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North East England

  • Reference: 385108
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £ Competitive + Excellent Benefits

  • Location: Gateshead / Remote Working

The Company

As one of the greatest successes in the building materials industry, having previously been known as Armstrong and now Zentia, our business is a true pioneer of ceiling and suspension systems with more than 150 years’ expertise in delivering acoustic ceiling solutions for building interiors. Our aim is to deliver complete ceiling solutions with unsurpassed levels of value, quality and reliability, redefining expectations and reinventing environments, to make every one of our customers’ projects a success.

As a recently carved out business, we now comprise two production plants in Team Valley, UK, one for mineral fibre tiles and one for grid, as well as sales teams in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the Baltic States. With a market share of about 50%, Zentia is a clear market leader in the UK. Moving forward, we will increasingly focus on our stronghold, the UK, where we take aim to develop into the 2nd half of the market. Another key strategic objective is to further strengthen our professional practices across all functions. This is, where this role comes into play

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Buyer to join Zentia.  Based from the Team Valley site, you will report into one of the procurement category managers and will source direct and indirect materials for manufacturing operations, operational services and general consumable items. You join a successful business at a time where you can play a key part in the development of procurement processes, achieve tangible savings through applying state-of-the-art methodologies and complete your skill set of strategic procurement to become equipped for independent category management.  

Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Support the Procurement Category Managers in achieving the objectives of the procurement function, through negotiation and/or value engineering projects in conjunction with internal stakeholders.
  • Management of designated suppliers’ day to day issues including price negotiation, continuity of supply, quality conformance, problem resolution and cyclic business reviews.
  • Optimisation of purchased items inventory levels ensuring availability to manufacturing teams using appropriate planning tools and systems.
  • Identify potential new suppliers within categories of responsibility that will support Quality, Cost or New Product Development. Identify capability and services according to business requirements; tender process, analysis and supplier selection. 
  •  Introduction of new suppliers, incorporating price negotiation, verification audits, specification development, quality assurance, capacity planning, logistics planning, qualification and approval, SLA’s, contract negotiation and implementation
  • Maintain (SAP) master data, including creation and maintenance of SAP contracts. 

Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years' procurement experience within a manufacturing or engineering industry and developed relationships across a variety of suppliers.
  • Degree educated and CIPS qualified or working towards this, have a proven track record of category / sub-category buying with good negotiation skills and ideally you will have experience dealing with Marketing services procurement
  • Proficient with MS office, particularly Excel and have experience of using MRP/ERP systems (SAP preferred).
  • Experience of leading year on year cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Hands-on experience with applying a a range of strategic procurement methodologies with a focus industrial goods, operational services and, possibly, recycled production materials
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills, proven in multiple real life situations
  • Highly professional, diligent approach; well organised with the ability to plan and prioritise workload while dealing with multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective team-worker and relationship builder – internally and externally
  • Continuous strive for improvement 

For further details of this excellent opportunity, please get in contact for a confidential discussion.

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