SENIOR BUYER – DefenceUK – Ampthill, Bedfordshire£33,000 – £36,000 depending on experienceIf you would like to join a renowned, sought after and forward thinking company at the forefront of Defence then look no further. We have an opportunity which has opened for a skilled Senior Buyer to join an established procurement team in order to add fresh new strategic input and industry knowledge. You will be responsible for the best-value sourcing of machinery, equipment, tools, raw materials, COTS/MOTS parts, build to print parts and services necessary to the particular defence programme. This is a project oriented role in both development and production environments. The role will be responsible for managing the sourcing activities to meet the program need dates, in addition to challenging cost and quality requirements. Strong time management and planning skills will be essential.If you have defence sector experience this will be a perfect fit for you. You will get the chance to be part of high cost programmes; buying for next generation military platform technology and hi-tech defence systems. So apply today if you have:Required Skills: * A strong understanding of commercial and procurement best practice * Knowledge of MRP systems and manufacturing environments * Strong commercial skills with the ability to analyse and negotiate best value agreements * Proven ability to manage complex commercial relationships * Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively manage stakeholders expectations at a variety of levels * Proven negotiation skills * Data literate with strong analytical skills * Highly motivated with a proven record of achieving cost saving targets/objectives. * Individual who thrives on a challenges and has experience working within a fast paced procurement/commercial function * Proficient in the use of MS Office applications * Understanding of other related disciplines/departments * Proven capability to develop ingenious and creative solutions to complex problems * Ability to work assignments without minimal appreciable direction * MCIPS or studying towards it. Desired Skills: * Experience in mechanical and electrical procurement * Experience in buying from engineering drawings * Qualifications in a business/scientific/technical discipline * Knowledge/experience of process improvement methodologies * Working knowledge of SAP systems, specifically with regard to procurement functionality * Working knowledge of programme management systems – to specifically include Earned Value and Integrated Master Schedule applications * Knowledge of strategic sourcing and advanced procurement techniques/tools.Each candidate will be required to attain full SC clearance prior to starting. If the above is fitting to you then send your most recent CV without hesitation directly or call 01923 225581 and speak to Suzanne Toms for more information.