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about 1 year ago
Morson International
Salary: £25 - £35 per annum + PAYE/LTD
Location: Birmingham
Job type: Contract
Contact: Caroline Brooks
Sector: Engineering
Category: Buyer Jobs

Our World Leading Client within the Aerospace industry is looking for a Buyer to join the company on a temp - perm basis to start ASAP.

37hrs per week


Reporting into the Head of Supply Chain the Buyer will support the whole purchasing team to achieve targets set. Ensuring training and development of the team is kept at the forefront of daily activities and support all members of the purchasing and operations team.


The role is an integral part of the Purchasing function in the achievement of Operational objectives. With a strong, solid background in purchasing and supply chain management, the candidate will take a proactive approach in reviewing current systems and procedures, making recommendations and implementing changes.

The role is key to leading the Company forward in securing quality suppliers of materials and components covering price delivery and quality targets.


  • Managing and controlling all the company's external suppliers with particular emphasis on the purchase of Materials and finished parts for production.
  • Ensure parts and materials are bought at the most competitive price and delivered on time for production.
  • Establish strategic relationships with key suppliers who are aligned to the company's needs.
  • Identify new suppliers, agree terms and negotiate supply agreements where appropriate, including discount structures and volume rebates.
  • Foster close working relationships with associated departments eg. Sales, Engineering and Production, Business Development.
  • Continually improve purchasing methods and drive down external spend.
  • Supplier visits both in the UK and abroad. Such visits may be at very short notice.
  • To carry out a comprehensive review of the Purchasing function and its methodology and identify and implement improvements.

Production Efficiencies

  • Material Costs - stringent material control is required to assure company targets are met. The includes spend, usage, scrap, inventory levels etc
  • New Products / Product Developments
  • Full involvement specifically with technical and sales departments on the evaluation of new and existing materials and their successful integration to the production end of the business. This will include identifying current and future trends in the global market place.

Other Duties

  • Any reasonable task requested by the company.


Qualifications and Experience

  • CIPS/Business Related qualification or working towards
  • Minimum 5 years previous experience in a Purchasing role
  • High competency level in use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, as a minimum)
  • Full Driving License required.
  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing external spend whilst developing a robust supplier base.
  • Able to bring a new dimension to procurement activities.
  • Fully conversant with modern procurement and purchasing techniques.
  • Experience of Purchasing bespoke, manufactured parts including scheduled deliveries. Experience of working with MRP systems is essential.
  • Direct Supplier and Commodity management for a specific number of Commodities/Suppliers.
  • Management and coordination of Purchasing activities with relation to Cost, Delivery and Quality performance
  • Coordinating and managing with Quality personnel, resolutions to Supplier Quality concerns, ensuring timely and effective containment and long term resolution of each concern
  • Mentoring new starters, providing 'on the job' training to existing team members, and ensuring that the team are satisfactorily supported in their day to day work activities
  • Continuous development of self and individual team members


  • Strong leadership skills and proven experience in staff development
  • Hand on approach to all tasks
  • Ability to take a proactive approach to overcome challenges and achieve results
  • Versatile, tenacious and people orientated
  • Result orientated and confident
  • Proven appreciation of customer service expectations and cost demands of business
  • Commercial and financial acumen
  • Sets priorities taking into account short and long-term needs of the business.

To apply please forward an up-to-date CV along with what your current notice period/availability might be.

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