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Senior Plant Buyer

Location: Washington

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 168486

Our international manufacturing client is looking for a Senior Plant Buyer to join them on a permanent basis at their site in Sunderland.

As the Senior Plant Buyer you will take a leading role to deliver best in class purchasing across the plant. You will report directly into the Plant Controller, providing end to end operational and strategic support

Job Role

  • Manage a large commodity portfolio, including a mix of direct material, NPM, MRO, CAPEX and tooling etc

  • Implement processes and strategies, working closely with suppliers negotiating best terms, costs and mitigating risk etc

  • Working with and liaising with key stakeholders on the overall delivery and objective but also from an NPD perspective

  • Deliver annual cost saving, cost reduction and cost avoidance

  • Closely manage the supplier through building solid relationships and communication throughout the purchasing process to ensure expectations are met

  • Drive best practice and be proactive in, seeking alternative/ improvements that can be made within purchasing


  • Come from a purchasing role within manufacturing and production and preferably a fast-paced business

  • Experience with using SAP or a similar MRP or ERP software

  • Experience setting up new suppliers

  • Have proven experience of identifying, formulating and reviewing business objectives on a short and long term basis, and communicate to key stakeholders in a timely manner

  • Experience in a procurement role which involves Strategic purchasing

This role is a dayshift role working within the plants core hours.