Commodity Buyer
Alexander Dennis Limited
United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow
5d ago

Location - Larbert

Competitive package + half day on Fridays

More than half of the buses that you see on the roads in the UK are made by Alexander Dennis. Globally, there’s over 25,000 people every minute, of every day using our products.

That’s a lot of responsibility we have for keeping the world moving.

At Alexander Dennis we design, engineer, build and support the widest range of market leading buses and coaches using low, ultra-low and zero emission technologies.

We have extensive experience in vehicle supply and support across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, with a near 50 : 50 revenue split between UK and international markets.

We are excited about the opportunities arising from the global push for lower pollution and better air quality. The UK Government as well as many others around the world have committed to aggressive but achievable decarbonisation agendas and at Alexander Dennis, we are ready to deliver the green buses needed to transition to cleaner transport.

Each year we spend several hundred million pounds with our suppliers on everything from nuts and bolts, through to engines, gearboxes, Electric Vehicle batteries and everything in-between.

The Procurement team are responsible for ensuring that we have effective strategies and capabilities in place to deliver value to Alexander Dennis and our customers.

We are looking for a highly commercially minded Commodity Buyer to join the established team in Larbert . In position, your number one priority will be supplier quality and reliability, making sure that we contract and develop strong relations with the best suppliers.

Your role will be to make sure that the total cost of buying parts is as low as possible. This will be through a combination of the purchase price but also making sure the freight, duty, operations, and service costs are all taken into consideration to ensure we can be as cost-competitive as possible.

Larbert is less than a half hour drive from Glasgow up the M80.

Why join :

  • You’ll have an interesting and technically challenging workload from day one, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced and established team of experts in the UK and globally.
  • It’s a dynamic, fast paced environment where no two days are the same with daily challenges for you to overcome.
  • You’ll have full accountability for wide range of commodities assigned to you and we want you to bring with you new ideas and ways of working.
  • We don’t hire good people and then tell them what to do; accountability for success is up to you and you will have a supportive team around to help you navigate those early days.
  • We’ll support with coaching and development with the tools and techniques you will need to succeed, including progression towards Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply accreditation.
  • You’ll get to work cross functionally with colleagues around the world and influence up to executive level both internally and externally, with the ability to see the tangible results of your hard work.
  • As a business, we have a great track record of recognising talent. Alongside improving your core Procurement skills, you will also gain exposure to other parts of the business, in turn developing your future career prospects.
  • As part of the USD $2.9bn NFI Group, you can be assured that there will be plenty of opportunities made available to you.
  • This could be in the UK or any one of our global locations around the world, including Toronto, Hong Kong or Auckland.

  • On top of a competitive package, which includes progressive pay potential and pension, we also operate a half day on Fridays giving you that much needed work-life-balance.
  • The role :

  • With support and development as needed, you will have full accountability for the creation of commodity strategies to support business objectives;
  • including market intelligence, commodity price movements and general risk management.

  • You will manage a portfolio of existing suppliers and will be accountable for performance and continuous improvement including quality, cost, lead-time reduction, delivery, working capital benefits, utilising supplier scorecards as required.
  • You will be expected to meet an annual Value Improvement target with suppliers.
  • As required you will identify, introduce and develop new suppliers to improve quality, cost and delivery performance.
  • You will have full responsibility for the design, issue and collation of Request For Quote / Tenders, presenting to senior management supplier selection and award recommendations.
  • You will then be responsible for delivery of these, including negotiation with key suppliers and working with legal teams to finalise contracts.

  • An important part of your role will be to lead value improvement opportunities with colleagues in Engineering, Supply Chain and Logistics.
  • From this you will work with suppliers to find innovative solutions, materials and technologies to improve total quality and total cost.

    About you :

  • To be successful, you will have demonstrable experience in a similar role as defined in this advert, where you have had full end-to-end responsibility for a complex commodity on a global basis.
  • This includes sourcing, commercial negotiation and supplier management.

  • A professional qualification in Purchasing or Supply such as CIPS would be highly advantageous, however for the right person we can offer support towards this.
  • Ideally your work experience will be gained in the Automotive industry, however we would also welcome those from other similarly complex engineering or manufacturing environments.
  • Familiarity with Total Cost of Ownership operating models would be a distinct advantage and you should have a good working knowledge of materials MRP / ERP systems.
  • Due to the nature of the role, it is essential that you have excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills, being able to influence and negotiate at all levels both internally and externally.
  • You will be motivated, adaptable and highly resourceful, being comfortable working in often ambiguous situations.
  • Strong project management discipline is required, with the ability to plan activities, meet assigned schedules and achieve planned objectives.
  • If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you. Alongside uploading your CV, it would be great if you could include a short covering letter detailing the four or so reason why you are suited to the role.

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