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Commodity Specialists (temporary for six months)

Region: Newcastle

BEL Valves is a global business delivering high integrity valves and actuators, to critical oil and gas markets. Core activities are managed from the head office in Newcastle upon Tyne with international projects supported from local, in-country facilities and satellite sales offices.  BEL Valves is one of eight businesses within the British Engines Group.

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A vacancy has arisen for two temporary commodity specialists to undertake a six months’ assignment within the project procurement department.

The role

Reporting to the Project Procurement Lead, the candidates will have responsibility for providing a commercial advantage to the business by competitively sourcing materials.

Duties will include

  • To issue requests for quotations, supplier selection (applying AVL), price negotiations and PO contract management.
  • To apply strategic sourcing methodology to consolidate the supply base to a reduced number of strategically important suppliers.
  • To analyse quotations from suppliers and the creation of the total cost of ownership comparison; including supplier sourcing recommendations.
  • To deliver prompt resolutions of any invoice queries raised by the accounts department.
  • To support the supplier development team in recovering financial loss caused by supplier related delivery or quality problems.
  • To collaborate with the strategic sourcing group to deliver a competitive advantage to the business through long term supplier agreements with critical suppliers, providing the organisation with preferential pricing, capacity allocation and improved warranty terms.
  • To comply with the company’s Health, Safety and Environmental Policy.

The person

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Strong project management skills and will be able to identify resource needs, develop project plans, and drive project execution.
  • Relationship and change management skills, possessing the ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, internally and externally, and influence key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • The ability to develop and apply ‘best practice’ procurement and continuous improvement practices.
  • A broad understanding of the supply market.
  • Experience of developing suppliers relations.
  • Experience of developing tender documents.