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National Accounts Buyer

Reference #: VAC10831
Location: Home Counties
Salary: £30000 - £35000
Sector: Packaging
Type: Permanent
Posted On: 14/06/2022
Contact: Clare Cook

Cloud 9 have received an exciting opportunity from a highly successful global packaging distribution company who are looking to appoint a National Accounts Buyer. 


The Role

Reporting to the Purchasing manager you will support the National Accounts team in the sourcing and co-ordinating of all products over a range of product groups. This role oversees all commercial aspects of customer propositions prioritising the ‘best fit’ solution with the support of key supply chain partners.


Key Responsibilities

  • New Product Enquiries (NPE’s) – generated by National Accounts Team
  • Strategic Sourcing in line with selected suppliers
  • Awareness of supplier agreements and Total Cost of Ownership
  • Commercial contracting and negotiating
  • In-Depth knowledge of manufacturing operations and commerciality of products
  • Offering ‘better fit’ solutions or stock alternatives for bespoke enquiries – deciphering where an ‘off the shelf’ solution may be more cost effective than a ‘bespoke’ enquiry
  • Managing coverage of bespoke stock so aged stock is avoided
  • Analysing & following up NPE’s with the National Accounts team  
  • Preparing reports and managing SLA performance
  • Spend reporting & forecasting
  • Supplier feedback & reviews
  • Releasing of PO’s ensuring correct price/supplier/destination and ensuring profitability
  • Drawing, Artwork & Sample sign off – checking the accuracy of drawings & artwork in accordance with the brief and ensuring orders are not held up due to formalities but also that we have sign-off/coverage from the customer where bespoke
  • Quality / Complaint Management – ensuring complaints are dealt with promptly, quantified and cost-effective solution is actioned
  • Supplier Relationship Management – ensuring we are always working with the right partners and are offering value at all levels in the supply chain
  • Supplier service level monitoring & managing – for supplier reviews with Purchasing Manager
  • Working with Stock Control team on key lines & customer forecasting

Experience, Skills and Qualities

  • Educated to a minimum of Level 3 – A Level or equivalent
  • CIPS Level 4 Qualification Desired
  • Progressive, ambitious, and enthusiastic personality traits
  • Analytical and results driven
  • Customer focussed possessive of a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Knowledge of the packaging industry desirable and an eagerness to pursue a career in buying/packaging
  • Able to demonstrate experience of disciplines gained in a Commercially driven business function
  • Financially aware and commercially astute with an analytical mind
  • 2 years’ experience in a buying role desirable
  • Ability to effectively manage third party relationships and obtain favourable terms
  • Experience of effectively communicating to internal and external stakeholders at all levels



You will receive a competitive salary of up to £35K depending on experience

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