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Strategic Buyer

  • Location:

    HARROW, United Kingdom

  • Contact:

    Gemma Cartney

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Expiry date:


Are you an experienced Strategic Buyer looking for a role within a leading aerospace and defence manufacturer? Do you want to work in a state-of-the-art facility, whilst supporting purchasing operations across various low-cost international economies? Do you want to use your strategic procurement experience to play a key role within an organisation that has won awards for innovation and has a rich history of quality and pioneering new technology across the globe? If so, this could be the right career move for you.

The key responsibilities of the Strategic Buyer include:

  • Managing and driving down total acquisition costs whilst handling complex sourcing processes and activity within a complete manufacturing outsourcing environment
  • Reducing inventory and increasing stock turns
  • Manage all commodities and the associated supplier base including indirect procurement activities
  • Negotiating contracts and service level agreements and managing commercial terms and conditions
  • Foster supplier partnerships and collaboration whilst managing supplier performance in low-cost country environments
  • Lead and support lean methodology and continuous improvement both internally and within the supply chain and sub-tiers
  • Manage and foster strong relationships with internal stakeholders including the support of tactical buyers
  • Implementation of competitive sourcing strategies for commodity or spend responsibility expenditure

As Strategic Buyer, you’ll fulfil the below requirements:

  • Professional qualification in purchasing (such as CIPS) or a relevant business degree
  • Experience working in a manufacturing /engineering environment and a high compliance, high technology industry
  • Significant international strategic procurement experience, particularly within a technical environment
  • Experience with sourcing in low cost offshore economies
  • Experience of manufacturing outsourcing, managing first tier and sub-tier procurement activity
  • Ability to optimize value and drive down cost across a complex, full systems assembly supply chain
  • Ability to forge strong internal and external relationships
  • Be prepared to travel, including overseas, as required (typically several weeks per quarter)
  • Excellent communication and IT skills

The successful Strategic Buyer will be joining a word-class organisation, and will occupy a challenging, autonomous role. You will make a big impact in a dynamic organisation, part of a multi-billion-pound turnover, global Aerospace and Defence corporation, working in a truly global outsourced manufacturing supply chain. You will have the ability to shape best practice across an international supply chain, enjoying a varied, exciting role that will challenge your supply chain and procurement capability. Suitable candidates will be contacted within 48-hours.