Buyer (Electronics)

Job Reference: WM – 2262

Location: Worcestershire

Salary: £37,000 - £40,000

Job Type: Permanent

Job Description



  • Develop the commodity strategy in line with Departmental/Company Business strategies and company policies.
  • Implement the strategy and monitor the progress to ensure achieving cost down targets are achieved.
  • Meet the time-bound target for new projects – coordinate to work efficiently and effectively with internal colleagues and suppliers.
  • Develop and issue RFQ and evaluate open book quotations by making detailed comparisons between suppliers.
  • Identify the areas of non-compliance between submitted quotations and company drawings/specifications
  • Review the drawings to closely monitor any design changes and ensure that suppliers are fully aware of these changes in time and log/record all cost implications where applicable.
  • Manage the project/your area of responsibility in line with industrial/customer/company new project processes including PPAP, delivery of trial parts, packing approval, ramp-up stock levels and hand-over.
  • Negotiate with internal customers and/or suppliers in terms of contractual agreement or QCD agreement to secure the better deal to create positive impact to company’s profitability
  • Maintain the regular contact with current/potential suppliers to develop/maintain commercially competitive business partnership – which includes visiting the supplier site for auditing of processes/commercial review.
  • Monitor and assess any commercial risks in relation to existing suppliers and sub-suppliers.
  • Communicate the progress of projects/tasks with team weekly basis and identify & assess the commercial supply risk with possible solution/countermeasure.
  • Work with the supplier systems, ensuring that the relevant KPI measures are in place and regularly reviewed on all suppliers within your area of responsibility.
  • Work closely with others within the department, making a positive contribution to good team working and idea generation.
  • To maintain and further develop departmental procedures and work instructions to ensure compliance with IATF16949. Support to ensure company adherence to legislation / compliance and specific customer request.

About You:

  • Fully or partially qualified with CIPS (or studying towards CIPS) – Business or Engineering degree is advantageous.
  • Minimum hands-on experience in Production/Manufacturing environment for 5 years. Automotive industry and/or other highly technical industry which involves technical drawings or data is desirable.
  • Experience to work in a fast paced / dynamic environment.
  • Hands-on negotiation skill for better terms for commercial benefits.
  • Hands-on supplier audit & quotation analysis skill
  • Hands-on experience in supplier site audit in high volume production is advantageous.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in Lean Manufacturing practice such as TPS, JIT, 5S is advantageous.
  • Experience in supplier management
  • Experience in Purchasing Electronic components
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with teams
  • Good IT skills including power point, excel and word
  • Experience of working within a Tier 1 Automotive environment.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in IATF16949, ISO9001, ISO 14001 & ISO26262 is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of REACH/IMDS/PPAP is advantageous.

Job Application:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please apply to send a copy of your full CV – or call us now.

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Candidates must be eligible to work and live in the UK