Based: Tring with option for hybrid working.

As Buyer you will be negotiating with suppliers to secure favourable prices and terms, while efficiently sourcing appropriate goods and services to support the successful build of all products within Ultra Intelligence & Communications, on time in full, and within budget.

Wherever possible, we will consider a variety of working options to suit your lifestyle, whether that be hybrid home/office working, flexible working and part or full time employment. It’s the ‘innovating’ and ’empowering’ values that we ASPIRE to be. We welcome the challenge to work in new ways and have trust in you when getting the job done because we recognise, our business is our people.

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain BPSS level security clearance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of purchasing strategies to ensure the timely and cost-effective procurement of materials, equipment, and services specifically in the manufacturing environment.

  • Support the negotiation of contracts and agreements with suppliers and vendors to secure the best possible prices and terms.

  • Monitor and analyse market trends and conditions to stay informed of new products and suppliers that may be beneficial to the company.

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including production, engineering, and logistics teams, to understand their requirements and ensure that procurement aligns with overall business objectives.

  • Continuously review and evaluate supplier performance to ensure compliance with quality standards and delivery schedules.

  • Identify and mitigate potential supply chain risks.

  • Read and interpret technical drawings and specifications.

  • Purchase goods and services to ensure that the company operational needs are met, taking into account price, quality, delivery and continuity of supply.

  • Carry out all relevant administrative tasks related to Purchase Orders such as managing modifications, expediting and reporting.

  • Liaise with vendors and user departments to provide a high degree of visibility and communicate any supply problems which may impact on business operations.

  • Provide analysis on costs, new and existing and suggest cost reduction initiatives.

  • Assist in the preparation of reports and updates as and when required.

  • Negotiate with suppliers to secure favourable prices and terms, and continuously review opportunities for cost savings.

  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships.

  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and contribute to performance reviews to ensure contract and general compliance.

  • Assist in the implementation of strategies to ensure long-term, cost-efficient supply of materials.

  • Manage security of information as defined in the Security manual.

  • Required Skills and Experience:

    Essential Skills:

  • Experience of sourcing and supplier management

  • Strong knowledge of procurement processes and procedures

  • Able to demonstrate a skill for negotiation and communication.

  • Strong relationship building capabilities.

  • Adaptable and versatile, able to respond positively when change is required, or plans altered.

  • Good eye for detail, completing work with a high degree of accuracy.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge of a full manufacturing cycle

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and procurement software

  • Here at Ultra we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusivity. Underpinned by our values, behaviours and policies, we want you to feel empowered to be the best version of yourself. We also believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures will increase our diversity of thinking, ensuring we successfully deliver to our customers.

    We therefore do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also support requests for flexible working arrangements wherever possible.