Forward planning in procurement is hugely important, not least because there are so many factors that change as time goes by that are difficult to gauge with precision. Fluctuations in exchange rates and changes in import or export duties can affect companies, for example; or unusual weather patterns can scupper the best laid plans. There are other elements that are more predictable, however. Seasonal changes in supply certainly affect industries such as food and horticulture; and changes in demand, such as those created by summer holidays or Christmas are relatively more straightforward.
The strategic buyer will be in charge of creating a procurement profile over the long term, taking into account the known or expected changes but also allowing for variations that cannot be accurately predicted. Whether this will involve contingency planning or coming up with particular guarantees from suppliers will depend on the raw materials or other products being supplied, but the strategic buyer, looking at the big picture, should be able to maintain supply to his or her company unless something off the scale happens.
The strategic buyer could have a team of planners to help gather data, and there will necessarily be a good deal of contact with the suppliers to ensure supply through negotiation and contracting. As well as maintaining supply, the task will still be to keep costs to a minimum, just like any procurement role; however when long-term interests supersede short-terms ones, management will usually be wise to listen to the strategist.
Excellent planning and analysis abilities will be the mainstay of the strategic buyer. This is a role aimed at minimising shocks to the company’s system caused by unexpected lack of supply or price hikes. A thorough understanding of the sector in which the position is vacant, including the seasonality of its suppliers, will be essential for this role. A very good grasp of risk management and an ability to gauge when potential risk is too great to overlook will also be required.
Meeting with suppliers and potential suppliers and negotiating deals will be a big part of the job, so excellent communication and interpersonal skills will be required, as well as an ability to be persuasive when driving a bargain that is best for the client. Experience in procurement at a high level will be useful.
Whatever the season, Cast UK have jobs all over the UK, so we’re best placed to find you work in logistics, procurement or supply chain wherever you are. If you’re moving house, please see if there are any positions available in the area you’re moving to; and if you’re simply looking for more fulfilment in your working life, there could be an employer looking for the skills you have.
Cast UK was founded by logistics, procurement and supply chain specialists, and our consultants are all from these backgrounds too, so we have in-depth knowledge of what employers and candidates are looking for. Employers come to us to find candidates because they’re confident that we’ll help them find the most appropriate managers and executives.
When we have your details, we’ll be able to start matching you with positions as soon as they arise, so do get in touch if you’re looking for a job in procurement.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Strategic Buyer for your business or find you a job as a Strategic Buyer then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
One of the smallest counties in England, Rutland is bordered by Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, as well as the unitary authority, Peterborough.
With just two towns, Oakham and Uppingham, and villages including Ketton and Cottesmore, Rutland may be diminutive in size, but it offers a variety of opportunities for those seeking Strategic Buyer positions.
It's one of the least economically deprived areas in England and in 2007, it became the fourth county to be awarded Fairtrade Status.
The region has a long history and it first shows up in the record books in 1159. Uppingham School, one of the first public schools in the country, was founded in 1584 and over the years it has educated a number of well-known writers, innovators, historians, scientists, politicians, sportsmen and musicians.
Ketton stone is a type of limestone used in building and as an ingredient in cement. The Hanson Cement plant in Ketton produces more than 10 per cent of the UK's demand for the mixture.
In addition, Rutland Bitter is one of only three UK beers to have been given Protected Geographical Indication status. These days, the Grainstore Brewery is one of the few companies to manufacture the tasty beverage.
Whether you're looking for an opportunity to advance your career, or you want to expand your skills and qualifications with a Strategic Buyer role in a fresh environment, the team at Cast UK is here to help.
As recruitment specialists in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors, we work with clients and candidates to find the best talent for every vacancy. Our understanding of the available positions and the type of applicants employers require enables us to make the best matches possible.
In addition, our regional specialists can provide valuable insight into what it's like to live and work in a particular area.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Rutland or source a new job in Rutland then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
£30000.00 - £35000 per annum
Our client, a global manufacturing firm based in the Birmingham area, is looking to appoint a Quality Engineer to join their busy team.
£60000.00 - £72000 per annum + various benefits
Cast UK are thrilled to be working with a market leading British retailer to recruit a Senior Merchandiser to join their close-knit and friendly head office team based in South London.
Up to £30000.00 per annum
Based in Greenford, Cast UK's client are looking to strengthen its team with the recruitment of an experienced Warehouse Team Manager responsible for the warehouse team ensuring KPI are achieved and delivered to a high standard.
£90000.00 - £100000.00 per annum
egional Operations DirectorNorthamptonshire£90,000 - £100,000 + Benefits Role profileOur client, who are a leading Logistics business with multiple operations across the UK, is looking to recruit a Regional Operations Director.
£30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + Benefits
Our client, who is a growing Distribution business, are looking to recruit a Stock Controller for their expanding operation based in Stockport.
£30000 - £35000 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a thriving business in the Stockport area as a Buyer / Inventory Planner!This is an end to end procurement role for a growing SME which has won significant contracts with a number of high profile customers a...
£22000 - £25000 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a thriving business FMCG in the Manchester area as an Assistant Buyer.
£25000 - £28000 per annum
Our client, an FMCG business in Liverpool, is looking to appoint a Production Planner to join their existing supply chain team.