Category Buyer

Company:  Michael Page
Location: Preston
Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time
Type: Permanent
Job Requirements / Description
To collaborate with the Procurement Manager to ensure that the procurement of raw materials, packaging and trading products sourced in the most favourable way and within the defined quality standards of the company. Client Details I've partnered with a market leading manufacturing business based near Preston and they look to strengthen their Purchasing team. A business which prides itself on industry research and product development, the Category Buyer will play a pivotal role in the businesses success to stay on top of the market. Description The Category Buyer will have the following responsibilities: First point of contact for all allocated procurement needs Articulate requests in line with internal procurement guidelines, outlining an initial procurement plan Provide for the preparation and submission of purchase orders for the relevant categories Assist in defining the operational plans for negotiations and purchases for the categories assigned, guaranteeing the supply of materials at the best economic conditions, respecting the timescale, quantities and quality specifications defined Carry out analysis of the supply market with the aim of sourcing new supply opportunities Research and qualification of the most reliable suppliers in terms of quality, price and efficiency of deliveries Enter into direct negotiation activities relating to purchases of products and services allocated, in line with the defined autonomy levels, consistently seeking to achieve cost reductions Form proposals aimed at reducing costs and identifying areas for improving the quality of processes, materials and services Analyse and monitor market pricing fluctuations in turn compiling and updating the lists of direct and indirect materials, relating to transport costs and various services Manage and maintain article master data, technical specifications and declarations of origin of materials Send forecast programs and pursue late delivery materials Prepare and send requests for offers, provide draft correspondence, digitally archive orders and order confirmations, archive general departmental documents and provides all other office duties as necessary in order to fulfil the role Manage purchase offers, renewals and contractual additions Provide coordination of non-compliance management (classification, determination of values, etc.) ensuring standards relating to congruity, classification, determination of values are met Liaise with internal functions concerned in order to define and apply accurate inventory criteria Provide input relating to departmental budgets and prepare statistical analyses regarding procurement, through reporting activities Coordinate the assignment of orders to suppliers in correspondence with the requests for supply received by the production manager and/or plannersProfile The successful candidate for the Category Buyer role will ideally have the following key skills and qualities: Previous procurement experience, including sourcing and contract negotiation Be confident in quickly building rapport and negotiating at all levels; both internally and externally Possess relevant procurement experience in both direct & indirect categories, along with knowledge of best practice procedures Build strong working relationships and work well within a cross-departmental team environment Prove you are a highly organised individual able to plan their time effectively and efficiently Be self-managed, but receptive to direction from line management Evidence experiences in working toward and meeting targets Have the ability to approach projects analytically with a critical thinking mind-set Have a high level of IT Literacy (particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook) Experience with direct category procurement (raw materials, etc.) Experience with SAP or similar MRP system Achieved a CIPS qualification or working towards Background in ManufacturingJob Offer £40,000 - £45,000 Hybrid working
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