Whether a company operates in the medical, manufacturing, construction, education or defence sector - or another industry - it is essential to find the right supplier for the goods and services that the business uses. That's why Buyers are so important to commercial success.
Of course the role of a Buyer isn't just to make the necessary purchases. The job will also require careful research and negotiation to ensure that projects are finished on time, under budget and to the quality standards you require.
Depending on the role and employer, a Buyer may also be responsible for monitoring existing suppliers - in terms of cost, performance and reliability - keeping track of inventory levels and chasing up deliveries as appropriate.
The skills required
As a member of the procurement team, a Buyer should have a strong understanding of how to choose the best supplier for each project. Good numerical and analytical skills are essential and you must be able to negotiate prices and contracts confidently.
Buyers should also have good communication skills and be able to build strong relationships with suppliers.
Working within a global market, it is likely that the suppliers you deal with will be based in other locations like European or Asian countries, so an appreciation of cultural differences and an ability to communicate in foreign languages can be extremely beneficial.
In some cases, the job may also involve a significant amount of travel - to meet the suppliers in person and see the products before entering a contract.
Buyer Jobs in Huddersfield
Located in West Yorkshire in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees, Huddersfield is a large town that sits approximately halfway between Leeds and Manchester.
Since Saxon times, Huddersfield has been a market town and it has also long been known for its manufacturing capabilities. Textiles and woven items were some of the town's main produce for hundreds of years, while agricultural goods and milling were also vital for its economy through to the 18th century.
Huddersfield was a major player during the Industrial Revolution and its success during this time can still be seen in the beautiful Victorian architecture dotted around the town - particularly the Grade I listed railway station.
These days, Huddersfield is still largely a manufacturing town with lots of opportunity for those seeking Buyer positions. The region is home to various large-scale textile companies like C & J Antich and Huddersfield Fine Worsteds. The latter supplies to top-name fashion houses like Prada, Armani, Givenchy and Chanel.
Of course, the region's scope for production has been broadened and other companies are mainly based in the chemicals and engineering markets. Cummins Turbo Technologies manufactures turbochargers, while Syngenta AG is known for crop protection chemicals. There's also Trojan Plastics, which produces stylish baths.
In addition, Poundstretcher operates its headquarters in nearby Deighton and Andrew Jones Pies is in Huddersfield.
Find Buyer vacancies with Cast UK
Here at Cast UK, our team of recruitment experts specialise in helping fill vacancies in supply chain management, logistics and procurement.
Each of our consultants has worked in these industries themselves, and they have a strong understanding of what makes the best candidate for each position. In addition, we endeavour to get to know you on an individual level, ensuring we understand your personality and long-term objectives, as well as your unique skills and abilities.
Cast UK works with clients and candidates in locations across the country to match the best talent to every role. To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Buyer for your business or find you a job as a Buyer then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.Contact us