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