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Technical Buyer - Automotive

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11 May 2024

Technical Buyer - Automotive

The key elements of the Technical Procurement & Production Function are to operate in a Strategic Technical Buying role, responsible for sourcing and purchasing a wide range of technical components for programs of work being undertaken by the Company. The role is also responsible for sourcing and vetting technical suppliers, obtaining quotations and ensuring delivery of purchased parts to the required quality, on time and to budget

Key Responsibilities:

  • Source/engage appropriate Suppliers and manage RFI / RFQ documentation.
  • Provide technical purchasing guidance and direction to other divisions and personnel within the Company.
  • Identify & deliver stockholding, cash flow, & capital employed improvement opportunities.
  • Administration of all documentation associated with receipts (delivery notes, certificates of conformity, etc.). Responsible for invoice analysis and approval.
  • In conjunction with the Finance department, checking invoices against Purchase Orders / Delivery Notes prior to approval / sign-off by functional Directors.
  • Oversee operation of the Dispatch Note system to ensure only authorised releases of goods are made.
  • In conjunction with the Engineering function (in particular prototype build), assume responsibility for providing Project Managers with accurate information relating to product availability & delivery dates.
  • Responsible for providing production personnel with accurate information relating to the availability of goods and services and delivery dates. Also, to assist in resolving issues and general queries.
  • Responsible for all aspects of supplier performance and associated KPIs (on time delivery, right first time in full, non-conformance, etc).
  • Form the single point of contact for all technical Purchasing matters and queries, interacting with technical Suppliers as necessary.
  • Attend internal meetings as required, and in general to contribute to and support Gordon Murray Design Limited events, activities and publications.
  • Undertake other necessary, reasonable duties and appropriate tasks as may be required, and/or work of a higher priority.
  • Carry out relevant industry research and keep up to date with the latest technologies and associated statutory requirements, ensuring that the Company is in compliance.
  • Placing of orders on Suppliers for all technical spend and ensure all Purchase Orders are processed and approved using the internal Purchase Requisition system.
  • Where appropriate support the Design, Engineering and Finance functions in conducting Make or Buy analyses.
  • Identify and highlight any areas for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure effective supervision of any sub-contractor activity as required.
  • Establish and manage supplier relationships. This will necessitate direct and frequent contact with suppliers, building up working relationships accordingly.
  • Negotiate purchase agreements, review existing supply agreements and set up new supply agreements, ensuring that commercial terms are optimised and any risks highlighted. Review Terms & Conditions of purchase to ensure appropriate protection for the business.
  • Identify and deliver cost down opportunities with incumbent and new suppliers and ensure this is not to the detriment of quality, service and other performance metrics.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering/Business Studies or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in Automotive purchasing and procurement is desirable.
  • Purchasing in a manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing technologies.
  • Proven experience in negotiating.
  • Experience in manufacturing of fast-moving consumer goods and general engineering.
  • Clear and effective communication skills with internal and external clients.
  • Good understanding of supply chain procedures.
  • Proficiency in cross functional, cross company, and cross-sectional processes.
  • Works well under pressure and has a passion for delivering objectives.
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  • Job Reference: 1321788803-2
  • Date Posted: 11 May 2024
  • Recruiter: Gordon Murray Group
  • Location: Surrey
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Permanent