Bids and Projects Buyer (temporary)

  • Location: Rustington, Rustington
  • Function:
  • Salary: Please enquire
  • Reference: 12691
  • Job Type: Contract
Bids and Projects Buyer - 3-6 month contract

Responsible for fulfilling the materials requirements, accountable for cost, time, and quality of supplied goods and services on £multi-million programs. To provide procurement and subcontract expertise to the bid teams in the winning of new business.† The key focus of this role is to significantly develop and improve procurement influence on winning new business and delivering successful bids and projects to its customers.

The Bids and Projects Buyer will effectively manage key stakeholders internal. This will be delivered in part, through effective strategic procurement, supply chain planning and supplier management.† This role is key to the organisation`s growth both in the UK and internationally having full accountability and autonomy for supplier performance and delivery of strategic objectives.†

Specific Responsibilities

- Support the sales function in winning new business through accurate cost estimating and development of concept bills of material.
- Single Point of Contact for the project team, managing procurement dependencies across Quality, Product Development, Logistics, Production and Legal departments, ensuring customer & supplier requirements are managed.
- Create the bid & project procurement strategies leading make / buy decisions, communicating clear cost, time and quality deliverables to key stakeholders.
- Supplier nomination, ensuring capacity and capability within the supply chain through robust evaluation of suppliers promoting long-term performance through strategic relationship management.
- Lead the planning of materials requirements to ensure timely deliveries within budget, working collaboratively with Category Buyers to manage exceptions.
- Management of production shortages, addressing through influence of others or resolving as a matter of priority.
- Responsible for creating and managing material budgets for your bids and projects.
- You will establish Bill of Materials costs for key stages of product maturity. You will identify and pursue all savings and cost efficiencies.
- Provide routine management reports demonstrating supply chain performance.
- Promote a design-for-manufacture culture through early supplier involvement and collaborative working with internal & external engineering teams.
- Manage subcontract risk and opportunities ensuring mitigation through use of effective terms of business.
- Take responsibility for high priority & urgent supplier performance issues that is having an impact on performance.
- Manage unique & critical suppliers to the bids and projects you are responsible for.
- Seek continual improvement, especially in relation to reducing costs and maintaining stock at an optimised level.



- Experience in a strategic leadership role in Supply Chain Management
- Extensive experience of strategic sourcing in the vehicle, engineering and production environment
- Strong negotiator
- Able to manage demanding external and internal stakeholders
- Experience of multi-site purchasing requirements
- Familiarity with defence procurement and commercial sales processes

Person Specification

- CIPS preferred or currently studying for CIPS.
- Proven supply chain management experience within automotive, engineering and manufacturing industries
- An excellent understanding of technical drawings, design intent and manufacturing processes.
- Ability to manage low-level maturity design and skilled in cost estimating.
- Planning & implementation skills, able to deliver to tight deadlines.
- Strong negotiator.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organisational skills with ability to manage conflicting priorities well
- Full driving licence.

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