Category Buyer

Buyer Automotive

Our client are one of County Durhams leading engineeering companies are looking for an experienced Buyer to source andidentify suppliers globally for steel and castings forour client's network. 80% of purchases cover steel and castings buying. A very challenging opportunity for the right candidate

Job Description

Commodity group purchase steel and castings, focused on our client's part and supplier portfolio
Active contribution of cost reduction programs and growth programs with new projects (e.g. Daimler 2020)
Yearly price negotiations of serial products
Negotiation and contract design in coordination with the superior Category Manager
Creating of the Total Cost Comparison including supplier recommendation
Creating of Sourcing Boards presentation and presentation of a suitable decision
Compliance with an implementation of purchasing processes including formal framework conditions
Orientation of all measures and decisions to purchasing management KPIs
Purchase responsibly for selected suppliers including price negotiations and target agreements (Supplier Host)
Benchmark surveys on the purchasing volume in order to deduce savings potential and supplier strategy
Central linking point of our client between the CoC Purchasing and the Knorr-Bremse Global Category Purchasing Team
Functional reporting to the Regional Category Manager Castings
Will be measured on cost savings, delivery performance and parts per million
Will have no responsibility for direct or operational personnel
Skills/experience

Must have a commercial and/or technical degree
Will have had at least 2 years’ experience of working in a similar role
Must be computer literate with a very good knowledge in the use of MS-Office, SAP and SRM
Must have very good English skills (oral and written)
Must have knowledge of purchase methods and tools as well as project management
Ideally will have steel and castings product and system knowledge
Will ideally have knowledge of the automotive industry
Personality

Must be able to travel widely throughout the world
Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Must have the ability to work in an international team and be able to work well with all colleagues
Must be an ambitious self-starter
Must have an analytical approach to their daily work

In return they offer excellent salary and benefit package 

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