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    Bedford, Bedfordshire

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    £35000 - £40000 per annum

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    Lisa Pascoe

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The Strategic Senior Buyer will be responsible for managing supplier delivery through supplier improvement and development.

Specific Job Responsibilities of the Senior Buyer;

Achieve on time delivery, to meet quantity, quality and technical requirements using procurement processes.

Complete the supplier selection processes including Invitations to Tender, negotiation of T&C's, Bid evaluation, and award of contract.

Ensure goods and services are suitably specified and supplier performance is satisfactory.

Negotiate with suppliers to ensure best-value is achieved.

Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships with key internal and external business contacts.

Provide expertise, advice, and guidance to internal customers on procurement practices and techniques.

Ensure procurement activities are compliant with legislative procedures, and that risks are minimised.

Provide the key interface between client and suppliers to ensure that communication is effectively managed, and that issues and risks are fully understood and managed.

Support internal and external reviews on supplier performance as required.

Person Specification of the Senior Buyer;

Degree qualified or equivalent.

Additional professional qualifications would be an advantage e.g. CIPS.

Procurement & Supplier Management experience is essential.

Understanding of Contract Law, T&C's, etc.

Experience of working within a large manufacturing / engineering organisation.

Strong communication and negotiation skills.

Strong commercial acumen.

Working knowledge of SAP is essential.

Excellent IT skills including MS Office.

Ability to work collaboratively with other departments within the business.

This role would suit an individual with previous experience in the following roles; Vendor Manager, Senior Buyer, Supplier Manager, Commercial Contracts Manager.