Senior Buyer

Our client is looking for a Senior Buyer on a permanent basis, located in Aberdeen.
To carry out general purchasing duties in accordance with company procedures.

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Our client is looking for a Senior Buyer on a permanent basis, located in Aberdeen.


To carry out general purchasing duties in accordance with company procedures.


  • Work with various functions to specify, select and procure equipment/services in accordance with company procedure.
  • Maintenance and administration of fixed pricing schedules, maximising long term agreements and ensuring global requirements are considered and maintained.
  • Liaise with legal, insurance, tax, finance, health safety and environment, quality management departments as required to support contract management.
  • Understand and interpret technical data sufficient to prepare, issue, review and analyse "Request for Quotations”
  • Contact a range of suppliers to obtain quotations, agree delivery times and place commitment based on price, quality and according to customer demand, company policy and budget.
  • Working with the business segments to source alternative products and reviewing existing ones to ensure prices remain competitive with no compromise to quality.
  • Place orders in accordance with production control output, engineering specifications, drawings and other technical documentation.  Ensuring Purchase order/MSR management (Confirmation, Expedite, end user communication)
  • Proactive expediting of all placed orders / contracts.
  • Measure and report On-Time-Delivery and other important key metrics related to supplier management and deliveries.
  • Update hire/sub-contract invoiced against the relevant purchase order.
  • Delivering value and margin improvement through Supply Chain savings and performance improvement.
  • Maintain savings spreadsheet on weekly basis.
  • Update and correct outstanding purchase order commitments and related payables issues.
  • Managing the system generated GR/IR reports ensuring that they are kept up to date.
  • Ensure compliance with HSE&QA requirements internally as well as externally.
  • Participate in HSE Awareness – Observation Cards, HSE Safety Suggestions.
  • Pro-active with a solutions-based approach, willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Demonstrates initiative and ownership to deliver workload unsupervised while flexible to support wider team activities.
  • Committed to continuous improvement and identification of efficient work methods and processes.
  • Pro-active planning and organising skills, able to identify and effectively prioritise workload and successfully meet multiple, often competing deadlines.
  • Confident networking with an excellent ability to negotiate and influence.
  • Numeric, with the ability to work with detail and accuracy.
  • Support the effective reduction in cost of poor quality (COPQ) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) project within the procurement function.
  • Creation, ownership and monitoring of Supplier Non conformance reports.
  • Ability to work within an extremely busy department and cope with the pressure of meeting demanding targets and working to tight deadlines.
  • Participate in out of hours on-call rota.


  • Must have extensive experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in a Buyer role.   Must be CIPS Qualified or working towards qualification.
  • Extensive and practical knowledge of procurement functions, forms of contract and procedures.
  • Extensive and practical experience in the tendering and placing of sub-contracts and price agreements. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.  Confidence in compiling supplier visit reports beneficial.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Project Managers and Senior personnel within the organisation.
  • Ability to promote the supply chain strategy throughout the business in a positive manner.  
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have complete knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PeopleSoft, or other ERP system.                                              

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Able to work on own initiative and also part of a team
  • Competent in ERP Systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated

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