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Technical Buyer

General Summary:

Reports to the European Programme Manager.  Proactively ensures best practices are adopted and followed at all times. Ensures the timely delivery of quality parts within budget.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follow and implement purchasing guidelines, policies and procedures, continually challenging cost, quality and lead time.
  • Oversee our external partners to ensure a level of service is in line with contract expectations.
  • Responsible for the project management of vendor supplied projects.
  • Experience to foresee potential quality and delivery risks, with the knowledge to implement corrective actions.
  • Must be able to efficiently expedite existing purchase orders with a focus on minimizing late vendor deliveries whilst ensuring open order reports are accurate.
  • Engineering skills to be able to create a detailed manufacturing routing and expected cost directly from a drawing.
  • Confidence to feedback to engineering any changes which could reduce the cost and/or improve the quality of supply without negatively effecting the engineering function of the part.
  • Skills to audit a vendors capability, capacity and sustainability and the mindset to look outside the existing motor sport community for the best solution.
  • Ability to offer multiple supply options and select the optimum solution per situation.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with parts vendors to obtain and purchase parts.
  • Responsible for invoice queries and liaising with the finance department to ensure resolution.
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment and products.
  • Works directly and indirectly with all levels of management in the competition, shop and administrative departments.
  • Follows and enforces safety program in all venues.
  •  Assumes any responsibilities delegated by the European Programme Manager.

Education and Work Experience:

High School education or  equivalent required.   Typically requires 5  years of  procurement or  parts department experience, with an emphasis on overseeing inventory and ordering parts. Experience in the motor sports industry would be advantageous. Experience in an international/global environment desired.

Equipment and Applications:

Computer, Microsoft suite of office products, Microsoft AX software, forklift, two-tier cart, pallet jack, hand truck, basic hand tools, dial calipers, general office equipment.

 

Work Environment Physical Demands:

An ability to work and prioritize within a high pressure, time sensitive environment while retaining a methodical approach is essential. The role requires extensive worldwide travel and a willingness to work long and flexible hours including weekends.

This position may require lifting up to 50 pounds, repeated bending, squatting and manual dexterity. Fast - paced work environment requiring heavy mental demands.  Work environment includes race cars, 7-post and other rigs, grinding debris, and hazardous fluids.

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

Proficient computer skills.  Strong knowledge of parts, including parts vendors, part functions, and part numbers.   Strong organizational and time management skills.   Proven connections in the racing community with good rapport established with parts personnel of other race teams.  Strong written and oral communication, teamwork, negotiation and people skills.

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