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Reporting to – Manager, Purchasing and Supply Chain
The Purchasing and Supply Chain department is responsible for the procurement of goods/services for Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd and the recently acquired Leyland Technical Centre in Lancashire. Working with the Manager, Purchasing and Supply Chain and the broader team, the role involves sourcing a broad spectrum of items as effectively as possible, whilst ensuring technical, quality, project lead-times; commercial risk mitigation and competitive factors are achieved. This focus will ensure that real value is provided to the organisation, whilst allowing it to meet its operational needs.
Having become an independent organisation in late 2013, Millbrook has and continues to follow a significant Capital Expenditure programme. This has accelerated with Spectris taking ownership of Millbrook in September 2016, and brings wide-ranging procurement opportunities relative to the often limited commodity purchasing specialisation that candidates may expect to see in other organisations.
The Apprentice Buyer will primarily be working to assist and learn all aspects of procurement best practices in a fast paced environment. Key areas of focus will include Capital Expense (Capex) projects, specialist vehicle conversions components sourcing and Operational Expense (Opex) in support of the entire organisation.
A high level of responsibility relative to the role will be given requiring the ability to multi-task and achieve tough deadlines. There will be a high degree of interaction with internal stakeholders and suppliers; therefore being able to communicate effectively will be an important part of the role.
The Apprentice Buyer (with the appropriate training and development) will support in all aspects of Purchasing including:
There will also be a requirement for analytical support, preparing and supporting with key metrics to drive overall operational performance.
The candidate will benefit from a measured training and development plan to support with the understanding of Purchasing processes with particular focus on competitive tendering, analytical support and negotiation practices. There will be extensive use of specific computer software and a variety of communication tools. The experience should also give valuable insights into behaviours and practices of a Medium to Large sized Enterprise as well as a detailed and interesting introduction to the Motor Industry.
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