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Senior Electronics Buyer

Location: Milton Keynes

Contract: Permanent

Posted: 03.11.2022


The Role

Reporting directly to the Purchasing Team Leader, this role focuses on developing, implementing, and managing the Supplier interface in relation to Commercial terms, design for manufacture suitability of components within both the project and commodity environment.

To help develop and maintain the commodity and supplier strategies in line with the department’s key objectives.

To actively contribute to special projects as defined (e.g., Cost Reduction, DFM, Lead-time reduction, Inventory reduction and Cashflow improvements)

To support the Purchasing department deliverables in terms of Project Purchasing and Engineering Change Order Responses (Technical Purchasing)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead/Support the appraisal and onboarding of suitable electronics suppliers that can support the organisation through the supply of PCBs and looms for development and production programmes.
  • Act as the primary interface between the organisation’s electronics suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Lead cross-functional project meetings involving the supplier and internal project team members.
  • Develop and implement purchasing strategies primarily for the electronics commodity, and other commodities as required.
  • Collate and present information to update the project team on the status of key deliverables.
  • Work closely with the quality team to ensure supplier quality issues are addressed, and countermeasures are put in place in a timely manner.
  • Lead/Support sourcing activity for new projects from concept through to volume production, ensuring appropriate sourcing progress is being made in line with the Programme gateway checklist.
  • To ensure the Purchasing for automotive volume programmes is in line with IPT’s formal Supplier Nomination Procedure and by ensuring supply contracts are in place at the appropriate programme milestone.
  • Develop and maintain purchasing documentation and processes to ensure all key stakeholders are clearly updated at the appropriate points.
  • Lead supplier negotiations with regards to the (QCD elements) around new technologies and design improvements, to ensure value for money and that all QCD production targets can be met.
  • Purchasing for specific projects or programmes to support project needs of timing, quality, specification, and cost.
  • Purchasing Lead in project team meetings and information flow. This will involve working cross-functionally with other departments and internal customers (e.g., Engineering, Prototype Build, BOM, Planning & Stores etc.).
  • Effectively negotiate the price of materials ensuring the best total acquisition cost.
  • In response to ECNs, Project demands and Requisitions, source components and materials in compliance with the approved supplier’s list, company procedures and pricing and timing to meet business needs.
  • Loading Purchase orders in line with best practise and company procedures.
  • Maintain up to date delivery dates on MRP system to ensure visibility of item(s) arrival dates, this is also critical as it feeds directly into our monthly Vendor Management Reports (OTIF performance).
  • Support the expediting of purchased components where necessary, to achieve due date adherence.
  • Support day to day project requirements as required, where necessary provide escalation route to the expediting function.
  • Always maintain best working practices and compliance with Company Procedures and Health & Safety Policy.
  • Any other tasks that are reasonably assigned to you by your line manager, including development activities, which are within your capability and grade.

Required Education & Industry Experience

  • Literate in all MS Office applications.
  • Highly numerate.
  • Working knowledge of SAGE 200 Manufacturing or similar with a particular focus on BOM development and works order’s structure.
  • Understand technical drawings and bills of materials.
  • Familiar with PPAP requirements.
  • Effective communicator at senior levels.
  • Extensive experience in sourcing PCB assemblies, with an understanding of the components involved.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Significant experience in purchasing within a similar engineering and automotive environment.
  • Confident in negotiating a price / lead time balance, in order to maximise the value of the outcome for the company.

Desirable Education & Industry Experience

  • Relevant bachelors or master’s degree
  • Knowledge of precision manufacturing processes and materials.

Direct applications only. No unsolicited Recruitment Agent submissions will be accepted. Any unsolicited CVs received will be treated as the property of Helix.




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