Senior Buyer

United Kingdom
United Kingdom



• Research and development of software architecture and code to connect X-ray microscopes to the cloud and to optimize the use of information from X-ray microscopes to improve the user experience
• Provide technical leadership within the research team in this area


Manage the Invitation To tender process, conduct negotiations, carry out supplier assessments, approval and maintenance
• Through effective relationship building, ensure that supplier and Internal stakeholders are kept Informed and updated on production and delivery requirements.
• Create and negotiate supplier agreements that maximise returns, focusing on;
o Inventory levels
o Lead time
o Quality
o Material cost
o Delivery performance
• Build cross functional team relationships across the business to support knowledge around key commodities relating to quality and managing risk
• Support the delivery of strategic sourcing strategies
• Manage the commercial relationship wlth suppliers In line with sourcing strategies
• Manage material cost reduction activities
• To manage and maintain the company MRP/ERP system with current material prices, suppliers etc.
To work with Quality to investigate cause of non-conforming products and to ensure appropriate corrective action is implemented to prevent reoccurrence.
. • To advise on the acceptability of a project before progressing to the next phase of the
acquisition process
• Complete and place Non-PSS orders with suppliers
• To negotiate new supply contracts and changes to existing supply contracts to meet
Strategic Purchasing Objectives.
• Ensure product is delivered on time
• Liaising with other departments to ensure projects are completed
• React to changes in demand
• Work closely with planning to ensure stock levels are correct


•MCIPS qualified or working towards (or equivalent experience)


A) Functional competencies
Good verbal and written communication skills
• Able to communicate common aims to ensure commitment and understanding to achieve day to day tasks/goals/objectives
• Maximise contribution of thoughts and ideas using a consultative mechanism to promote ·
improved flow of Information across the business
• To establish effective relationships across teams which are l • Strong negotiation skills
• Assertive and confident
• Analytical Skills
• Results focused
• Experience in technical manufacturing buying environment
• Sound experience of purchasing – preferably in a manufacturing environment
• Sound experience in cost analysis and supplier negotiation
• Proficient in MS Office
• Knowledge of MRP systems – ordering of components within MRP and inputting of supplier information
• Able to read engineering drawings and Interpret product test specifications

B) Core competencies (all employees)

Be pro-active (Broad minded and well informed in order to act quickly and resolutely)
• Negotiate with suppliers always getting the best deal for Nikon
• Identify cost reduction opportunities
• Expedite orders as necessary, keeping all parties informed
• Maintain a good relationship with suppliers and mal

Seek new knowledge (Pioneer new potential through self-study and insatiable curiosity)
• Keep up to date with any new legislation such as COSH, REACH,ROHS to ensure compliance
• Pass your knowledge onto other members of the team, if they are less experienced
• Keep up to date with market trends

Communicate well (Harmonise diverse skills by thinking out of the box and communicating effectively with other colleagues)
• Deliver clear and succinct messages both verbally and written to suppliers
• Use appropriate vocabulary for your audience and seek their understanding of your communication
• Listen to others and objectively consider their ideas and opinions, even when they conflict your views and ideas
• Clearly explain complex and technical terms so that others will understand

Display integrity (Work with diligence and sincerity as a responsible individual)
• Always work to the highest standards
• Report any Issues or behaviours from suppliers and employees you feel would jeopardise the reputation of Nikon
• Be dependable and always consider other members of the team
• Always tal

Embrace diversity (Welcome and value different talents, perspectives and diverse cultures)
• Respect opinions and views of others
• Respect the different cultures within Nikon
• Welcome new experiences a diverse workforce can bring
• Respect your suppliers and procedures they may need to adhere to


Job title: Senior Buyer

Function level: Will be determined at a later date Work location: Tring

Division/Department: Purchasing

Directly reports to:   Purchasing Manager and Supply Chain Manager

Company: X-Tek/ NMUK

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