Job Information
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Work Hours:
4.5 day working week
Base Salary:
£30K - £36K Depending on Experience 25 days Holidays plus bank holidays, healthcare cash plan
Hiring Organisation:
Combe St Nicholas,, Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA20 3NL
How to apply:
Email with your CV [email protected]

Job Description

As a Technical Buyer you will work closely with engineering and Operations to ensure materials and parts are correctly sourced in line with technical specifications.

CME is a dynamic, progressive, privately owned company with customers all over the world. Our success is as much about our people as it is about our products and services, and we value them for the role they play in our ongoing success.

To support both new markets growth strategy and existing product, we are looking to recruit a Technical Buyer into our existing team. You will experience working within supportive teams on exciting projects within the Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, FMCG, Tobacco and Cannabis sectors. With huge variety in your role, you will have full responsibility for defined categories covering planning and procurement aspects.

We are seeking people to join us who have a passion for results and a strong determination to succeed. You will be a driven, forward thinking, structured individual, keen to bring your procurement experience into a growing, innovative organisation.

You will thrive working in a team environment, making an impact on a daily basis to the success of the business.

We are an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. We encourage consideration of flexible ways of working, both formal and informal arrangements that allow for the best outcomes for our people, our business, and our clients. If this opportunity is of interest to you with some flexibilities, please do discuss with us.

Personal Specification


Within our Procurement team, we focus on providing a high-quality service ensuring that products are planned and purchased in an efficient, cost-effective manner meeting business quality and delivery requirements.  As a Technical Buyer, you will.

  • Work closely with engineering and Operations to ensure materials and parts are correctly sourced in line with technical specifications.
  • Prepare material enquiries based on Technical BOM and distribute to approved suppliers.
  • Compile and analyse quotations from global suppliers ensuring necessary requirements on price, lead time and quality are met.
  • Resolution of Technical queries; liaison with relevant departments and timely response to suppliers.
  • Negotiate and commit purchase orders aligned to CME’s schedule requirements.
  • Negotiate and implement partnership agreements with CME Premier and Preferred suppliers.
  • Proactive liaison with other departments regarding production, forecasting and demand.
  • Develop and maintain proactive working relationships with supply base.
  • Update and communicate latest lead-time situation for responsible Categories.
  • Identification and implementation of cost saving and working capital initiatives.
  • Identify, qualify and implement new and secondary sources of supply or alternative product ranges thus mitigating supply risk.
  • Provide quotations in furtherance of spares revenue stream enquiries.
  • Hold review meetings with key suppliers to discuss delivery / quality performance and ensure that improvement plans and non-conformances are closed in the required time frame.
  • Support Supplier compliance by liaising with the Quality Team to evaluate & monitor suppliers.

Experience Requirements

  • Relevant procurement experience within a technical engineering environment
  • Experience in negotiations, both ad-hoc and strategic
  • Experience with sourcing side of New Product Introduction, Outsourcing, Obsolescence and Continuous Improvement Projects
  • Understanding of technical information and experience in the purchase of engineering products
  • Understanding of regional/international manufacturing standards.
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Experienced in developing partnerships with suppliers.
  • Demonstrable ability to drive cost down and improve commercial conditions with suppliers.
  • Willingness to travel if required (estimate 5%)

Desired Skills

  • Good IT skills in Word and Excel.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • MCIPS qualified - Desirable.