Plant Buyer

Purchasing Dukinfield, United Kingdom


About GCP Applied Technologies

GCP Applied Technologies provides premier Speciality Construction Chemicals (SCC), Speciality Building Materials (SBM) for many of the world’s most renowned structures.

About your department/function

The Procurement, Sourcing & Supply Chain Team strategically and tactically manages the purchasing of raw materials & packaging, incorporating logistics planning and administrative activities to ensure we meet the best Total Cost of Ownership. Expected to meet GCP’s high standards on Ethics, Integrity and Safety.

About your job

Plant Buyer role is an important key activity in the implementation of determined sourcing strategies for the major material categories and the execution of tactical sourcing for locally sourced smaller spends. This role covers activity for both the Gateway Plant and the Widnes Plant. The role also covers, as appropriate from time to time the support for sourcing local of Indirect spends

Detailed Job Description

Your core duties and responsibilities will be as follows, plus any other work that your Line Manager may deem relevant to your job:



  •    The focus for this role will be the Gateway and Widnes sites, with ad hoc support to other regions within EMEA.
  •    Manage supplier relationships, leveraging pricing & payment terms negotiations.
  • Interpretation of demand planning requirements, placing purchase orders with vendors and manage delivery confirmations, and expedite outstanding purchase orders to ensure delivery is on time.
  •    Analyze and review supplier price changes and adjust sourcing plans to maximize benefits to GCP.

        Support Senior Buyer in productivity projects, to achieve material cost savings for direct materials through low cost sourcing, supplier rationalization, supplier development under consideration of safety, quality requirements and delivery performance.

  •    Manage import processes and supporting documentation, with effective communication with local custom authorities and internal stakeholders.
  •    Vendor OTIF monitoring & reporting
  •    Maintain Approved Vendor List, for UK direct materials.
  •    Effective communications between operations as well as other local functions in terms of security of supply, supporting inventory targets and DOH, supporting local/regional S&OP processes, and engaging with all key stakeholders and balance purchasing actions aligned with regional/global strategies.
  • Manage consignment stock reporting to vendors.
  • Support the Senior Buyer to develop and implement the sourcing plans for the appropriate segmented spends.

        Use and maintain data in the relevant IT business management system for the purchasing organisation (SAP-MM/SD).

  • Administer information systems to review pricing to support supplier negotiations and price changes
  •    Conduct supplier visits and audits.
  •    Communication with key stakeholders across the businesses and functions as appropriate

Skills, Experience and Education

The candidate is expected to meet the following criteria required to perform the role:

  • At least 3 years minimum of purchasing experience within a similar role.
  • A formal purchasing/supply chain qualification e.g. CIPS is desirable.
  • To be a Self-starter and a quick learner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Can speak and write English to a good standard to enable effective verbal and written communications.
  • Proactive, well-organised and the ability to work in an international and intercultural team environment
  • Good Excel skills and SAP experience are highly advantageous.
  • Ability to potentially travel throughout EMEA Region