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Horticultural Sourcing Specialist | Buyer

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Horticultural Sourcing Specialist | Buyer

  • Location:

    West Midlands, England

  • Sector:

    Horticulture

  • Salary:

    £30000 - £35000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Dianne Saunders

  • Job ref:

    DS12060

  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

Our client is looking to develop and grow a database which identifies strategic suppliers who can deliver sustainable competitive advantage to their business so are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Horticultural Sourcing Specialist or Buyer.

Main Duties & responsibilities:
Build and maintain good relationships with existing and new suppliers.
Continually update the knowledge base of the Purchasing, Sales & Marketing teams regarding the suppliers current range of items and scope for future growth.
Develop and maintain catalogues of information regarding suppliers' range of supply and prices.
Working with the Purchasing Manager to source and develop communications and build relationships with possible new suppliers for supply of new and existing items.
To assist the Purchasing Manager with the supplier selection process based on price, quality, support, capacity and reliability.
Ensure robust justification for all new product additions and assist in the administration process for adding new lines.
To take a lead in the formal supplier capability assessment and performance management using robust KPI measures.
Ensure the quality and specification of all items purchased meet or exceed what is agreed with the suppliers.
Working closely with the Purchasing Manager and the supply base, continuously review and forecast market trends and identify changes which could effect margins, reporting movements to the business in a timely manner.
To work with a continuous improvement mind set engaging with other functions within the Supply Chain to deliver measurable savings that are beneficial to the company.
Support with purchasing, the negotiation and tendering process in other business areas such as In-Direct contracts, Transport and Logistics, office equipment and consumables on an ad hoc basis.
Working with the Purchasing team identify solutions and possible suppliers of short-term supply item issues.
Attend regular Demand Review meetings to report on market changes, supply variances, and possible item category changes.
Assist in all areas of the buying process as required by the Purchasing Manager.
Strive for improved efficiencies within the Purchasing process.

Skills required:
Horticultural knowledge and experience essential.
Highly organised and have the ability to prioritise and allocate time effectively.
Excellent negotiation skills
Multitasking ability
Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Knowledge of Demand Management tools
Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems, LEAN principles of planning and MRP/ERP systems.
Commercial awareness
Experience of Project management
Strong numeracy and analytical skills
Experience of using Benchmarking techniques
Skills in cost saving and process efficiency improvements
IT skills specifically in Excel and office.
Experience of working with KPI's and using formal problem-solving methodology.
A self-motivated individual who can work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Extra info:
This is an office based role, with supplier visits as required to the UK and Europe.
CIPS Qualified or equivalent professional qualification/experience
A full driving licence
Normal working hours are 8.00-17.00 Monday to Friday (working additional hours as necessary during peak times).
Salary - dependant on experience
23 days holiday plus bank holidays