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Senior Buyer

Senior Buyer

Hernshead Recruitment

This company are currently recruiting a Senior Buyer to join the Procurement department at our headquarters in Shoreham-By-Sea.  

Over the last 13 years, this company have been on a mission to deliver a revolutionary new concept in ultra-lightweight diesel engines with their market revolutionising new product. Since 2007, this company has successfully raised over £120 million of private investment, to bring the outboard from a dream to a reality. Having begun production in May 2020, the new product is becoming hugely popular in the market and demand is on the rise.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for a supplier spend in excess of around £14 million and be expected to identify year on year cost reduction opportunities through negotiation and re-sourcing projects
  • To identify suppliers, negotiate and place all project purchase orders aligned to the long-term vision of the business
  • Supplier contract drafting, negotiation and implementation
  • To be the escalation point for any commercial related activities for supplier base, aligning with the materials control team to ensure day-to-day continuity of supply is achieved
  • Monthly, Quarterly and Annual business reviews based on strategic importance of the relationship to the business
  • Supporting NPI projects from development stage to serialised production
  • Work with SQA to manage the supplier selection process that best suits the business requirements, considering cost, quality and delivery
  • Work with DFM to obtain ‘best cost’ for all development parts
  • Issue out NDA’s and maintain the NDA register
  • Work with the programme team (Engineering, Quality, DFM) to communicate & improve as required delivery dates for project phases
  • Create and maintain mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with suppliers to foster feedback and continuous improvement  

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a senior purchasing role
  • Experience of materials and manufacturing in a niche assembly sector
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with experience and ability in working with Senior Management, advising at all levels as required
  • Ability to read engineering drawings
  • Cross-functional business team environment experience
  • Proven ability to self-manage & deliver on time to budget


  • BA/BSc degree in Business, Engineering, Materials Management or equivalent
  • MCIPS qualification or working towards
  • Automotive Quality Process experience – APQP/PPAP
  • Epicor ERP system experience
  • Teamcenter / CAD software experience
  • Working level knowledge of marine and/or automotive technologies and/or markets

Why this company? 

With a global reach of over 100 territories, you will be joining a business that puts innovation at the forefront of everything we do and aim to be leaders in our field. Join the team and be a part of revolutionising the marine industry. 


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