Senior Level
Senior Buyer
Swift Group

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: Thursday, 14 September 2017

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The successful candidate will be responsible for the mentoring and supervision of members of the Purchasing team ensuring that their targets and projects are delivered on time and to the business needs. The role will provide a single point of accountability for sourcing performance in relation to a commodity / sub-commodity area nominated to the role. A high degree of product focus, with an ability to drive through engineering based savings as well as the effective building of strategic relationships in order to ensure that suppliers remain competitive and drive cost down through continuous improvement. The ideal candidate will have a relevant degree and be CIPS qualified, have a minimum of 5 years in a purchasing/procurement role within a manufacturing environment and with at least 3 years in a supervisory role.


  • Develop & implement commodity based sourcing strategies
  • Work with Logistics, Quality, Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Sales and Marketing in order to ensure conformance to the purchasing strategies developed
  • Lead supplier negotiations in order to yield significant cost savings
  • Develop relationships with key suppliers in order to fully understand cost drivers and take a total acquisition approach to costs savings
  • Meet departmental targets to Budget Forecast


  • Degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience of operating at all levels of an organisation
  • A solid technical basis
  • 5 or more years’ experience in a purchasing or procurement role within a manufacturing environment with 3 years or more in a supervisory role
  • Demonstrated commercial awareness/ability - demonstrated problem solving ability - demonstrated structured project management approach
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to apply them within an engineering/manufacturing environment
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills
  • CIPS Level 4- minimum

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Diploma

Required experience:

  • purchasing: 5 years


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