• Manufacturing
  • Plymouth

Job Information

Salary :

Up to 45k DOE

No. of Openings :

1 opening

Job Type :


Job Description

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, you will be responsible for achieving material productivity targets, supporting the R&D team in sourcing direct material for NPI (New Product Introduction) and managing the Mechanical / Electro-Mechanical categories. This is a full time role with the opportunity to work from home one day a week.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities for material cost savings.
  • Collect and coordinate ideas for material cost savings from other departments and functions.
  • Coordinate activities, projects and actions of others across all operational and functional departments to deliver material cost savings.
  • Manage action plans for material / component transfers across sites / suppliers.
  • Coordinate and support in a range of operations projects requiring R&D input to include attendance at prioritization meetings.
  • Conduct regular, scheduled supplier reviews as determined by A, B, C categorization of supplier.
  • Provide assistance in identification of suppliers and material to support the NPI product road map.
  • Negotiate where applicable the costs of direct material for NPI and ensure parts are set up on the ERP system prior to transfer of management to the procurement team.
  • Assist in the estimation of costing of NPI by providing best prices for direct material.
  • Assist in project management of NPI where applicable.
  • Manage the negotiation of prices for specific supply portfolios, including Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical such as Metal (Brass, Copper), Plastics (including Resins), Motors, Packaging etc., incorporating cost down.
  • Support the purchase of all Mechanical & Electro-Mechanical components for the site by assisting the planners as and when required and providing support in the event of component shortages.


Essential Experience / Qualifications and Attributes Required:

  • You are a self-starter, capable of managing your own time and priorities but also able to work well in a tight knit team
  • Coming from the manufacturing industry you will have at least 5 years of buying experience
  • Your experience of the mechanical & electro-mechanical procurement of components and assemblies (essential)
  • You must have outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • You are a skilled user of the Microsoft suite of tools, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with raising capital requests is a bonus
  • Attention to detail is a requirement


If you have recent buying experience within a manufacturing environment, and are currently looking for a new challenge, please submit an up to date CV by using the ‘apply’ button.

For an informal chat about this position please call David Freeman on 01752 252533