Category Buyer

  • Contract
  • Remote
  • Northern England
  • 41960314

PE Global is currently recruiting a Category Buyer for an 18-month contract role with a leading manufacturing client based in Peterlee.


  • Responsible and accountable for directing the development, and/or communication and implementation of a site, regional, or worldwide sourcing strategy.
  • Responsible for managing policies, agreements, source catalogs, and special purchasing programs, and supporting specific Product line(s) NPI programs.
  • Accountable for the liaison with the corresponding Category/Platform based Buyers.
  • Provides leadership for sourcing, logistics and resource management decisions.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives and purchasing new product introduction activities within Purchasing.
  • Demonstrates leadership in recognizing the potential for cost and inventory reductions, and quality improvement; as well as responsibility for soundness of business proposals and risk assessment.
  • Develops and leads 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing teams to fully understand the current performance of the supply base, evaluate strategic options, decide a course of action, and begin implementation. 
  • Solves problems by determining the best course of action, within departmental guidelines, from many existing solutions.
  • The role identifies and satisfies Critical Customer Requirements (CCR), managing Product expectations for Global Purchasing to deliver benefits required to sustain a competitive advantage.
  • Builds and fosters mutually beneficial supplier relationships at all organizational levels.


  • Min. 4 years experience of relevant experience.
  • Preferably a Bachelors degree but apprentice/NVQ is also accepted.
  • Machinery or automotive background is preferred.
  • Must also have strong knowledge of the product, NPI, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Category Strategies.
  • Analytical (descriptive), problem solving, and project leadership expertise.
  • Effective communicator / ability to build effective relationships.
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Negotiation skills, able to interpret, analyze and negotiate contractual cost elements.
  • Business Acumen – P&L understanding / micro & macro economics.
  • IT skills: Microsoft office. 

Interested candidates should submit an updated CV

Please click the link below to apply, call Alba on +44 203 966 9800 or alternatively send an up to date CV

***Please note our client cannot assist with any visa sponsorship and candidates must have the correct visa to live and work in UK***

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