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 0161 825 0825.
A part of the country known for the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lincolnshire Woods, Yorkshire and the Humber comprises a number of cities and large towns - like Bradford, Kingston upon Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster and Halifax - that offer many opportunities for those seeking Strategic Buyer positions.
The region has long been an important part of the British economy, particularly in terms of industrial capability and scientific innovation.
During the 18th century, Benjamin Huntsman pioneered a new technique for crucible steel. This paved the way for Sheffield to become a major player in the steelworks industry for the next 200 years. Stainless steel was also invented in the region in 1913.
These days, Yorkshire and the Humber is home to a number of large companies, such as Tata Steel Europe, Reckitt Benckiser, Ideal Standard and BAE Systems.
Yorkshire has a rich brewing heritage and is home to some big names such as Thwaites, John Smith’s, and Timothy Taylor, as well as being the home of two market leading tea brands, Tetley and Yorkshire. Yorkshire is also the home of Haribo, and the well-known Roundtree Factory. .
A number of financial services companies also have offices here, particularly in Leeds. These include Direct Line, First Direct and an HSBC call centre, as well as Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds Building Society and Bradford & Bingley.
The head offices for ASDA, Morrisons, Arla Foods UK and Clipper Logistics are also in the area.
As recruitment consultants for the procurement, logistics and supply chain sector, the experts at Cast UK are committed to understanding the requirements of each role and finding the best talent for every position.
If you're looking for a new Strategic Buyer job in Yorkshire and the Humber, get in touch today. We'll be happy to provide the advice you need to take the next step in your career.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Yorkshire and the Humber or source a new job in Yorkshire and the Humber then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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