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Lead Buyer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 30/11/2020

Job Description

The successful candidate will be rewarded with the opportunity to be a key member of a team with a broad remit to support New Product Introduction and Consultancy projects within the Performance Products division of Ricardo.  This division specialises in delivering niche powertrain products and supporting product industrialisation planning to many premium brand customers.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to apply their procurement/supply-chain experience and knowledge in a dynamic hands-on environment, producing world class products and working closely with a diverse client base.


Job Description

As a Lead Buyer, your role will include responsibility for the Management of purchased parts from concept to series production for suppliers and projects you are assigned. Additionally, working stand-alone or within a team as an expert consultant supporting client industrialisation projects.

Typical objectives will include:


Meeting with Clients to discuss/define requirements and coordinate supply chain activities between suppliers, clients and Engineering/project teams.
 Maintain and promote relationships with clients, suppliers and the Ricardo community.
 Procurement of project goods including bespoke parts/tooling manufactured from drawing, along with design/development, and other technical services.
 Competitive bidding (RFQ), negotiating prices / added value and reporting cost-reduction achievements
 Liaising with suppliers and Engineering teams on design feasibility issues, expediting orders and agreeing concessions or return rejects
 Control spend against budget and forecasting to completion of project
 Identification & evaluation of potential supply partners (working closely with SQA).
 Negotiation, contracting, and risk evaluation of/with UK and international suppliers.
 Ownership of the end-to-end, purchase-to-pay process for projects assigned
 Coordination and Maintenance of supplier held tooling registers
 Actively supporting the Ricardo procurement community in identification & development of procurement best-practise across all business divisions.
Take an active lead in make vs Buy strategy in conjunction with our manufacturing teams.
Identifying and implementing a PSL across a diverse supply chain in conjunction with operational procurement team
Leading cost estimation activities during product concept phases
Supporting business development on bid preparation and pitching to clients for procurement activities


Relevant Experience and Personal Attributes

Experience of NPI within a Senior Procurement role and a skill set that would match well the role requirements defined. Preferably gained within the automotive sector but other industries would be considered.

Experience of working directly with key clients and working independently and/or in a consulting capacity also desirable.


Strong data management skills and IT literacy. Experience with SAP & Baan Purchasing an advantage
Strong business acumen, attention to detail, accurate, numerically astute
Strong negotiation skills with an ability to close the deal in short time frames
Strong customer focus with a flexible approach to succeed in a fast-moving environment.
 Knowledge of BoM’s, PO Processes, familiarity with technical drawings
 A working knowledge of contract law
 Ability to communicate well within a cross-functional team and at all levels, including internal customers and external suppliers & customers.
 Membership of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is desirable.
 Experience working in an Engineering or manufacturing environment essential
 Demonstrates the highest integrity and ethical values in dealing with clients, suppliers, and colleagues.
 Flexibility to support regular travel to suppliers/customers domestic & internationally and holder of a driving licence.
Ability to self-manage and demonstrate resilience/robustness when working to challenging targets