Horticulture Sourcing Buyer Specialist

Contact with: - UK and European suppliers, and all internal departments as required.

Strategy & Organisation: - Develop and grow a database which identifies strategic suppliers who can deliver sustainable competitive advantage to the business.

Main Duties & responsibilities: -

·         Build and maintain good relationships with existing and new suppliers.

·         Continually update the knowledge base of our Purchasing, Sales & Marketing teams regarding our Suppliers current range of items and scope for future growth.

·         Develop and maintain catalogues of information regarding suppliers’ range of supply and prices.

·         Working with the Purchasing Manager source and develop communications and build relationships with possible new suppliers for supply of new and existing items.

·         To assist the Purchasing Manager with the supplier selection process based on price, quality, support, capacity and reliability.

·         Ensure robust justification for all new product additions and assist in the administration process for adding new lines.

·         To take a lead in the formal supplier capability assessment and performance management using robust KPI measures.

·         Ensure the quality and specification of all items purchased meet or exceed that agreed with the Suppliers.

·         Working closely with the Purchasing Manager and our supply base, continuously review and forecast market trends and identify changes which could affect margins, reporting movements to the business in a timely manner.

·         To work with a continuous improvement mind set engaging with other functions within the Supply Chain to deliver measurable savings that are beneficial to the company.

·         Support with purchasing, the negotiation and tendering process in other business areas such as In-Direct contracts, Transport and Logistics, office equipment and consumables on an ad hoc basis.

·         Working with the Purchasing team identify solutions and possible suppliers of short-term supply item issues.

·         Attend regular Demand Review meetings to report on market changes, supply variances, and possible item category changes.

·         Assist in all areas of the buying process as required by the Purchasing Manager.

·         Strive for improved efficiencies within the Purchasing process.  

Skills required: -

·         Horticultural knowledge and experience essential.

·         Highly organised and have the ability to prioritise and allocate time effectively.

·         Excellent negotiation skills.

·         Multitasking ability.

·         Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation.

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.

·         Knowledge of Demand Management tools.

·         Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems, LEAN principles of planning and MRP/ERP systems.

·         Commercial awareness.

·         Experience of Project management.

·         Strong numeracy and analytical skills.

·         Experience of using Benchmarking technics.

·         Skills in Cost saving and process efficiency improvements.

·         IT skills specifically in Excel and office.

·         Experience of working with KPI’s and using formal problem-solving methodology.

·         A self-motivated individual who can work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Extra info: -

·         Office based role, with supplier visits as required to the UK and Europe.

·         CIPS Qualified or equivalent professional qualification/experience

·         A full driving licence.

·         Normal working hours are 8.00-17.00 Monday to Friday (working additional hours as necessary during peak times).

·         Salary dependant on experience

·         23 days holiday plus bank holidays.

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