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Senior Buyer


Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Pe Office

Date Posted:

1st February 2024


Advanced Technology


Purchasing and Supply Chain

Job Type:




At Prodrive we believe there’s no limit to what can be achieved when the brightest minds come together. Joining one focused and driven team, you will challenge boundaries in order to change the game for our customers. Our Advanced Technology business is where we combine our pace and agility with free-thinking to deliver complex engineering solutions and specialist manufacturing programmes to the automotive, aerospace, marine, and defence sectors, accelerating the net zero journey for our customers.

We are looking for a Senior Buyer to work closely with engineers to purchase goods, materials, and services to ensure that the company’s operational needs are met. Whilst considering price, quality and delivery.

Key responsibilities.

  • Place purchase orders for components & services in line with requirements generated via the Prodrive MRP system and manual requirements generated via the relevant authorised supervisors/project release process.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate and supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on specific projects or business operations.
  • Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers.
  • Research & evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs wherever possible.
  • Negotiate all terms and conditions, in line with the Prodrive business operating procedures ensuring the best total acquisition costs are met.
  • Continually monitor suppliers to ensure cost, quality, and delivery adherence.
  • Assess tenders & quotations from potential suppliers.
  • Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers inline with organisational target and requirements.
  • Mentor & coach junior members of the purchasing team to assist in their development within the organisation.
  • Capable of presenting commercial information which enables sourcing decisions to be made, whilst identifying potential risks
  • Contact supplier to resolve price quality, delivery, or invoice issues.
  • Provide information and support as required to the Purchasing Team departmental managers and other internal customers, his will include but not be limited to delivery dates and pricing.
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships.
  • To play an active role in achieving departmental objectives such as cost reduction targets year on year, supplier reduction and improved stock management.
  • Ad-hoc duties as specified by the Purchasing Manager.
  • Ensure all relevant ISO9001 procedures are adhered to.
  • Maintain best working practices at all times in line with Prodrive BOP’s and Health & Safety policy guidelines.

Who are we looking for?

  • Good Understanding & working knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge & understanding of purchasing processes within a manufacturing environment.
  • Computer literate with use of the MS Office suite
  • Experience of using MRP/ERP manufacturing systems, and analysing data accordingly.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to interpret engineering drawings,
  • Need to be fully conversant with Microsoft Office suite, with the ability to create – understand – manipulate and format data from a variety of sources and present where applicable.

What can we offer you?

  • An attractive salary which will grow in line with your ongoing development and impact
  • 25 days holiday (which increases with long service) with an opportunity to purchase up to 15 extra days
  • Training opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Onsite subsidised staff restaurant
  • Car and pension salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cyclescheme
  • Exercise classes
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Consultations with our Fit 4 Life expert
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Exclusive company discounts
  • Life assurance

We are an equal opportunities employer.

At Prodrive we are committed to attracting and nurturing the best talent and creating an inclusive workplace. We value individual differences and diversity amongst all staff so that everyone has the widest opportunities to maximise their potential. We aim to ensure that no job applicant is placed at a disadvantage by practices or requirements which disproportionately impact protected groups and which are not justified by the demands of the job. If you feel you are right for this role, we welcome your application.

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