Strategic Category Buyer

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Glen Callum Associates
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Date Posted
28th November 2017

Job Description

Strategic Category Buyer - Castings, Stampings and/or Fabrications, Wheels and Tyres etc.

Due to significant new projects, we are seeking a Strategic Category Buyer, to work within the purchasing department of a leading vehicle manufacturer

  Previous experience of sourcing, purchasing or procurement within a manufacturing environment essential. Ideally Automotive Tier 1OEM or Aerospace.

  Ideally located - Midlands - Commutable from Wolverhampton, Derby, Nottingham, Tamworth, Cannock, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Chesterfield, Birmingham

(Re-location considered)

  Excellent Salary + Benefits Package

The Candidate

  • Ideally educated to Degree level preferable a full member of CIPS, or at least working towards this.
  • Previous Purchasing / Procurement / Sourcing experience is required.
  • Understanding of the strategic role of the purchasing functionin a manufacturing environment and ability to work at this level.
  • Enthusiastic, ambitious, dynamic candidates with a high amount of energy, aptitude and attitude will be preferred.
  • Demonstrable ability to prioritise tasks and have effective time management and analytical skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Post holder should hold a full driving licence and be prepared to travel where their specific work responsibilities require (sometimes at short notice).

The Role

Reporting directly to a Group Purchasing Manager the role is responsible for delivering the strategic direction as agreed and ensuring that the supply base is capable of meeting business expectations. You will procure a defined range of automotive components, in line with Purchasing departmental proceduresand objectives, focusing on securing strong commercial terms and excellent quality and delivery service levels from suppliers.

  • Evaluate cost data and quotation analysis forms and identify cost saving opportunities. Quickly assimilate supplier and client processes in order to positively impact purchasing performance.
  • Confidently enter into total cost and contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers.
  • Building long term and beneficial relationships with suppliers but also, managing their performance
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Driving strategy on spend
  • Understand and apply tools and techniques to close cost gaps and achieve value for money whilst maintaining supplier relationships.
  • Understand and support the quality department in achieving full Quality Approval (Supplier Performance Approval Process).
  • Lead and promote good supplier relationships.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join a leading manufacturing company and become part of a highly successful and driven team.

Apply in Confidence

To apply for the position of Strategic Category Buyer  please forward your CV  to Gary, Senior Recruiter at Glen Callum Associates Ltd or call Gary  directly for a further chat on the job.

Gary is an ethical IRP registered recruiter and will deal with your application in strict confidence.  If your application is successful, you will be contacted directly by Gary and he will talk you through in detail the full company role and specifics.

Don't delay, we're hiring now, apply today!


Glen Callum Associates are a leading automotive and industrial recruitment agency for sales, operational and marketing positions. We have an impressive client base of market leading manufacturers and distributors and are dedicated in providing candidates with advice, support and assistance in their recruitment search. Our consultants have valuable senior sales, marketing and operationa

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