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Strategic Buyer

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorAutomotive & Transport Systems, Engineering, Engineering - Other, Manufacturing
Salary£40,000 to £45,000 per annum
BenefitsBenefits & Bonuses
LocationsSouth East (Excl London), Surrey
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted08 November 2018

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This is a chance to be part of a lead automotive business based in Guildford. They are seeking a career motivated buyer who has a good core understanding of procurement principles to join the team reporting directly to the Strategic Procurement Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to undertake responsibilities for high and critical spend, working closely with key suppliers and managing relationships to ensure long term success for the business.

Client Details

Based in Guildford, the business are leaders within their field and produce some of the most well known automotive products globally. With a history and heritage of design, engineering and manufacturing excellence that spans more than a century, The business has a leading reputation for innovation and breakthrough technology.

They employ over 2,400 people worldwide, with offices in UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. A customer centric business with employees who have a broad spectrum of skills and experience. The employee culture is underpinned in every department and division by a clear and unswerving focus and commitment to customers and the company values.


The role will be key in supporting and driving the overall procurement and supply chain strategy. It will be essential that this person is able to work with a multitude of different stakeholders globally, while understanding key fundamentals and driving best value across all sourcing. This role will greatly enhance the experience and skills of the successful applicant with opportunities for supported professional development, training and career progression.


  • Help develop the global Commodity strategy based on product needs and secure implementation.
  • Developing and utilising supply market intelligence for commercial gain
  • Develop key relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Negotiate supplier product support quotations against pricing trends/benchmarks/cost models and execute supplier sourcing nominations.
  • Designing and implementing RFQ’s, tenders and auctions as appropriate
  • Build and sustain competitive and capable global supplier portfolio based on business technology requirements.


Skills and experience

  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in procurement, ideally within an automotive environment.
  • Excellent commercial & business acumen
  • Excellent supplier relationship management skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Purpose driven individual, target oriented and used to work under pressure
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Good negotiation skills, while good and professional relationships with suppliers are kept.
  • Articulate and adaptable

Job Offer

up to £45,000 + 5 % Pension + CIPS sponsorship + Other benefits

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