The Buyer role incorporates materials and subcontract procurement activities. The Buyer will be responsible for supplier management and negotiations for complex materials and contracts for projects following established tender standards, availability requirements, and price constraints.
This position reports directly to the Procurement Manager: Sub-Contract. The candidate may be geographically based within the UK and should be willing to travel as required to support the business.
How you will do it
The Buyer purchases complex materials and sub-contracts for projects from established tender standards, availability requirements, and price constraints. They also obtain quotations and negotiates with suppliers on price, service and assists to ensure technical inclusion on purchased materials and installation contracts
A key part of the role will be to develop / negotiate Procurement agreements and also manage interpersonal relationships with supplier staff and contributes to the measurement and reporting of performance, advising the Procurement Manager of identified risks and situations with potential to impact business performance. In this role you will develop key vendor relationships, with focus on agreements, supplier consolidation, along with setting up contracts that include pricing, rebates and terms agreements and with suppliers.
Managing and building strong relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure engagement is crucial to this role. You will be required to collect, analyse and recommend solutions to quality problems on purchased materials. You will plans and prioritises activities, suggests and implements process improvements aimed at improving customer service levels. Advises management of improvements on materials and equipment, price changes, marketing changes and source changes. The Buyers role is to achieve cost savings in line with departmental targets and also to liaise with suppliers for special equipment configurations as needed, assist with calculation and negotiation of supplier rebates.
What we look for
*Excellent analytical skills, results-driven and accurate, with proven ability to demonstrate this
*Good initiative and interpersonal communication skills both orally and in writing
*Good influencing and negotiation skills
*Ability to work ethically and with full integrity when making time sensitive or difficult decisions.
*Good knowledge of the opportunities, limitations and risks of international sourcing.
*Good knowledge of purchasing practices and applicable laws and regulations, with good commercial acumen.
*Bachelor's degree or equivalent through experience
*CIPS qualified or studying towards
*Three to five years of active experience in an equivalent professional purchasing position within Construction, Production or HVAC, fire and security industries, with knowledge of Service and installation projects.