Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Strategic Buyer


Job Description:

Strategic Buyer/Senior Buyer (Sunderland) – Competitive Salary


*Join a progressive business with excellent growth plans

*A small, close-knit team with over 45 years’ experience in the business

 *Opportunity to really make an impact on the growth of the business



  • To work in accordance with defined Management Systems and be aware of H&S responsibilities to yourself and to others.
  • Support development of Approved Vendors List (AVL), manage suppliers in terms of Pre-Qualification, on-going HSEQ performance & AVL status and ensure sourcing activities align with AVL.
  • Support internal and external audits processes and execution, as required.
  • Run / Manage MRP and expedite purchase orders for all requirements.
  • Obtain Competitive Quotations for high value / high risk items.
  • Negotiate improved prices/deliveries on existing and new agreements/orders. Supply sources, Terms, Prices and Supply Agreements:
    Source and qualify new suppliers – carry out competitive sourcing/tendering projects for high value / high risk categories
    Ensure continuous monitoring of lead times & delivery dates and expedite accordingly.
  • Monitor purchase price movements and trends
  • Constantly review processes & procedures to maximise opportunity and eliminate inefficiencies & variation.
  • Assist the Supply Chain Manager to develop and document contract strategies for individual projects.



The ideal candidate

  • CIPS or equivalent or studying towards.
  • Also considered appropriate experience in Procurement within industry.
  • Demonstrable competence & experience in Commodity Management, SRM & SQA
  • MRP systems, Inventory & Expediting experience
  • Machinery directives (ATEX, PED)
  • International & LCC Purchasing
  • Experience with MRP systems
  • IT literate
  • 5 years of experience in similar high industrial purchasing environment
  • Willing to travel UK wide on occasion



Theo James Recruitment specialise in Manufacturing & Engineering recruitment across the following disciplines. 

  • Supply Chain/Logistics, Management
  • Quality - Engineering, Management
  • Design - Engineer, Management
  • Maintenance – Technician, Engineer, Management
  • Production / Process Engineering
  • Health, Safety & Environmental
  • Project Engineering, Management
  • Leadership and Management


  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation

    United Kingdom

  • Industry Sector Manufacturing
  • Years Experience

    Less than 1 year

  • Career Level

    Entry Level

  • Educational level

    Secondary School or equivalent

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