This is a role requiring a dynamic and energetic person
with experience in purchasing within a manufacturing environment. The role
operates in a fast paced Operations environment and the person shall be capable
of being flexible in managing and prioritising a number of issues.
The main purpose of this role is to ensure supply of
materials of known stocked items and of the suppliers within distinct commodity
groups driving the performance the required levels in support of overall
business objectives. Suppliers are measured using On Time and In Full (OTIF).
The usual purchasing goals apply (right: part, quantity, quality, time &
Management of actions driven out by operations needs and
risks identified by all levels within the supply chain as a whole providing
production materials and services operating within an MRP environment.
This is a tactical level role, separate to the Strategic
Sourcing team whilst communicating well on the needs of the supply chain
raising purchase orders,
managing through to delivery – expediting parts where needed
analysis of supply failures
and corrective action
Be able to take responsibility for actions and
keep hold of issues whilst delivering the solution to all root causes - not quick fixes.
Identify risk within the supply chain and manage
the appropriate plans to address these in line with recognised tools and
Manage and maintain the purchase orders working
within the logistics team to ensure that the suppliers OTIF is not impact when
orders are split or pulled in.
Ensure that business system
has correct MRP parameters
Inventory and stock turns are key to our
business, this will be an important part of the buyers role in working with the
supplier, operations and strategic buying in ensuring the correct balance of
needs and cost.
Contact Suppliers to
manage orders and support fluctuations in production demand ensuring the right
parts flow through for production – driving down work order release impacts.
Perform business and
performance reviews of suppliers
Take responsibility for a
number of known ‘problem suppliers’,
review history and take ownership for definition and deliver of actions to
achieve a durable solution and recovery of performance. Demonstrate visibility
with a detailed action and timescale plan
Build and maintain
relationships with the suppliers
· Communication &
o representing the company
to suppliers, and suppliers to the company
o Communicate clearly with
the internal customers managing their expectation
Communicate well as part
of a team ensuring queries are resolved quickly.
colleagues and other duties as required
understanding when to
call on Strategic Sourcing support for problems.
Ensuring queries are
resolved quickly for operations
Using principles of root
cause analysis to support the implementation of corrective actions.
Contribute to and lead
key improvement projects related to systems and processes in use both within
the department and cross-functionally.
o Administration –
maintaining electronic and physical filing, 5S and time management
Qualifications and Experience
Strong understanding of an
MRP system and the supply chain relevant parameters influencing and driving the
operational excellence of the business.
Previous purchasing experience for machined parts
or electrical in a manufacturing environment, with preference for
Aerospace/medium batch high variety
Previous proven experience expediting and driving
improvements to OTIF
Confident and professional manner in dealing with
suppliers and internal customers
Task performance driven and tenacious
A strong individual capable of working on own
initiative whilst being a good team player
Excellent PC skills and
user knowledge of Microsoft Office – excel skills should be very strong:
Ability to drive and travel
to suppliers world wide
Understanding and experience of export
regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Business/Commercial audit experience
Experience in a Lean manufacturing / Supply Chain
Best practice – CIPS
Qualification in engineering or business
discipline (ideally degree qualified) or experience in working in a technical
Continuous improvement and
problem solving experience
Attention to detail
Proactive and driven