Project Buyer

Full-time position

Aylesbury (HP19 8TD)

The role of project buyer at Sterling TT

We have an opportunity for an organised individual with a manufacturing background to join our Procurement team.

General description

The Project Buyer will be responsible for:

  • Procuring goods and services to meet demand, on-time and right first time. Report back the status of orders.
  • Supplier Relationship Management.
  • Supporting Material / Inventory reduction management
  • Identify continuous improvements to reduce time and cost.
  • Managing Projects from a procurement aspect, from design concept to delivery, ensuring material and pricing are to specification and budget.
  • All other associated tasks to support the Procurement team as and when the business requires.

Who you’ll interact with

You will be a part of the Procurement team and will be dealing predominately with the Engineering, Purchasing, Quality and Production departments.

What you’ll need to succeed as a project buyer


  • Engineering background (machining, welding, fabrication).
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to read and work with technical engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to analyse cost-effectiveness and make sound business decisions.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities for multiple projects.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively in a high-paced and demanding environment.
  • Computer literate


  • 3+ years of experience in purchasing engineered items.
  • Experience working with MRP & ERP Systems.
  • Knowledge of purchasing concepts in a manufacturing environment.
  • Level 4 or higher CIPS certification, a diploma/degree or relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Commercial experience in a manufacturing /buying /procurement function.
  • Experience with Lean / Continuous Improvement teams and activities.


  • Raising purchase orders in accordance with the demands in a timely manner, ensuring they are raised correctly with accurate information.
  • Management of supplier relationships on a day-to-day basis: chasing delivery shortages and requesting the best price possible to keep costs under the project budget.
  • Managing supplier performance and responsiveness through business reviews, phone calls and supporting Quarterly Business Reviews.
  • Identifying long lead and high-costed items at Project Handovers
  • Identifying/creating cost-saving opportunities within your area, working in a project format to help deliver that cost saving to the business.
  • Preparing and supporting tenders for new customer projects.
  • Representing procurement in various meetings to support the business and give updates on deliveries to facilitate production scheduling.
  • Resolving invoice queries with finance and suppliers to ensure payments are on time. This will include amending orders and communicating with suppliers on any invoicing errors.
  • Reacting to production demand change where required to pull in or push out material to meet requirements.
  • Supporting inventory management to maintain stock at correct values/levels and manage excess inventory.
  • Raising part returns to suppliers for faulty parts, working through corrective actions and remedies with the supplier whilst monitoring and recording each occurrence.
  • Adhering to any health and safety or environmental company procedure to maintain safety for self and others.
  • Preparing reports and updates as and when required.

Key results areas

  • Project materials delivered in time to meet the production schedule.
  • Materials purchased within the agreed project budget.
  • Speed and accuracy in the raising and issuing of purchase orders.

How we’ll support you

The training and development needs will be determined in conjunction with the Head of Procurement.

Benefits package

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Life assurance
  • Pension
  • Health cash plan
  • On-site parking
  • On-site electric charging points
  • Social events

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