With a turnover in excess of €700M and over 20,000 employees in Europe, SEWS-E are a part of Sumitomo Electric group and the Sumitomo family of companies. This 400 year old brand is synonymous with quality and reliability. In today's automotive industry, SEWS-E products set the standard for excellence, while meeting and exceeding our customers' expectation of quality, delivery and cost.
Sumitomo are a multinational Global Organisation that are a highly respected brand within the automotive industry. They successfully rely on their reputation forgoing the need for a marketing function within the company. Impressive year on year growth coupled with their investment in people positions Sumitomo to be an employer of choice. A prime example being their current Purchasing Manager who joined Sumitomo 6 years ago looking for the next step in his career. He joined as a buyer initially, then both through business growth and personal success he progressed through to a Senior Buyer, and now to Purchasing Manager. This is a typical example of how Sumitomo look after their employees and recognise success whilst constantly wanting to develop people.
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe Ltd. design, manufacture, and supplies fuse boxes and electronics, wiring harnesses, and connectors for the global automotive markets. The company has a long heritage growing from the UK with additional offices in Belgium, Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Morocco, the Russian Federation, France, Egypt, and Germany. It has production facilities in Romania, Morocco, and Egypt.
They are looking for a Senior Buyer based in their headquarters in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The Senior Buyer role is a key part to the Purchasing function ensuring that the team's performance is optimised and expectations are met.
The key responsibilities for this Automotive Senior Buyer role will be;
Manage a small team of buyers and ensure that they are developed and assisted when necessary to make sound Purchasing decisions.
Manage and develop the supply base ensuring that the best possible terms are secured, including; cost, quality and timescales.
Implement processes and strategies to improve sourcing and effective negation.
Cover a global supply base over various automotive commodities and identify other potential suppliers where necessary to make sure that risks are minimised and overall improvements are made.
Be involved with key projects, liaising with key stakeholders including, sales, manufacturing etc. working together to maximise the delivery
Look at market trends and be commercially aware to act upon changes and opportunities that arise.
The Successful Applicant
The successful candidate will need to possess people management skills, drive process improvement and come from an automotive background. The candidate will be degree qualified and have demonstrated progression within their career with the want and desire to further their Purchasing capabilities. They will also need to be able to fit the culture of a business that is fast paced and invest in the employees that drive Sumitomo to be the successful business it is today.
The Successful candidate for this Senior Buyer role based in Newcastle-under-Lyme will be able to demonstrate the following;
Have a good understanding of the automotive industry and have experience within this industry operating in Purchasing.
Be able to effectively liaise key stakeholders, suppliers and customers to ensure that operation levels are maintained and expectations are met.
Implementation of procedures, compliance measures and any other necessary processes.
Thrive in what will inevitably be a demanding role, be able to juggle priorities use own initiative and problem solving skills to aid growth and ensure customer satisfaction.
Able to manage and develop others within Purchasing and will have had direct reports in previous roles and shown an ability to lead
What's on Offer
Competitive basic plus a Package consisting of: Pension-12% employer contribution on the basis of 3% employee contribution, annual bonus, 33 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays, flexible benefits, death in service benefit and a medical cash plan.