Materials Buyer - Manufacturing

Vacancy ID: 10227633
Created Date: 09.01.2019
Job Title: Materials Buyer - Manufacturing
Salary Negotiable
Temp or Perm: Permanent Role
Region: Scotland
Sector: Production
Consultant: Shaun Lamb
Consultant Phone: 0141 226 8156

Job Description:

NRL’s manufacturing client based in Dalkeith is looking to recruit a Materials Buyer at mid level to join their thriving business on a permanent basis within a manufacturing environment.

About the role:

  • Negotiate with suppliers of products / materials / services to achieve cost savings and/or mitigate price increases, combined with the requisite levels of quality and service.
  • Analyse MRP reports, internal of-line reports, and other sources as necessary to identify purchasing requirements (including for non-MRP items where required); raise / expedite relevant purchase orders as appropriate.
  • Control inventory levels of raw materials, and minimise wherever possible to maximize working capital and warehouse space without affecting production; ensure accurate stock positions are reflected in Vantage at all times.
  • Reduce supplier quality issues in number and value, and ensure recovery of all rework costs while ensuring continuity of supply; ensuring that quality and audit actions are completed in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and improve suppliers’ performance through regular discussion and review.
  • Minimise number of stock lines via rationalisation suggestions.
  • Develop awareness of new materials, suppliers, and processes; arrange supplier swatch books and sample materials as necessary; initiate and expedite internal material/process evaluations.
  • Identify and minimise obsolete and slow moving raw material stocks through annual or ad hoc disposal routines and through discussion with other teams.
  • Assist with stocktaking and sample checking.
  • Maintain updated supplier price lists and issue to relevant staff.
  • Ensure colleagues are cross–trained where necessary to allow relevant skills to be shared.
  • Be involved in standard cost amendments, both on an annual and an ad hoc basis.
  • Raise and authorise purchase orders in line with most recent company / departmental policy.
  • Ensure that materials, products and services are purchased at best possible value and within budget or quotation.

What you will need?

  • Graduate level education or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment ideal but not essential.
  • Both a team player to achieve departmental goals and a natural ability to work alone to achieve personal targets.
  • Ability to convince others and influence outcomes.
  • Highly analytical with the ability to confidently understand and use MRP systems.
  • Naturally comfortable in a fast moving and dynamic production environment.
  • Comfortable with all styles of communication and with dealing with all levels of internal and supplier contacts.
  • Proven ability to work within agreed budgets and timescales.
  • Excellent prioritisation and organisational ability.
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of procurement including sourcing, commercial negotiation, supplier management and global sourcing
  • Demonstrable success in purchasing or procurement.
  • Demonstrable success in inventory management. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Opportunity to join a growing business
  • Holidays 34 inc stats.
  • Occupational sick pay benefit
  • Product discounts
  • Free Parking




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