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Buyer - Direct Materials


ICDS Recruitment


Dublin North


Buyer – Direct Materials - Dublin. Our client seeks an experienced Buyer to manage a portfolio of direct material suppliers to support its manufacturing operation. This is a great opportunity to work in a leading manufacturing facility with supplier management responsibilities for a supply base covering a wide range of commodities such as; Plastics, PCBA, Metal Machine/Fabrication, Optics, Fluidics, Pneumatics and Cables. The successful individual will manage an international supply base to meet business requirements in terms of delivery, quality and total cost. Work with Site Operations and Strategic Procurement to identify and develop long-term supplier relationships to meet current and future business requirements. Participate in RfQ, Supplier Selection and Pricing negotiation processes with suppliers to secure optimal supply cost and conditions. Develop an active Improvement Program with suppliers to reduce cost and improve quality and service levels, in line with site expectations and requirements. Lead all site level commercial discussions and supply escalations with suppliers. Actively contribute to the development and structure of the Supply Base and Supplier Management Program in a strategic manner. Key Responsibilities of the role include; - Purchase all direct materials to support Production operations, in line with business requirements. Maximise the use of 'Lean Supply' methods & VMI programs to minimise inventory levels. - Monitor key metrics in the areas of supplier delivery, cost, quality, and service which clearly demonstrate performance against targets. Drive supplier corrective actions where performance falls below agreed target levels. - Conduct Business Reviews with Suppliers to ensure that performance is to target and that expectations are clearly understood. Agree development/improvement programs where required. Drive resulting corrective actions to conclusion. - Lead all significant issue resolution programs with suppliers, with other relevant functions (e.g. Supplier Quality, Engineering). Utilise structured problem solving techniques (e.g. A3) to ensure root causes are addressed and corrective actions are effective. - Identify supplier risk situations and work with site functions and Strategic Procurement to implement risk mitigations strategies. - Participate in RfQ and Supplier Selection activities to ensure that any new suppliers are production-ready in line with business requirements, ensuring no interruption to operations. Lead the site cross-functional process for the evaluation and selection of new suppliers. - Prepare for negotiations and work closely with Strategic Procurement to ensure that site concerns are covered in negotiated Pricing and Supply Agreements. - Through effective negotiation and market analysis ensure that the company only pays the lowest total-cost for purchased direct materials. Contribute to the site Productivity program through the identification and implementation of cost reduction ideas on an annual basis. - Work with Strategic Procurement to advance the performance and optimisation of the supply base. - Drive best practices in Procurement and Supplier Management within the site through continuous improvement ideas and projects. Interested applicants should have: - Strong working knowledge of leading Procurement Tools, Processes, Methods and Reporting Techniques. - Strong problem solving, planning and analytical skills. Ability to collate and analyse large amounts of data in a methodical and structured manner. - Ability to build strong and influential business relationships with suppliers to achieve business objectives. Capable of taking a strategic perspective with regard to supplier relationships and management. - Proven negotiation and influencing skills with suppliers, with demonstrative results in securing competitive pricing and overall terms and conditions. - Strong numeracy skills and accurate financial analysis and reporting. - Experience of major part transfers (resourcing) and new supplier/part start-up programs in a controlled and risk-managed way. - Excellent oral communications, business writing skills, inter-personal and presentation skills. Ability to conduct and lead meetings effectively. - Dynamic team player who can work proactively on cross-functional teams. - SAP Purchasing experience highly desirable. Education and Experience sought: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or Engineering. Minimum of 5 years' relevant experience within a Procurement function, preferably in an electro-mechanical manufacturing environment. Experience of working within a direct material Commodity Management environment and of dealing directly with Commodity Managers across a range of supplier management topics an advantage. Experience of dealing with a broad range of direct material supplier organisations (commodity, size and scope) across Asia, Europe and the USA desirable. Must have an established commercial mind-set and the ability to assess and conclude business agreements with suppliers. This job originally appeared on

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168 days ago