Technical Buyer

May 4, 2022
R40000 / month
Application deadline closed.

Job Description


To ensure consistent availability of raw materials, components and consumables in accordance with the production forecast, and to ensure that these are procured at an acceptable price and quality point.

The purchasing of non-stock items, equipment and components required for the operation of the factory, as well as all new development components / equipment / materials required by the engineering department.

Qualifications Requirements

  • Advanced computer literacy (incl. Excel and Word) essential
  • 5 years working experience on computerized MRP (Materials Resource Planning) is essential
  • Syspro computer package will be beneficial
  • Certificate or National Diploma in Procurement and/or Supply Chain Management

Knowledge & Experience

  • 5-10 Years’ experience as a Technical Buyer in a high volume manufacturing environment
  • Able to read & understand drawings with knowledge of component specifications
  • Good knowledge of accounts payable (creditors) cycle

Personal Competencies

  • Resilience – ability to cope under pressure
  • Confidence to question and verify information
  • Strong process-orientation and systematic approach
  • Customer focus
  • Competencies

Task Competencies

  • Mechanical and technical insight
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Initiative and discretion
  • Planning, organizing and monitoring work



  • Placing orders according to MRP system, ensuring timeous expediting and delivery of correct BOM components, while adhering to company stock level policy.
  • Close liaison with receiving to ensure all goods and services are delivered to the correct address ensuring timeous supply.
  • Raise all purchase orders for the necessary products to ensure continuous operation of the factory and meeting customer requests.
  • Take responsibility for the whole purchase cycle and liaise with all the relevant parties on any potential problems arising with the order. Ensure delivery dates are maintained and accurately reflected on the MRP system.
  • Develop credible second suppliers for BOM items.
  • Ensure supplier agreements are in place.
  • Visit suppliers and attend meetings to evaluate capacity and minimize supply threats.
  • Actively perform supplier evaluations and report back to the Dept Manager with solutions for improvement.
  • Arrange for goods that have been found to be incorrect or faulty to be replaced.
  • Liaise with Accounts payable department to make sure all the relevant documents are in order and the requirements of that department are met to facilitate payments.
  • Maintain all necessary documents and audits trails; ensure all documents are appropriately filed.
  • Timeous quoting when required.
  • Engage with Suppliers, Develop and maintain BBBEE verification, in line with NCM Preferential Procurement policy.
  • Research and evaluate areas for opportunity to reduce costs
  • Master data management and accuracy on the MRP system.
  • Various Procurement reporting and dashboards as required by the Dept Manager.

Cost Control

  • Manage the accounting of purchase price variance against standard, report on this and implement corrective action where possible.
  • Advise the Department Manager of any price increases / decrease as soon as they arise.
  • Ensure suppliers provide detailed reasons for price changes, in accordance with the supplier agreements.


  • Ensure that all identified high risk components are ordered in accordance with company procurement policy.
  • Apply good problem solving skills to deal with daily changes in production, constant change in market requirements, while resolving supplier problems.
  • Forecasting price trends and their impact on future activities.
  • Developing market knowledge and contracts for new products and services.
  • Identify potential suppliers, locally and internationally.
  • Training of procurement staff.


  •  Monitor quality and levels of service.
  • Ensure purchased material meets specifications.
  • Claims for quality to be processed the same month the claim arises and must tie in with the SLA including drawing updates.

Demonstrate leadership and commitment to the company’ core values

  • Maintain healthy and productive working relationships with all departments (and individuals within the departments) across the organisation
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with customers, contractors and suppliers.
  • Display commitment and compliance to the company’ policies