Senior Buyer (Project Management Lead)

Job Title: Senior Buyer (Project Management Lead)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Salary: £28 - £31 per hour + D.O.E.
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 1706-12_1496757693
Contact Name: David Gillard
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 06, 2017 15:01

Job Description

Sitec are recruiting a Senior Buyer (Project Management Lead) for a Purchasing role. This is a contract position based at our clients site, Perkins Engines in Peterborough. For 80 years Perkins has led the field in the design and manufacture of high-performance gas and diesel engine.

This is a contract role for an estimated 10 months but with a possibility of ongoing funding into 2019. The Pay rate per hour will be a maximum of £31 per hour Ltd (or the equivalent PAYE rate).

Highly desirable that the succesful candidate will have an engineering / manufacturing background, project management experience would be useful but not essential. The role will be active within supply chain including planning, supplier phase in and supplier phase out.

The position will be the leader and key communicator for various Collaborative Product and Process Development teams to interface with Suppliers and Procurement to ensure early supplier collaboration on design for manufacturability, assembly and costs as well as adherence to APQP guidelines. The Position leads Cost Modeling activities that support the setting of Target Costs and managing product cost to achieve target while optimizing value. Additional functional responsibilities include: supplier selection at a part- number level aligned to category strategies, supplier tooling validation & management, design for X elements & provide PFEP requirements to deliver on engineered value chains.

Product cost of sales: Direct material, labor & labor overhead costs: $10,000,000
# of parts per Program Up to 50
# of Supplier Locations Up to 20

This position has no direct reports.

A focus of this position is the development of detailed component cost models and high level cost estimates in both the NPI and Current product arena. Also provide cost reports as necessary to support the assigned project and programs.

This role is accountable to meet product cost, quality and time targets in the product- life cycle including NPI through supplier collaboration at a part number level for their respective components, systems and/or categories (specify total cost management to include Ex- works, packaging & logistics).

The position will lead a cross functional team in trade off discussions to balance performance, quality, velocity, and cost that provides work direction to Cost Modelers to develop detail process based cost models. Responsible to lead cross-functional teams (employees from quality, service, design, manufacturing, etc).

Lead the team through identifying cost opportunities and ultimately leading the team to meet their individual area requirements within the cost targets. Leading these discussions and projects will be difficult in nature due to the multiple "trade offs" (negotiations / compromises) each area will need to make to achieve the quality and cost goals. Completed cost models and expert guidance will be used to identify cost reduction opportunities for subsequent delivery through the Strategic Cost Management, Purchase or NPI teams in the form of negotiation, resource or design change.

Srong analytical skills and ability to influence others when there is conflict in processes, objectives, or solutions. Ability to see issues and forecast future costs so that costs are stable and predictable. Identify and set current and future cost targets

Proactive effective management of product cost. Through these cost model projects, the organization will begin to have confidence in costs. Identifies part opportunities and leads internal and external cross functional groups through cost opportunity discussions while maintaining a balance with performance, quality, and cost. The creation of the model will require the use of dedicated software and the application of existing manufacturing, engineering and product knowledge supplemented by research into appropriate manufacturing methods as required.

Identifies needs on each project and makes team member recommendation. Development of working relationships, teamwork and project management across departmental boundaries (engineering, purchase, logistics, product management etc) is essential to ensure effective collaboration and saving delivery.

The position provides leadership and is the key communicator for Collaborative Product and Process

The incumbent directs teams to interface with Suppliers and Purchasing to ensure early collaboration on design for Manufacturability, Assembly and Cost, as well as, adherence to APQP guidelines.

The development, analysis, and documentation of cost information for new product development, design and cost improvement, maintenance, make versus buy, and other special projects. Establishes Target Costs and manages product cost to target. Provides leadership that ensures trade off discussions early in the design process to balance performance, quality, velocity and cost with focus on optimizing value.

The position also assigns and reviews the day-to-day work of other employees.

Individuals working in this role will be deemed manufacturing, process and cost experts by other areas of the business and will be called upon to provide 'cost' expertise as the norm.

The role will need to travel extensively; at least one full week each month.

Requires a bachelor degree in an accredited Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science plus 5-9 years of experience or a Masters degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science.

Good level of knowledge of a specific manufacturing process or engineering discipline, or maintenance process, as applicable, is required. Strong technical background, a minimum of 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment. Excellent interpersonal skills dealing with sensitive issues.

This vacancy is being advertised by Sitec.