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Location: MAIDSTONE, KENT Salary: 27000 - 28000 GBP Per Annum
Sector: Procurement & Supply Chain Job Type: Contract
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: 10 months ago Reference: 3107070
I am currently recruiting for a buyer for a fast paced business in Kent. This role will suit someone from a Wholesale/Distribution or FMCG background, passionate about achieving personal objectives and achieving organisational profitability. You will have demonstrable experience of managing inventory and the wider supply chain for in excess of 10,000 products across a range of 200+ Suppliers. You will be self-motivated and a confident decision maker continually looking for process improvements with a track record of cost saving initiatives.. You will need to be technically minded and have previous experience of understanding specifications, turning them into purchase orders and expediting them in.

You will be responsible for a portfolio of product of around £10 million situated in several locations across the UK including the Kent warehouse but also show rooms and demo stock held in the field.

Manage customer back orders by working in conjunction with Purchasing Assistants to correct supply chain on advance notification of a potential issue, continuing the resolution if the product does back order. At all times ensuring good quality communication occurs within the business to maximise customer service.

 Actively seek best pricing through negotiation, market awareness and price list management

Negotiate and monitor vendor rebates to ensure correct accrual decisions are made and rebates maximised without compromising working capital

Ensure that all relevant supplier details and product price information is accurately maintained on the appropriate system, working closely with the IM Gatekeepers to ensure all price lists are updated on a timely basis enabling the correct forward buy investment to be made

Ensure Freight costs are managed to optimise costs for the supply chain, working to best practice guidelines as defined by the department lead

Control inventory levels through focused activity on new item management, overstock management and maintenance of E3 parameters to ensure inventory accuracy levels are attained and working capital maximised

Work with the Operations team to ensure smooth delivery of product to shelf and timely resolution of queries

Constantly review and suggest improvements to processes to bring efficiencies/cost savings to the Supply Chain

Develop supplier relationships and introduce measurement tools to improve supplier performance

Develop internal relationships, influencing key internal customers to promote professional purchasing principals across the business ensuring timely communication and problem resolution.

As part of the role is managing consumables you must have experience in forecasting and managing the life cycle of a large number of items, This is a fast paced high volume area of the business.


Minimum A Level Standard required

Purchasing or Logistics Qualification preferred

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