• Technical Buyer

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(30/04/2018 10:26)
    Job ID
    United Kingdom
    Seniority Level
    Job Function
    Materials: Purchasing & Planning
    Permanent Full-Time
    Estimated Travel Required
    20 - 50%
  • Company Overview

    Come and work with us the “TT Way” which means we do the right thing, bring out the best in each other, achieve more together, champion expertise and get the job done…well! With approximately 4100 colleagues we operate from 21 locations around the world. Building the expertise of our people is critical to the future success of our organisation.


    TT Electronics is a global provider of engineered electronics. We collaborate with customers in the transportation, industrial, medical, and aerospace and defence markets, providing them with engineering expertise and support through a global network of specialists and world class facilities. As a responsible employer we encourage all our people to “give something back” by supporting the local communities in which we operate.


    This role is based at Aero Stanrew, our Barnstaple location; part of the Power Electronics division where we employ approximately 250 employees and specialise in the manufacture of wound components, printed-circuit board assemblies, cabinet wiring and electronic test equipment for the civil aircraft, space, and defence industries.


    As well as adopting a great working atmosphere, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of employee benefits including: an active Social Club, Birthday brunch in the month of your birthday, contributory pension scheme, free on-site parking, discounted Gym membership, cycle to work scheme, company share-save scheme (eligible after a qualifying period), shorter working hours on Fridays and complimentary fruit and hot drinks for all of our employees to name but a few.

    Role Overview and Responsibilities


    Reporting to Supply Chain Director, no direct reports

    • Sourcing of mechanical and electronic components, sub contract parts, assemblies and printed circuit boards
    • Delivery of VA/VE solutions generated through supplier collaboration
    • Interface with Engineering to ensure support to new product introduction (NPI)
    • Management of the strategic sourcing process by commodity for Aero Stanrew
    • Development & improvement of commodity performance through analysis and supplier selection
    • Work with the purchasing & legal departments to facilitate implementation of supplier agreements that will drive total cost & inventory reduction strategies
    • Management of supplier contract compliance
    • Ensure excellent customer quality and delivery service levels while driving improved supplier performance
    • Forecasting price trends and their impact on future activities 

    Key Responsibilities

    • Purchasing for specific projects and responding to engineering change requirements, and ordering the required components in line with engineering releases and required timescales
    • Identify suitable suppliers and monitor their performance and competitiveness, negotiate the price of technical products ensuring the best acquisition cost
    • Initiate, supervise and track communication between R&D/NPI and suppliers
    • Interrogate systems and KPI’s to measure, control and improve company purchasing spends
    • Benchmark current supply base to prove cost/quality competitiveness
    • Implement cost down activities across all areas of organization including make or buy and non-production items
    • Develop commodity business activity plans in line with agreed targets on cost reduction, quality and delivery
    • Manage the rationalisation of supplier base and introduce supplier development programmes for key suppliers
    • Manage cost down and continuous improvement programmes in purchasing
    • Actively develop the use of tendering processes to locate and secure the best possible sources of supply
    • Ensure systems are in place to effectively manage established supplier contracts
    • Negotiate contracts with current/new supply base and issue blanket PO’s to successful vendors
    • Actively promote world class purchasing standards and techniques for the business with a focus on continuous improvement
    • Ensure compliance with TT Electronics Contracts & Procurement policies and procedures

    Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

    Core Requirements

    • CIPS qualification
    • Experience in purchasing mechanical and electronic components and assemblies

    • Have a strong understanding of technical drawings and bills of materials and possess a knowledge of precision manufacturing processes or equivalent degree in Business Studies, Electronics or Mechanical Engineering
    • Excellent negotiation skills with proven track record of cost reduction through use of appropriate strategic purchasing tools
    • Spreadsheet skills and proficient use of Microsoft Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and ERP systems experience required to support procurement decision making

    Desireable Skills and Experience

    • Experience in subcontract management
    • Ability to engage in basic contract negotiations and develop contracts in standard form; create basic project plans and manage source plan and implementation across functions and sites
    • Excellent communication skills required with the ability to communicate appropriately with all levels
    • Must have the ability to handle complex problems, make sound decisions and work independently under the pressure of a heavy workload with significant time restrictions
    • Confident in negotiating price / lead time balance in order to maximise value


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