Senior Buyer

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Salary: Negotiable
Recruiter: Michael Page
Job Ref: 15982
Summary: Based in the North of Johannesburg Press Plant Experience Essential



Job Description

About Our Client

Our Client is a Global Automotive OEM. They have contracted Michael Page to partner with them during this critical time of exciting expansion initiatives within South Africa. They have established themselves as a leader in the industry with over 100,000 employees globally. This internationally known Group has well-established and market leading products.

Job Description

The Senior Buyer will be responsible but limited to the following roles and responsibilities

Purchasing original parts

  • Supplier and component materials sourcing within Global Policies
  • Negotiations on quality, delivery, cost
  • Analysis and feasibility studies
  • Managing the business/supplier relationship by means of supplier support
  • Negotiations with Suppliers aimed at reducing costs
  • Handling price changes and Engineering changes
  • Purchase of safety equipment
  • Cost reduction & Localisation
  • Review and report monthly on the cost target achievement
  • Assist suppliers in obtaining license & technical agreements
  • Communicate and develop target costs
  • Compile and maintain a library of suppliers
  • Negotiation with Suppliers
  • Facilitate implementation of legal supplier contracts


  • Specification analysis
  • Manufacturing process analysis
  • Cost breakdown analysis
  • Review and report monthly on the cost targets
  • Achievement to Manager & Senior Management
  • Research and confirmation Market conditions
  • Cost reduction / Cost Management

Commodity consolidation - manage competitiveness, suppliers and price contracts

  • Manage market related cost pressure & fluctuation (inflation, material increases, forex flux etc
  • Price Negotiations, manage associated risk
  • Re-sourcing
  • Price Analysis
  • Quality management
  • Risk management & Delivery management
  • Review and report monthly on the cost target achievement

Localization & Benchmarking

  • Have awareness of commodity and industry cost drivers to ensure global competitiveness and maximum local model development and sourcing

Supplier Management

  • Supplier research; evaluation; performance management

The Successful Applicant

The successful Senior Buyer will be a South African citizen with strong qualifications and come from a manufacturing environment specialising in component and tooling and purchasing with an ability to read technical drawings.

The incumbent must possess strong negotiation skills coupled with sound financial acumen and commitment to deliver under highly pressurised environments and must be proficient in WCM environments.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Manufacturing Industry experience
  • Technical Experience
  • Automotive Industry experience
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of the inter-dependency of QCD (QCDDM)
  • Financial / Purchasing procedures
  • Technical experience critical
  • SAP exposure
  • Strong negotiator

What's on Offer

This is an opportunity to join a global organisation with opportunities to advance within this market leader. A competitive remuneration package with associated/industry related benefits.

Kerry Morris
Quote job ref: 15982


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