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Job Title

Technical Buyer

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorAutomotive & Transport Systems, Manufacturing
Salary£45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Benefitsbonus, pension, 25 days holiday
LocationsBirmingham, West Midlands, Worcestershire
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted01 June 2018

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The Technical Buyer is responsible for driving cost reduction initiatives as well as supporting the coordination of projects/programs and developing suppliers.

Client Details

Global market leading organisation supplying products into the automotive industry.


  • Achieve annual material cost reductions and ensure on-time launches for new product developments. This will involve constant contact with the existing supply base, evaluating new potential suppliers, market analysis, organising supplier meetings, visiting suppliers, benchmarking, re-sourcing activities and contract negotiations.
  • Generate cost reduction programs by conducting and leading team sessions (VA/VE) to achieve the Cost Reduction targets
  • Create and manage a pipeline of direct material saving programs and drive the team for on time movement of ideas from draft through execution
  • Create and implement the most beneficial initiatives and sourcing strategies in line with commodity & business strategy

  • Leverage best practices across product base and create strong manufacturing cost awareness

  • Leads and conducts supplier evaluation audits (Risk Assessment, Part and Process Audits (PAPA) etc.) as required. Develop gap closure/improvement plans with supplier to address and effectively close audit findings. Provide regional based support as required
  • Conduct Supplier Technical Reviews as part of Supplier Launch Process as required
  • Support Crisis Management, Capacity Planning, and Supplier Risk management (SRM) as required
  • Liaison and coordination with other functions on ongoing performance programs/quality issues to assist in resolution of any issues that can impact the project critical path as required


  • Strong problem-solving, decision-making, and prioritisation skills
  • Strong communication and team building skills
  • Strong interpersonal/customer relations skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution
  • Ability to influence/persuade a diverse group of people in innovative ideas/concepts
  • Ability to negotiate with global suppliers
  • Ability to track and analyse financial results of programs and sourcing strategies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or, Bachelor in Business Administration/Quality with a Technical Education.
  • At least 3 years of experience in cost reduction/idea generation/value engineering activities

  • Experience in Quality (e.g SQE) and/or Supplier Development (e.g. SDE) environments
  • Experience with audit procedures (ISO9001/TS 16949) including PPAP, pre-awards and technical reviews
  • Experience of working in a global cross functional environment
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint)

Job Offer

£45,000 - £50,000 + 5% bonus, 6% pension, 25 days holiday + bank holidays

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Recruiter: Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
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