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Senior Buyer

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorFMCG - Non Food, Manufacturing
Town/CitySouth Wales
LocationsSouthern Wales, Wales
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted30 May 2018

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The purpose of this role is to manage a global supply base with regard to all aspects of NPI/NPD for a successful Cosmetics business.

Client Details

Our client is growing Cosmetics business with a vested interest in ethical sourcing.


  • Proactively manage supplier relationships and performance.
  • Develop and take ownership of sourcing strategies for direct materials (raw materials / packaging).
  • Negotiate product costs & MOQ’s ensuring they are within agreed margin guidelines, and stock targets.
  • Manage all year-round demand for trials, new products and replenishment programs.
  • Create and maintain a database of various suppliers that can be used in the future for new products, second sourcing and alternate supply.
  • Direct link between Brand team, Private label manager and Supply Chain, ensuring all product/stock/supplier decisions are communicated to the teams in a timely manner.
  • Track, understand and predict commodity price movements to feed in to the budget and purchasing strategies.
  • Work with NPD team (New Product development) to ensure products go on trial to ascertain sales viability.
  • Ensure sourced products (where applicable) meet all EU cosmetic regulations 1223/2009 together with strict Company brand ethics.
  • Source new packaging suppliers to meet the changes required to move the Company forward.
  • Auditing of new suppliers in collaboration with colleagues in the Operations department.

Key KPI’s/Deliverables
  • Ensure supplier performance KPIs are above targeted levels.
  • Margin improvement through negotiation and value engineering.
  • Stock Target.
  • Reduction of Slow Moving Obsolete Stock to agreed level.
  • Improvement of supplier terms/lead times/cost.
  • Contract negotiations, ensuring risk is mitigated.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance for out sourced products.
  • All suppliers and products to meet company ethical position.


  • Ideally ‘degree’ level education in a business or commercial discipline or equivalent.
  • CIPS Educated or working towards CIPS (or equivalent) may be seen as an advantage.
  • Demonstrated background as an autonomous buyer in sourcing/purchasing or supply chain/manufacturing.
  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful together with a high level of commercial acumen.
  • Previous evidence of strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong cross-functional working ability and confident to operate with stakeholders to Director level.
  • Industry knowledge of the health and beauty sector will be seen as a significant advantage.
  • Experience in international and particularly in the Far East supply chain.

Job Offer

A very competitive Salary and Benefits

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Recruiter: Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
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