Plant Buyer

Knauf Insulation is seeking a Plant Buyer based at our Cwmbran site.

The Plant Buyer will provide a comprehensive, best value procurement service to KI client functions at the Cwmbran Plant. To build and maintain strong relationships across the wider business and with external parties, and to ensure procurement procedures are followed and maintained at Cwmbran Plant

Main Accountabilities:

  • Autonomously lead all procurement activity at Cwmbran (CWM) plant with support when required
  • As part of the Plant Management Team - challenge, engage and receive / provide constructive feedback
  • Communicate and embed the correct Purchasing Processes at the plant
  • To offer innovative and experiential input towards increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Purchasing processes
  • Engage and play an active role in Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives at plant, function and company level
  • Contribution to purchase specification process and lead commercial aspects including contractual elements and performance levels
  • Strategic and tactical purchasing as required
  • Processing purchase requisitions and managing queries from internal stakeholders
  • Appraisal of existing and candidate key supplier capabilities in line with the company audit process
  • Managing tender process including preparation / issue of requests for quotes and appraisal of supplier offers
  • Supplier negotiations
  • Analysis of purchasing data to inform decision making and support proposals
  • Preparation, issue and maintenance of purchase orders
  • Progressing and expediting purchase orders to ensure delivery OTIF (on time, in full)
  • Accountable for levels and availability of packaging supplies and other raw materials at the plant
  • SAP stock level amendments and PI entries
  • Forecasting
  • Weekly ABC analysis of stock (e.g. packaging)
  • Monitor and maintain functional key performance indicators
  • Preparation of weekly, monthly and ad hoc reports
  • Contribute to planning and implementation of KINE purchasing strategies
  • Creation and maintenance of various SAP records
  • Arrange and attend plant and off-site meetings
  • Actively engage with and work alongside the Northern Europe Purchasing Team – UK based
  • Actively engage with and work alongside the Central Procurement team – based in Belgium


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