purchasing manager at MK.

Internal liaison with: All employees, but predominantly - the Purchasing department, Production management, Niftylift Fabrications facility, Manufacturing Engineering, and Quality Engineers.

External liaison with the Company supplier base, via regular visits, face to face meeting, e-mail & phone.

Main Purpose of Job:

Together with the full Purchasing team, create & implement a joined up strategy for many varied commodities to meet the future demands of the Company.

Main Tasks of Job:

  • Jointly manage & audit a select approved supplier base on their financial stability, commercial acumen, quality levels & delivery aspects through a formal audit process.
  • Develop those vendors who Niftylift can adopt as partners to achieve robust sustainable growth, minimise cost & increase profit.
  • Ensure the Vendor base performance is within contractual agreement & supporting the company expectations of build & production flow line targets.
  • Confirm the suppliers have capacity to support current and also future build rates.
  • Competitively tender all parts as commodity groups, introduce new suppliers to meet the growth & development of Niftylift, through the NPI project process from conception to implementation into production.
  • Provide support through the NPI process to Design/Engineering/Manufacturing & QA departments to implement a successful introduction of new products & technologies into production.
  • Drive through & manage the implementation of direct & indirect savings in a cross functional cost reduction project.
  • Assist in the negotiation & implementation of supply contracts for various commodity groups to mitigate any risks to the company.
  • Support the change management process, and the sample approval receipt of components to meet both production, commercial & Quality objectives.
  • Ensure that all parts are correctly entered into ERP/MRP with the necessary procurement parameters & cost data.
  • Research globally for new opportunities & technologies which may be able to offer new innovative products & solutions in support of the Company's products.
  • This not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation, this may include training and mentoring colleagues.

Qualifications & Experience:

Familiarity with MRP/ERP systems would be of benefit but not essential.

Proficient in the use of Microsoft suite of applications in excel - using formulae & VLOOKUP.

CIPS 3, or currently undertaking CIPS.

Characteristics:

The role offers an opportunity for the right candidate to secure a structured career path into the Professional procurement world on a global basis & requires an enthusiastic, motivated individual who is keen to develop both their professional career to a high level & personally to mature in a dynamic environment requiring interaction on all levels from internal teams, to company Directors/Owners, encompassing foreign travel, supplier visits / Audits & the future implementation/development of on-going business processes.

Dynamic, results driven and with a passion to succeed, the Buyer would be an integral part of the Purchasing department & provide support under a senior role, whilst developing the suppliers within their own portfolio to an ever higher level of achievement. Formulating Procurement Strategy, Supplier Development, benchmarking and internal Metrics also form part of this stimulating and challenging role.

Contact Information:

Please send CV and covering letter (including expected package) to hr@niftylift.com.