Job Description

Buyer / Planner

Ref No: AM17424

County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Competitive salary

Buyer / Planner - County Clare.

General Purpose of position:
Procurement of direct and indirect materials. Management of key suppliers and responsibility for the delivery of procurement projects to agreed timelines by effectively leading negotiations and supporting purchasing strategies. The Buyer will provide parts, equipment, and materials by developing sources of supply and monitoring supplier performance, obtaining required parts, equipment, and materials, verifying receipt of items, and managing stock levels.

Core Responsibilities:
Develop, manage and maintain vendor and supplier relationship process based on price, quality, support, capacity, and reliability
Issue requests for quotes (RFQ) and select the best source consistent with cost, quality, and delivery requirements. Negotiate and manage long-term pricing agreements on critical commodities.
Handle correspondence concerning over-shipments, delivery shortages, changes in quantity, delivery dates, and prices and report such changes to the relevant parties in a timely manner.
Act as a liaison between suppliers and involved departments to resolve procurement-related problems.
Facilitate timely placement of purchase orders.
Produce regular reports on purchase commitments, costs, and delivery performance
Develop and drive a cost reduction programme across suppliers and vendors
Maintain appropriate stock levels consistent with targeted inventory goals and as set by management.
Maintain accuracy of stock code information within an ERP system including lead-time, pricing, current supplier information, current purchase order data
Ensure ERP parameters are maintained by monitoring minimum, maximum, safety, and current inventory levels, making recommendations to management for adjustments to levels.
Monitor supplier performance by ensuring that product is delivered as scheduled and meets specifications; maintaining appropriate files and records of meetings with suppliers to ensure company requirements are met and that supplier is aware of their performance.
Contribute to team effort by accomplishing other job-related tasks as needed; enabling other workers to achieve their job objectives.
Develop, negotiate and administer purchasing agreements and contracts with suppliers in support of organisational requirements
Oversee supplier compliance with internal quality standards and external regulations

Interested applicants should have:

Third level qualification in Purchasing, MCIPS, Supply Chain, Materials Management or a related field
At least 3 to 5 years' experience in purchasing and procurement including inventory control, contract negotiation, supply management, supplier relationships.
Ideally a knowledge of import freight movement from Europe & Third Countries.
Knowledge of commodity purchasing with a focus on metal fabrication and extrusions an advantage (not essential).
Working knowledge of all laws and regulations relating to procurement and contracts.
Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems and MRP/ERP systems.
High competency level in MS Office applications


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