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Senior Buyer

Location: Multimatic Niche Vehicles Assembly Europe, Coventry, United Kingdom

Posted: March 2nd, 2020

Company Overview:

Multimatic is a privately held, global enterprise supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. The company’s core competencies include the development and manufacture of complex mechanisms and body hardware, suspension systems and body structural components; the design, engineering and development of lightweight composite automotive systems, and the limited-volume build of specialty vehicles.

Position Overview:

Multimatic Niche Vehicle Assembly Europe (MNVAE), located in Coventry UK, is a world-class facility responsible for the production of future bespoke vehicles. MNVAE is currently seeking a Senior Buyer to join our Purchasing team with responsibilities involving the procurement and strategic management of a variety of automotive components and systems for vehicle production. The Buyer will be responsible for establishing and managing positive supply chain relationships to deliver business objectives such as on-time supplier sourcing, cost management and parts availability, in addition to overall business improvements for the organization. The successful candidate will be required to work cross-functionally building strong relationships with Engineering, SQA, Manufacturing and Logistics teams to deliver programme and customer expectations. The candidate will have proven experience improving supplier performance and managing programme delivery, ideally within the automotive sector.

Facility Address:

Unit B, Earlplace Business Park
Fletchamstead Highway
Coventry, West Midlands

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers, and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
  • Develop supply chain mapping methods to identify opportunities for improvement in various commodities
  • Build and maintain supply base while focusing on supplier development; develop and implement supplier score-carding methods
  • Continuously focus on cost-down opportunities
  • Lead/support value analysis/value engineering (VAVE) activities with both internal and external business clients
  • Lead activities for improving inventory turns and working capital improvement
  • Development and analysis of Key Performance Indicators on a monthly basis to manage continuous improvement
  • Work cross-functionally, including closely with SQA, to on-board approved qualified suppliers in line with quality, cost and delivery requirements and measures
  • Support and adhere to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality management system (iso9001)
  • Maintain working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure duties of self and others are performed in a safe manner
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education & Experience:

  • Must have proven experience with improving supplier performance in the automotive OEM industry
  • 5 years' experience in purchasing, with automotive experience in Tier 1 or OEM companies preferred
  • Experience in leading supplier negotiations and cost-down initiatives
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are key for this role
  • Must have the ability to take responsibility and ownership for coordinating the purchasing process from end to end
  • This role requires a strategic and analytical mindset towards purchasing
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office; SAP knowledge is a strong preference
  • Must be legally able to work in the UK


If you are interested in this position, apply by sending us your cover letter and resume.
We thank all interested candidates in advance; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
As part of our commitment to ensuring our employment practices are fair, accessible, and inclusive of persons with disabilities, recruitment-related accommodations for disabilities, are available upon request throughout the recruitment and assessment process for applicants with disabilities.
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