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Location: England, West Sussex, Horsham

Senior Technical Project Buyer

England, West Sussex, Horsham

Job Description


Location: Horsham

Start: ASAP

Salary: Competitive

The Client:

They are pioneers of unique technology, delivering clean energy to address climate change and improve air quality. They are working with world-leading partners to embed their technology in mass-market energy products for the commercial, residential and transportation markets. They recruited over 150 people in last few years even throughout the pandemic and are continuing to grow.

The Role:

Responsible for co-ordination of all Purchasing related activities for New Products and Projects as well as support for day-to-day procurement activities. The candidate will have experience of project buying or supplier selection and management for complex and diverse engineered components and services.

  • Represent the Purchasing Department as appropriate in cross functional teams which drive through New Product Introduction and research projects to strict time and cost constraints.
  • Preparation of costed Bills of Materials, landed costs, for all purchased and sub-contracted product and services and the maintenance and development of these through the life of the project including cost down roadmaps.
  • Identify potential vendors, launch RFQ's and RFI's, negotiate terms and conditions with vendors.
  • Sourcing, selection and development of suppliers for NPI, development and prototype builds.
  • Responsible for tracking supplier progress to ensure 100% on time delivery of tooling and samples at the right quality level. Chair technical reviews with the Suppliers and Design Team to ensure the design is manufacturable, drawings are understood and approved before suppliers accept projects in collaboration with colleagues in Supplier Development department.
  • Resolution of quality and delivery, working with the Quality Department, issues for bought-in components. Understanding of the 8D process.
  • Provide input, with justification, with regards to forecast spend and variations for those projects under management and for annual budgets of direct and indirect materials and services.
  • Propose sourcing options for decisions. Guide and influence engineering component selections. Ensure all purchased parts are nominated and approved for source in time to meet project builds.
  • Ensure the proper production capacity and tools are implemented by vendors.
  • Support the designs through the Design Validation stage working along Planners.
  • Working with Planner Buyers to establish the correct supply chain to meet the Production validation and manufacturing requirements.
  • Ensure that all the MRP settings are correct for the Production handover.
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings and specifications.
  • Working with supply chain to improve availability of raw materials, feeding back to the design team of any cost, availability or import issues with material.

What a great candidate looks like:

  • Relevant degree qualification, e.g. mechanical engineering or material science.
  • At least 5 years' procurement.
  • Experienced in methods used in MRP systems.
  • Workflow approach for the flow of materials through the supply chain.
  • Experience within high volume manufacturing or an automotive supplier.
  • Track record in managing procurement projects either via NPI projects or on VAVE programmes.
  • Experience with Sub-Contract Management
  • Effective interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Ability to meet strict financial and timing targets for new project launches and cost down projects.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Flexibility is key in a fast-paced growth company.

If this role is of interest please hit APPLY NOW, or alternatively you can send your CV or call Ricky Shaw at the Rullion HQ in Altrincham for more information.

This permanent vacancy is being advertised by Rullion Ltd.

Since 1978, Rullion has been securing exceptional candidates for a range of clients; from large well-known brands to SMEs and start-ups. As a family-owned business, Rullion's approach is credible and honest, focused on building long-lasting relationships with both clients and candidates.

Rullion is a forward-thinking recruitment company that specialises in providing a wide range of talent consultancy services to a diverse client base, from small start-ups to large household names.



Rullion celebrates and supports diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

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