Senior Buyer

Abpac Limited
Wincanton, Somerset or Middleton, Manchester
Competitive plus incentive scheme depending on experience and skillset
04 Jan 2022
26 Jan 2022
Job Level
Buyer, Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Over the last 40 years, ABPAC has become a leading supplier of packaging products to the bakery, food and catering industries. Under new ownership, we are investing to scale the business. This exciting role of senior buyer will run the Procurement department and play a strategic part in further developing our offering.

Reports to:             Managing Director

Job type:                 Full-Time, Permanent

Location:                 Wincanton, Somerset or Middleton, Manchester.

Package:                  Competitive salary plus incentive scheme based on experience and skillset

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Establish strong relationships with senior management at existing suppliers
  • Review pricing arrangements to identify areas for improvement
  • Become product knowledge leader within the business
  • Work closely with Sales to understand product gaps and customer needs
  • Identify infill products and new category opportunities, then establish supply options
  • Deepen supply chain including expansion of “own tool” products and new overseas relationships
  • Expand the already successful bespoke product offering
  • Interact closely with the purchasing department to maintain continuity of supply
  • Achieve year on year cost savings consistent with the Purchasing budget
  • Support implementation of new IT platform and embed best practice

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience managing buying for a similar organisation
  • Not essential but experience within food packaging would be a plus
  • Deeply commercial with strong negotiation skills
  • Understanding of importance of price, service, and quality
  • Strong relationship builder with suppliers and peers - able to balance the requirements of different stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Excel, Word and Office applications
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Flexible and able to travel within UK and occasionally overseas

Why work for us?

  • Salary: Competitive with incentive scheme
  • Mid-size company: Big enough to have scale; small enough to have entrepreneurial culture
  • Other Benefits: Cycle to Work Scheme

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