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Senior Buyer

Plymouth (England), United Kingdom
Schneider Electric
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Job Description

Senior Buyer – Plymouth

About us:

Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On.

Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency.

We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

The Residential Controls business within the Schneider Electric group is a global provider of devices used to control heating, hot water, humidity and cooling in domestic and small commercial installations and is expanding into the world of Smart Products. The business is investing heavily in new product design, market expansion and further development of existing markets. In particular, it is creating an exciting new range of Internet and cloud-connected smart products to exploit the opportunities provided by the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Location – You will be working in our site in Plymouth 2/3 days a week and the other days from home.

Your mission:

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager this site-based position will be have three main elements to the role.

1.Responsible for achieving material productivity targets

2.Support R&D team in sourcing direct material for NPI (New Product Introduction)

3.Manage NPP spend for the site for a number of key supply portfolios

Your main responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities for material cost savings

  • Collect and coordinate ideas for material cost savings from other departments and functions

  • Coordinate activities, projects and actions of others across all operational and functional departments to deliver material cost savings. 

  • Develop annual material productivity plans and targets with input from operational and support functions

  • Ensure resources are available to support plans

  • Manage action plans for material / component transfers across sites / suppliers

  • Coordinate and support in a range of operations projects requiring R&D input include attendance at prioritization meetings

  • Issuance of monthly reporting on material productivity

  • Develop year end forecasts.

  • Conduct regular, scheduled supplier reviews as determined by A, B, C categorization of supplier

  • Provide assistance in identification of suppliers and material to support the NPI product road map.

  • Negotiate where applicable the costs of direct material for NPI and ensure parts are set up on PLEX the ERP system prior to transfer of management to the purchasing team.

  • Assist in the estimation of costing of NPI by providing best prices for direct material

  • Assist in project management of NPI where applicable

  • Monitor EoL (End of Life) status for electronic components and provide replacement identification as and when required

  • Manage indirect spend within the Plymouth site, support all departments to ensure compliance with process and requirements

  • Maintain the contracts database to deliver best value and service for site

  • Manage the negotiation of prices for specific supply portfolios, including PCBa, incorporating cost downs from no.1 above

  • Support the purchase of PCBa for the site by assisting the planners as and when required and providing assistance in the event of component shortages

About you:

  • You are a self-starter, capable of managing your own time and priorities but also able to work well in a tight knit team.

  • Coming from the manufacturing industry you will have at least 5 years of buying experience

  • Your experience of the procurement of electronic components and assemblies is beneficial.

  • You must have outstanding communication and negotiation skills

  • You are a skilled user of the Microsoft suite of tools, Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Familiarity with raising capital requests is a bonus

  • Attention to detail is a requirement


What we offer:

You can look forward to growing your career in a dynamic workplace with significant personal responsibility and flexible working models to ensure the right work/life balance.

A dynamic and personal atmosphere, working across teams

A company culture that encourages performance and cooperation

An attractive compensation package including the comprehensive fringe benefits expected of an international company

We are an employer that is characterized by both the appreciation and equal opportunities of our employees, a recipe for generating success.


Every day, we empower employees to achieve more and experience exciting careers. Find out how our values and unique position make Schneider Electric the employer of choice – apply online today!

Diversity is our heritage and our future. Be a part of it.

At Schneider Electric, Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of our organisation, it's an integral part of our history, culture and identity.  We recognise that embracing diversity unlocks innovation and creativity and fosters collaboration. We want our employees to reflect the diversity of our communities and the customers we serve. As a result, our teams are stronger to drive the company's future.



Schedule: Full-time
Req: 006FJE
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