16th March 2023

Senior Buyer

With the company expecting strong growth and wishing to remain competitive, strong management of and relationships with our suppliers is key.

Galebreaker specialise in products that guard against the elements and look to provide the optimum environment for agriculture, commercial and industrial sectors.  We are proud to be the market leader for more than 35 years, supplying products that can be trusted and relied upon in the harshest environment. 


Working closely with the Operations Manager, this role will take full responsibility for all Operational procurement & supplier management activities. Ensuring excellent quality, service & cost effective spend.


  • Managing a large portfolio of suppliers

  • Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant

  • Ensuring suppliers adhere to quality, service, and best practice initiatives

  • Participate in cost down initiatives with production & logistics

  • Optimize stockholding volumes to balance cost/space/working capital

  • Managing performance of the supplier base

  • Initiating RFQ, product enquiries and specialist project work

  • Procurement of standard and non-standard bespoke items

  • Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities

  • Reporting to Operations Manager & Mgmt. team on key metrics, with statistical analysis

  • Support Galebreaker with development & execution of procurement strategy. Focus on risk mitigation & continuous improvement.

  • Maximizing profitability and minimizing risk to the Business

  • Supporting stock control and administration activities

  • Manage procurement forecast to ensure correct supply of goods

  • Managing supplier quality to understand root cause and eliminate re-occurrences.

  • Manage Assistant Buyer, providing coaching & guidance

  • Reviewing technical specifications for materials, components, or equipment, working alongside the Technical department where required.


  • +3yrs procurement experience

  • Previous experience in Manufacturing Procurement environment desirable

  • Experience of MRP systems & MS Excel essential

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally & written.

  • Be able to work well as part of a team, but also use their own initiative.

  • Confident working in a fast paced and deadline driven environment

  • Methodical & Analytical with a high attention to detail Influencing and Analytical skills

  • Flexible in approach, able to learn from others and personally continuously improve.

  • Prepared to continually try new initiatives to gain benefit

Please contact Chris Sheppard for more information on csheppard@galebreaker.com