Strategic Buyer

An industry-leading high-tech manufacturing company with a global foothold is looking to recruit a Strategic Buyer.

Procurement Heads’ Industrial practice is currently working alongside an industry-leading manufacturer, recruiting a Strategic Buyer to join its dynamic and collaborative procurement team.

This is a 12-month fixed-term contract that has arisen due to maternity leave.

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, you will be responsible for managing a spend of £15-20m across mechanical, CAPEX and indirect material (but this may change over time).

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone coming from a manufacturing or complex procurement background, and looking to join a fast-paced high-performing team which encourages collaboration.

As Strategic Buyer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing effective commodity strategies that align with corporate and operational objectives
  • Developing and negotiate supply agreements with key suppliers and then monitor adherence
  • Managing the RFQ/tender process and develop objective supplier selection methods
  • Negotiating costs, identify and continuously deliver cost-reduction programmes
  • Supporting new product development and introduction
  • Effectively managing key supplier relationships (SRM)
  • Improving supplier performance through KPI’s

Key experience:

  • Procurement professional with 3-5 years of commercial experience ideally in a strategic commodity management setting
  • Experience with mechanical, CAPEX and indirect material would be preferred but is not essential
  • Experience working in the technology sector and a complex manufacturing environment across multiple locations
  • Experience in managing supplier contract negotiations
  • Demonstrable delivery of cost-reduction programmes
  • Effective deployment of commodity strategies


  • Degree qualified in either a technical or business discipline  
  • CIPS preferred but not essential

Benefits of the Strategic Buyer role include:

  • £55-60,000
  • Flexible working
  • Pension contribution