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Unipart Rail is part of the Unipart Group, one of Europe’s leading independent logistics’ companies that has an annual turnover of more than £800 million.


Due to internal promotion, there is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, creative senior buyer to join the business as a Commodity Manager. As well as supporting the day-to-day operations of the procurement department, we are looking for candidates to bring their creative ideas to the business to help support the ongoing vision change of the purchasing department as they merge 3 manufacturing sites to one shared process.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the development and implementation of the procurement, Supply base, Commodity and SRM strategies – target smaller core supplier population delivering highly cost effective operational excellence
  • To develop clarity on forecast sales pipeline & SIOP process; to develop agreed future scope of work and materials requirements as basis of all framework / LTA activities.
  • To lead the discussions with approval bodies, such as Network Rail / Quality / Engineering, for the approval of new suppliers / product groups / source transfers
  • To undertake make vs buy reviews as assigned by the Head of Manufacturing Procurement.
  • For the assigned portfolio of suppliers, undertake RFQ actions, quote evaluation, cost, contract negotiation and development & implementation of appropriate Framework / Long Term Agreements with the selected suppliers.
  • To participate in the development and roll out of a Supplier ‘Open book’ quotation process and methods to evaluate information for negotiation leverage
  • Bid process & New Projects – to fully support the UR Bid process for assigned product areas for elements covering the Manufacturing Division scope of activity & involvement
  • The position is critical is pivotal to the category team & the development of the supply chain focus of consumables & fasteners.

Location: Crewe

Salary:  £45,000 + £307.00 per month car allowance

Working Practices: On site at Crewe site

Agreed Criteria for candidates to secure interview

  • Senior buying experience.
  • Manufacturing background.
  • Strong knowledge on Engineering changes.
  • Creativity and innovative skillset to bring new ideas to the business.
  • SAP or alternative ERP System experience.


About Ford & Stanley Group

Ford & Stanley Group are in the business of people and performance. Our mission is to create one million better workdays through facilitating great recruitment, leadership and occupational mental fitness.


Ford & Stanley Group Ltd is a Disability Confident Committed employer and 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: Crewe
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:£45000 - £45000

    This opportunity is being managed by:

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    Jake Benn

    Senior Recruitment Consultant