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Buyer Maternity cover

Interaction Recruitment




Posted: 24/09/2022

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Buyer – Maternity Cover 

Location: Shefford (Bedfordshire)

Salary depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term Contract

Hours per week: 34.5

Looking for a new challenge?

We are seeking a Buyer to join our Procurement team covering a maternity leave. This is a full-time role of 34.5 hours per week, working Monday to Friday. 

The Role

Reporting to the Procurement Manager, the Buyer will support the Procurement function in achieving the objectives required to deliver a value for money supply chain for ACO Technologies plc.

The Buyer will have responsibilities of their own for planning and procuring a range of Finished Goods, Components and/or Raw Materials within assigned portfolio of suppliers, ensuring that the supply chain is capable of meeting or exceeding business expectations by effective supplier management and continuous improvement.

About You

You will have a minimum of 2 years' procurement experience within Procurement and Supply, having developed relationships across a variety of suppliers.. Experience in a manufacturing environment would be helpful too but not essential. 

Ideally you will be degree educated in a relevant subject. A CIPS qualification, or working towards this, or qualified by experience will be advantageous. You will be proficient with MS office, particularly Excel and have experience of using MRP/ERP systems. 

You will also hold a UK Drivers License.

Main Tasks

Build and maintain close working relationships with suppliers, internal stakeholders and purchasing teams.

Optimisation of purchased items inventory levels ensuring availability to manufacturing teams using appropriate planning tools and systems.

Raising, issuing and maintaining purchase orders in order to optimise inventory and assure OTIF delivery from suppliers.

Liaise with Goods In and Quality Assurance departments regarding in-coming material delivery schedules.

Liaise with Customer Services and External Sales Teams regarding finished goods availability if applicable to portfolio of purchased items managed.

Supplier management and continuous improvement.

Support the Procurement Manager to identify potential new suppliers within categories of responsibility that will support Quality, Cost or New Product Development. Add to the Approved Supplier List (ASL) once validation and approval is obtained.

Maintain procurement and inventory planning data e.g. MOQ’s, Lead-times and inventory planning data (Safety Stocks, Re-Order Points and MRP data).

Monitor and review supplier performance to ensure standards are achieved against agreed KPI’s and organisational needs. Report as required and take corrective/preventative actions if required in order to improve performance.

Support the Procurement Manager with the implementation of supplier improvement plans where required in conjunction with internal stakeholders such as QA, Engineering and Production.

Identify continuous improvement opportunities through engagement with suppliers and stakeholders and the use of KPI data. Where opportunities exist, work with key stakeholders to implement.

Support the Procurement Manager in the execution of annual saving plans, through negotiation and/or Value Engineering projects in conjunction with internal stakeholders.

Support the Procurement Manager with the development and improvement of assigned categories by implementation of supplier risk assessments and commodity strategies.

Occasional travel is required: You must be available to travel within the UK and Europe.

What we offer

We offer opportunity for career progression, extensive training and a competitive benefits package.

This position is office based at our Shefford site. We offer hybrid working, so you can work from home for up to 2 days per week

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