Job Title; Category Buyer – Steel and Ductile Iron Castings

Key Skills; Global Category Purchasing,  Automotive Background, Understanding of Materials

Salary; £35,000 to £45,000 per annum dependent on experience

Hours; Permanent dayshift, Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location; Peterlee, County Durham

Commutable From; Peterlee, County Durham, Washington, Sunderland, South Shields.

We are currently recruiting for our Peterlee based client, this will be a permanent full time position. The ideal candidate will have an automotive background with a good understanding of materials, you will source and identify suppliers globally for steel and ductile iron castings for our clients global network. You will be familiar with automated disamatic casting processes and investment castings.  A very challenging opportunity for the right candidate.

The Role;

  • Active contribution of cost reduction programs and growth programs with new projects (e.g. Daimler 2020)
  • Yearly price negotiations of serial products
  • Negotiation and contract design in coordination with the superior Category Manager
  • Creating of the total cost comparison including supplier recommendation
  • Creating of sourcing boards presentation and presentation of a suitable decision
  • Compliance with an implementation of purchasing processes including formal framework conditions
  • Orientation of all measures and decisions to purchasing management KPIs
  • Purchase responsibly for selected suppliers including price negotiations and target agreements (Supplier Host)
  • Benchmark surveys on the purchasing volume in order to deduce savings potential and supplier strategy
  • Central linking point between the Centre Of Competence Purchasing and the Knorr-Bremse Global Category Purchasing Team
  • Functional reporting to the Regional Category Manager Castings
  • Will be measured on cost savings, delivery performance and parts per million
  • Will have no responsibility for direct or operational personnel

Our Ideal Candidate;

  • Experienced in an automotive buyer background and be familiar with ductile iron castings, automated disamatic casting processes and investment castings
  • Commercial and/or technical degree with a good understanding of materials
  • Experience of working in a similar role
  • Must be computer literate with a very good knowledge in the use of MS-Office, SAP and SRM
  • Good oral and written skills
  • Knowledge of purchase methods and tools as well as project management
  • Able to travel widely throughout the world to visit suppliers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in an international team and be able to work well with all colleagues

The Benefits;

  • Permanent position
  • Contributory private pension
  • Overtime available
  • Immediate starts available
  • Local interviews arranged

If you are interested in this opportunity please apply directly through this website or call our Sunderland Branch on 0191 510 5077.

If you have not been contacted within 14 days of your application please assume that you have not been successful. We will, however, retain your application for any future roles for which you may be suitable.

This position is advertised on behalf of Jacob Thomas Associates. We have a variety of other permanent and temporary positions available ranging from Supply Chain, Logistics, Administration, Sales, Secretarial, Finance & Accounts, Customer Services, I.T. and Engineering.

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