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Ford & Stanley Recruitment

We are looking for a senior buyer who can rationalise a very large supply chain and drive significant efficiency improvement via relationship develop and applying strategic thinking.

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are working with a Supply Chain and Product Solution company who have recently appointed a new leadership team to drive and develop new processes so they achieve their aim to become the market leader in their industry. There will be many changes ahead meaning an exciting opportunity if you are really looking to make a difference.

The Opportunity

The client is looking for someone who can evaluate the current purchasing function and develop new strategies and processes to become more efficient. The Candidate will focus on reducing the number of suppliers, reduce costs, compress lead time, develop a commodity strategy and create a smaller list of core suppliers who work at best cost and performance. You will do this through data analysis, market research and strong negotiation skills.  


  • 1 day x Southport.
  • 1day x Crewe.
  • Travelling for supplier visits.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Assess current suppliers, identify who works at a best cost and performance. 
  • Supplier Negotiation along with Internal and External Stakeholders. 
  • Data Analysis, improve the clarity of data through the system. 

The Candidates

With previous experience of purchasing, ideally in an engineering sector, the successful candidate will be motivated by challenge and solving problems, will be forward-looking and improvement driven.

Essential Experience

  • Engineering / Manufacturing Purchasing Experience
  • Experience in developing a Purchasing Strategy, carrying out negotiations and cost reduction. 
  • Strong Communication Skills, the role consists of supplier negotiation and internal and external Stakeholder engagement. 

Likely Job Titles: Buyer, Lead Buyer, Strategic Buyer, Senior Buyer, Commodity Manager. Procurement Manager.

Ford & Stanley Ltd is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all opportunity seekers. We shall adhere to such a policy at all times and will review on an on-going basis all aspects of recruitment to avoid unlawful or undesirable discrimination. We will treat everyone equally irrespective sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief or political beliefs and we place an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy.+

    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Southport
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:£45000 - £55000