Every minute of every day, in nearly every country across the globe, Smiths Detection people and technology make the world a safer place. We safeguard people, business and infrastructure with the latest innovations and screening technology for aviation, ports, borders, defense, and security across 55 countries around the globe

Life At Smiths –

Global leader: We impact critical systems every day with sites in 17 countries and six centers of research excellence. From pioneering to powering life-changing innovation, we’re delivering threat detection and screening solutions to safeguard the world from threat
Digital growth: A key part of our capability is the integration of digital technology across our business and our operations in more than 55 countries, will be critical to our continued success
Exciting opportunities: Our growth is creating exciting opportunities to work with experts in physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanics, production, computer science, and AIML
International environment: With some projects, work requires global collaboration and the potential to travel and grow with the business
Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Technical Buyer  to join our  Sourcing and Supply Chain team on  a 12 month Fixed Term Contract, working on site at our Hemel Hempstead Production site. For this key role, you will identify and assess potential appropriate suppliers who offer the best value for the business. You will evaluate the supply market, support the strategy development, quotations, negotiate contract terms, and highlight any business risks accordingly.

We are looking for someone who has experience in technical purchasing and someone who relishes owning the process from start to finish.  You will be  placing orders, monitoring delivery performance and balancing demand against supply, to ensure that the factory delivers to plan.  With excellent communication skills, you will interact with many stakeholders internal and external across technology, quality, and suppliers. There will be occasions when you will need to travel to visit a supplier to conduct a review, evaluate the supplier’s facility and share our business requirements.

Standard security clearance is required for this site based role including minimum of 3 years UK residency.
Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure that localization and sustainability of supply is executed in line with company requirements.
Work closely with vendors to ensure on-time delivery of materials and resolve any potential delay in material shipment.
Comply to site and global Sourcing and supply chain inventory metrics.
Support the business quotations and the award process to suppliers.
Raise Purchase Orders as per Project Requirements / technical Specification.
Follow up Order Acknowledgement to ensure confirmation in line with purchase order and on time Delivery.
Coordinate technical enquiries between Smiths project team & supplier.
Take the complete ownership for end-to-end process.
Help ensure key strategic sourcing & supply chain processes become imbedded within our local facility.
Supporting the project to help find supplier savings.
Handle exception messages (create an order, progress, delay, cancel an order, deadline overrun, late starting) resulting from the MRP.
Create and track weekly MRP demand and output with Production team leads.
Help manage the supplier risk file, highlighting any component obsolesces or EOL (End of life) concerns.
Support the global and regional category managers working with our key supplier partners, and they are awarded agreements on a TCO (total cost of ownership) basis considering, Cost, Working Capital, COPQ, VOTD.
The ability to communicate at all levels, deal professionally with colleagues & suppliers.
The Individual

Strong personal drive and motivation with ability to take initiative and drive issues.
Analytic and problem-solving mindset.
Excellent teamwork, communication and negotiation skills.
Self-starter with ability to priorities and manage multiple tasks in a dynamic, growing and developing organization.
Able to read and understand technical drawings.
Able to use Microsoft tools ie |Excel / power point / project management etc
Skills – English + ideally other language.
Cultural Awareness
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Join us for a great career and competitive compensation & benefits whilst keeping the world a safer place.
Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity. We have several employee-led Employee Resources Groups (women@work, Black Employees Network, Veterans, Pride Network) providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal development in the work environment and beyond.


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