Indirect Material Buyer

Owen Daniels
29 Jul 2017
24 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Summary of Position

Manage and monitor supplier QCD (Quality, Cost, and Delivery) for the client in line with the Division Purchasing Policy.

Core Responsibilities

  • Suppliers QCD performance
  • Timely purchase all of the sites requirements for Direct Materials
  • Price Negotiations and Product Productivity (VA/VE) - Manage the supplier’s economic performance in coordination with the Regional Commodity Buyers, all necessary action plans to ensure Budget Targets are achieved.
  • Quality or Delivery issues - ensure that appropriate action plans are implemented.
  • Capital Equipment - maximising the cost benefit of all Capital purchases
  • Ensure that Direct Material stocks are effectively reduced in line with company targets

Indirect Material Buyer

Approved Vendor List (AVL) and Productivity

  • Plan and contribute to AVL sizing adjustment.
  • Initiate Material Committees in the plant and support productivity actions implementation.
  • Work closely with the Division Product Productivity Director for best practices deployment and breakthrough actions implementation.

Project Management (VA/VE)

  • Supplier benchmarking / resourcing to achieve Best Landed Cost.
  • Initiate cost reduction projects. Drive these projects for successful and timely implantation.

Contract Management

  • Apply Division/Group policy & contracts, Negotiate specific local requirements for their implementation.
  • Manage IDM Contracts with local suppliers. Development and improve of all site Contracts.

Indirect Material Buyer

Administration and day to day management

  • Ensure that all necessary supplier and part information are correctly registered in the plant ERP (and relevant systems).
  • Ensure proper ordering, invoicing control, cost control and reporting for DM and IDM.
  • Prioritise local resolution of issues but escalade to Regional Commodity when needed.

Reporting and System

  • Ensure transparency, accuracy and consistency of data in the purchasing information systems
  • Ensure the PAP system is kept updated on a weekly basis for all the Regional plants.
  • Work closely with plant’s controllers and Regional purchasing controller to report purchasing performance.
  • Manage accurate and on time monthly reporting by the plants according to Division’s process and with Division’s tools.

Indirect Material Buyer

Minimum Qualifications/Experience/Skills

Education/ Experience/ Skills:

Formal required Qualifications:

  • Degree/HNC Business Studies or Engineering or equivalent

Previous experience required:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Commodity or Plant Buyer in an industrial environment
  • Results oriented with strong written and oral communications skills
  • PC literate.
  • Self-motivated and driven to succeed.

Indirect Material Buyer

Capabilities and Personal Attributes

  • Develop and deploy a vision
  • Develops personal objectives that clearly link to company goals
  • Achieve through people Works well as part of an EI team, Coaches and supports others, influences and communicates effectively

Lead change

  • Embraces change, constantly learns and develops self

Drive performance

  • Constantly develops own performance, focusing on speed, efficiency and effective execution

Customer relationships & partnerships

  • Measures success through the eyes of the customer, works effectively across different cultures

Emotional Intelligence

  • Develops accurate picture of self by reflecting on interactions and seeking feedback, manages own emotions appropriately


  • Takes personal responsibility for own actions, has the courage to face difficult conversations honestly

Indirect Material Buyer

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