Materials Buyer

Location: Dudley, West Midlands, England
Salary: £35k - 40k per year
Contact: Debbie Gough
Call: Debbie
Reference: Materials Dudley
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Materials Buyer

Dudley DY5

£35000 - £40000

The Materials Buyer will be responsible to ensure cost-effective continuity of supply of non-ferrous materials. In order to achieve this you will be proficient in Inventory Management techniques and be able to analyse data to establish the optimum stock profile at both sites. Similarly you will have a good working knowledge and experience of the various contract types that can be used to manage the ordering process from discrete one-off orders to extend call offs with Steel Mills 

Inventory Management

  • Responsible for maintaining and improving cost-effective inventory levels managing the tension between ensuring continuity of supply against stock holding costs 
  • Be aware of, and apply, a wide range of inventory management techniques to ensure cost effective continuity of supply
  • Investigate and root cause, as appropriate, any stock outs updating the inventory controls accordingly 
  • Responsible for the identification and cost-effective disposal of obsolete and slow-moving inventory 
  • Develop and report on an appropriate set of KPIs for all aspects of Inventory Management on materials purchased 


  • Use the appropriate ordering method that maximises flexibility whilst minimising the transactional, non-value adding activities, that add costs. 
  • Contribute to, or lead, negotiations with the Steel Mills and Stockholders
  • Gain an understanding of price drivers in the external environment supported by a network of reliable sources of information to provide senior management an insight into anticipated material costs 
  • Improve the efficiency of the transactional elements of the role through new methods of engaging with the supplier whether that’s through process, systems or relationship development
  • Develop and implement a series of discrete purchasing strategies that have a clear and timely set of deliverables for the portfolio of products and materials 
  • Promote and maintain the company as a preferred customer to all suppliers 
  • Review any system / sales generated requisitions and validate based on on-going requirements



  • Promote the ethos of Purchasing being a service department, seeking to meet and exceed customer expectations 
  • Process RFQs for internal customers 
  • Effectively manage any rejected materials liaising with suppliers to ensure the timely delivery of replacements are achieved and that all associated costs are recovered
  • Ensure the timely resolution of invoice discrepancies 
  • Evaluate supplier delivery performance and manage accordingly


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Purchasing ideally gained withing a metals background
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of inventory management
  • CIPS qualified or studying towards