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Buyer required for a permanent opportunity in the Buckinghamshire area to work for a defence company.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the procurement of materials, goods and services into the business in support of the delivery of new and existing systems designs.

Commodities include PCB's, electronic components, metal work (e.g.

fabrication, welding, machining, sheet metalwork, painting and plating) and electro-mechanical assemblies.

Validation of Purchase Requisitions and negotiation with vendors (where required) to ensure the best quality, cost and delivery (QCD) performance is achieved.
Timely issue and expediting of Purchase Orders in accordance with company procedures and processes to ensure the best possible terms and risk mitigation are achieved
Utilise competitive tendering wherever product design and/or time constraints allow.
To implement effective supplier relationship management (SRM) with strategic/key vendors.
To measure and report vendor QCD performance, implement improvement plans and implement corrective actions for unsatisfactory performance.
Identify opportunities for spend-leverage with suppliers wherever possible.
Assist is the selection of new suppliers via a common set of criteria and scoring matrix.
Support procurement department objectives and KPI's and be instrumental in supporting their achievement.
Support the timely return of any defective material deliveries to respective vendors and procure replacement materials in accordance with company procedures and processes whilst minimising any impact on project milestones.
Liaise with Production, QA and Programmes to ensure product and service quality levels are maximised.

Required Skills:
Confident with the use of computer based systems which include (but not limited to): IFS, MS Outlook, Excel and Word
Experience of working in and manufacturing engineering / industrial sector
Experience of Mechanical fabrication, PCB /electronic assembly procurement in the defence industry.
Management of subcontracts at system level
Supplier selection and supplier group commodity management.
Involvement with Supply Chain initiatives, driving performance improvements.

MRP - use of purchasing / materials inventory applications with MRP system.
Experience of ISO9000 system or equivalent

Experience in the purchase of:
Procurement of Mechanical fabrication, electrical and electronic components.
Printed circuit board assembly subcontract or similar.

This is an office-based position with possible visits off-site to meet and negotiate with suppliers.
Travel between other sites may be required and the candidate must be willing to show commitment beyond normal working hours that may be required from time to time to meet project / departmental / business objectives.