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Buyer (Materinty cover contract)

Buyer (Maternity cover, temporary, minimum 12 month contract)
Location: Gloucester
Package: Basic Salary £20,000-£22,000 (commensurate with experience)
plus bonus & other excellent PLC company benefits  
Sector: Packaging distribution
 

The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an urgent opportunity for an experienced Buyer to join our procurement team based in Gloucester and help cover maternity leave.   We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Our procurement functionality is a vital part of our solution offering and we continually invest in the professional development of our team including CIPS accredited training.

 
The Buyer Role  
Working as a member of our local procurement team, your role will support the site at which you are based whilst upholding the company wide National procurement strategy. Your appointment to this position will be integral to the overall success of our business, as you will be instrumental in helping to coordinate the management and development of the regional supplier base.
 

Buyer Key Duties

  • Managing a large portfolio of suppliers
  • Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant
  • Ensuring supplies adhere to quality, service and best practise initiatives
  • Managing performance of the supplier base
  • Assisting with tender activity, product enquiries and ad-hoc project work
  • Purchasing of standard and non-standard stock items
  • Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities
  • Reporting and statistical analysis
  • Upholding procurement strategy
  • Maximising profitability and minimising risk to the Business
  • Undertaking stock control and administration activities

 
Do you have the correct profile?
We are welcome your application provided that you have a minimum of 1 year commercial buying experience. That way, we are hopeful that you will already have gained exposure to the majority of key duties mentioned above. Ours is a fairly fast-paced sales led distribution business, so although identical experience isn’t essential, any obvious synergy would be useful. As this is a maternity cover scenario, we are asking that applicants are prepared to commit to the contract for a minimum of 12 months. You will naturally have strong communication and negotiation skills with the ability to at times, perform under pressure and fulfil exacting timeframes. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills that will help you to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues and departments. You may have already gained CIPS accreditation via previous studies but if not, we do as a business offer a pathway to do so.
 

The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising up to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximising every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
 

Next Steps
This is a key appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favoured candidate to commence with us ASAP. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
 

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