Automotive Manufacturing Buyer – Electrical Division

Job Category: Automotive
Job Type: Permanent
Job Location: Surrey
Salary: Competitive Salary Based on Experience

Location: Surrey

Business Department: Purchasing

Full Time


Our client

No restraints. No limitations. They don’t simply push boundaries. They completely rethink them. Our customer exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can they do it better? This restless spirit runs right through their group. Their search for perfection is evident in everything they do.

Purpose of Role

Their Purchasing Department is an exciting yet demanding, fast paced and commercially driven environment. The successful candidate will be working as part of a high performing and agile team, with direct report into the Purchasing Manager. Cross functional engagement with their Engineering, Quality, Production and Legal Teams is vital for successful delivery and performance.

Principal Accountabilities

Life-cycle responsibility delivering high quality, value for money components
Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct spend portfolios.
New supplier identification and introduction into group
Deliver commodity strategy and nomination approvals in line with business requirements aligned with the organisation’s key stakeholders.
Reference and awareness of technology and quality roadmaps within scope.
Negotiate, execute and monitor contractual agreements with suppliers.
Deliver challenging annual cost down targets through commercial and VA/VE methods.
Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive core quality, cost principles and process.
Develop strong, long-term relationships with suppliers
Managed supplier performance on cost, quality and on time delivery

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Degree preferred but not essential
Previous manufacturing/automotive experience preferred but not essential.
Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations
Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous

Personal Attributes

A strong, clear and confident communicator
Ability to work to deadlines and demands
Keen attention to accuracy & detail
Proven commercial background/ strong negotiator
Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously

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