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Strategic Buyer (Indirect)

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 25/12/2018

Job Description

Ricardo is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy, founded in 1915. Our vision is to maximise efficiency and eliminate waste.

With a century of experience delivering excellence and innovation, Ricardo now employs over 3,000 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world. It is the passion and expertise of this community which drives us forward and maintains our position of technical leadership.

As a business, we value respect, integrity, innovation and passion. Guided by these values we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success.


A vacancy has arisen within the Ricardo Automotive EMEA Procurement Team for a Strategic Buyer of indirect goods & services, supporting all sites.


Job Description


Procurement of Strategic goods & services for multiple sites across the EMEA division.


Operational management of Indirect Buyers.


Competitive bidding processes, bid appraisal & contract management. Negotiation of payment terms, prices / added value and reporting cost-reduction achievements to hit Key Performance Indicators.


Continuous improvement activities including – P2P process mapping, supplier rationalisation, improving purchasing leverage, inventory reduction and the use of best practice procurement and supply techniques to ensure value for money in all acquisitions.


Internal stakeholder management to ensure changing business requirements are prioritised and met.


Maintain and promote relationships with strategic supplier accounts and within the business community.


Creation of and operating within framework agreements, annual or multi-year contracts and blanket purchase orders.


Supply-chain management including new supplier approvals, supplier record maintenance and management of suppliers’ cost, quality, and delivery performance.


Order placement and management with strategic UK and International suppliers. Order confirmation & acknowledgement to ensure accurate price and delivery information. Three-way matching to ensure effective purchase-to-pay processes


Close liaison with Finance function to resolve any problems between Supplier and Ricardo and to ensure the P2P process is efficient.



Person Specification


Success will be dependent on the individual’s ability to manage volume transactions whilst delivering projects and cost savings across a diverse range of commodities
Excellent data management skills and IT literacy.
Experience with SAP Purchasing essential
Attention to detail, accurate, numerically astute
A broad understanding of statutory regulations and compliance
Commercial and Legal knowledge on complex supply contracts
Strong negotiation skills with an ability to close the deal in short time frames.
Proven ability to deliver cost-savings
Strong customer focus with a flexible approach to succeed in a fast-moving environment.
Ability to communicate well with the team, internal customers and external suppliers.
Experience of supervising others
CIPS qualifications / study preferred