Materials Buyer

Materials Buyer Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Materials Buyer to join our team.


  • Negotiation;
  • Act to mitigate supplier cost increases, either through negotiation, delay of the increase or alternate supply;
  • Manage raw material stock at the factories and reduce dead stock;
  • Raise all purchase orders and call off orders and maintain dates in the ERP system;
  • Arrange shipments to required suppliers;
  • Negotiate the most competitive prices of raw material, components, assemblies and finished goods against required quality;
  • Undertake price negotiations with suppliers;
  • On continuous basis secure best prices and best suppliers via market scan (Globally);
  • Liaise with finance re supplier payments;
  • Conduct benchmarks on main fabrics/trims;
  • Monitor external market prices to check that supplier prices are in line with any market index changes;
  • Prepare management information which demonstrates improvements achieved on a quarterly basis;
  • Establish and maintain excellent relationships with the business suppliers;
  • Inform the organisation on a monthly basis on market prices of raw materials;
  • Manage price data on ERP solution.


  • Previous experience of working within manufacturing or FMCG environments;
  • Experience with tweaking and improving IT systems;
  • Track record of materials purchasing cost savings within a mechanical engineering business;
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience within the purchasing function.