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Req ID:  596
Company:  DCC Vital - Williams Medical Supplies
Salary:  Not disclosed

Rhymney, GB, NP22 5PY

Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  24-Jul-2021

Job Description and Person Specification


Job Title:                      Buyer


Department:               Commercial


Reports to:                  Head of Supplier Relations                


Purpose of the Job:


To build and define the business core supplier engagement strategy in order to optimise and support the business Category / Trading plans.  To drive down base cost of goods and secure supplier revenue whilst underpinning strategic partner relationships by mitigating risk and securing ‘best in class’ terms through robust contract management



Main Duties/Responsibilities and Knowledge/Skills Requirements


  • Ownership & negotiation of product cost prices to continually ensuring lowest cost sourcing
  • Agree annually supplier revenue and monitor monthly performance versus FY budget
  • Development and implementation of business Buying Strategy
  • Matrix Management of Suppliers in line with Destination & P1 Categories
  • Setting up of new suppliers in line with regulatory requirements of the business
  • Manage and negotiate contractual Framework, Exclusive Agreements and T&C’s with Key Supplier Partners across the business for Destination and P1 suppliers
  • Continually seek opportunities to reduce working capital
  • Review product sourcing to ensure quality of customer service and cost/margin control is a constant source of focus.
  • Management of total supply chain costs.
  • Identify & address supplier related performance issues and NCR performance
  • Support NPD projects by sourcing new/alternative product as required
  • Respond to ‘can we get’ customer queries
  • Setting and continuous review of departmental and individual objectives
  • Standardise payment terms with all UK suppliers to E35 and gain credit status with all overseas suppliers
  • Review causes of backorders and implement changes to prevent recurrence to promote supplier OTIFWC
  • Maintain control of stock value whilst ensuring stock availability is maintained to achieve ATP and OTIF
  • Resolve all invoice price queries




  • Cost of Goods Reduction to FY Budget
  • Supplier Revenue Rebates to FY Budget
  • Marketing revenue to FY Budget
  • Supplier Performance


Resource Planning


  • Internal Team Meetings
  • Supplier meetings
  • Admin
  • Liaising with shippers
  • Expediting
  • ‘Can we get’ requests
  • Pricing
  • Project Work
  • Spot buys



Knowledge and Understanding Required


  • FMCG Commercial Environment
  • Healthcare Market
  • Supply chain management and related costs incurred within
  • Computer literate


Experience / Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Member of CIPS but not essential
  • Minimum 5 years in buying within a similar/retail environment
  • Effectively working to deadlines
  • Working to similar KPI’s




  • Excellent financial analysis capabilities
  • Strong formal process mapping skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to make decisions in a timely and appropriate manner whilst at the same time ensuring others follow similar principles.
  • Ability to challenge the status quo in order to achieve a culture dedicated to continuous improvement and best practice.
  • Ability to remain forceful when others become pessimistic and defeatist and provide satisfactory and acceptable outcomes in situations which involve the new and unexpected.
  • Ability to smooth relationships when difficult circumstances prevail and develop a culture of trust both within and outside the team.
  • Able to bring a sense of urgency to situations, demonstrate an active approach, be willing to get involved in order to increase the pace and achieve goals and objectives.
  • Be firm and persistent when expressing own views and provide thoughts and ideas to overcome problems once the situation has been properly debated.


The Person:


The person fulfilling this role should be inspirational, influential with an ability to communicate with others, work and execute responsibilities in a fast-paced dynamic FMCG environment. This job is likely to contain tasks that require individuality within challenging situations.  Taking direct and positive action with little or no precedent may also be a key factor.  The person in this role should take responsibility and feel free to act when making decisions that may not always be popular.  The position requires a person who is venturesome, assertive, forceful, self-reliant, self-confident, verbal, independent, unyielding and impatient both to get things done and to succeed.


Post-Holder Specific


This Post Holder has some duties and responsibilities in addition to those outlined above.  These are detailed below:


  • Travel to attend meetings within the UK and globally
  • Team Membership within companywide improvement projects



Health Safety and Environmental Awareness


Every employee is responsible for:


  • Understanding and Working in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Reporting defective equipment and dangerous situations
  • Using safety equipment provided
  • Avoiding horseplay which could result in injury
  • Complying with management requests and instructions
  • Not using defective equipment
  • Not misusing equipment
  • Not damaging equipment
  • Exercising reasonable care towards themselves and others
  • Ensuring they have been given the relevant training to undertake their role
  • The quality of work which they undertake
  • Care for the environment and prevention of pollution
  • The health and safety of themselves, fellow employees, contractors, visitors etc


DCC Vital operates quality and EHS management systems across all sites and staff agree to comply within the requirements relevant to their role