Assistant Buyer

Our Client;

Our client boasts a 40 year history specialising in precision fabrication and welding for highly-regulated industries. Who due to continued growth are looking to add a Assistant Buyer to their experienced & highly motivated team.

Main responsibilities;

  • Coordinate the contracting, sourcing and buying of quality components and materials used in product manufacture. Carry out regular visits to maintain standards and resolve supplier issues
  • Assist Risk Mitigation plans based on Supplier performance and commercial risk measurements
  • Arrange Supplier meetings with minuted actions and responsibilities
  • Ensure Supply Agreements and/or Blanket Orders are in place for approved key suppliers.
  • Liaise with both Internal and External customers in order to maintain agreed quality standards and delivery dates.
  • Facilitate resolution of Quality and delivery issues relating to Goods received
  • Drive appropriate initiatives and continuous improvement programmes in order to add value
  • Manage smaller spend suppliers and act as a point of contact for all Internal meetings and challenges
  • To maintain and or/update system requirements and KPIs to monitor progress against targets
  • Support cost reduction and productivity programmes
  • Engage with new Suppliers, managing the transition and implementation from RFQ stage through to delivery
  • NPI new business support

About you;

  • Proven experience in a Procurement role within a manufacturing environment.
  • Contract negotiation
  • Creative and innovative attitude
  • Strong analytical approach
  • Understanding of manufacturing
  • Experience with an ERP based Materials Management system
  • CIPS qualified (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) or equivalent. Desirable but not essential


  • Holiday
  • Pension
  • Competitive annual bonus
  • Private health care after 12 months
  • Holiday increase per year served

Commutable locations;

Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford, Oxford, Bicester, Wantage, Oxford, Cowley, Thame, Bicester, Witney, Aylesbury


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