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Technical Buying Officer

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Our client in the Mining and Metal industry is seeking to employ a Technical Buyer Officer who will be responsible Procurement Practitioner, the Technical Buying Officer, as part of the Group Supply Chain team, will be an integral support to the Operations Department – Mining Systems Workshop.


The main purpose of the role for the incumbent will be all purchasing requirements of the Mining Systems Workshop and to support the Procurement function accordingly, from requisition to pay. This entails the purchasing of goods and/or capital equipment and services, sourcing of new vendors, benchmarking of pricing, management of commercial risk, maintaining adherence to policies and procedures, ensuring that value for money is maximized and cost savings are generated for the company.

  • Survey the market for best source of supply, contact potential suppliers and negotiate trade terms and discount structures and most favourable lead times
  • Evaluate quotes/tenders and make recommendations based on best commercial and technical factors
  • Responsible for technical purchasing from requisition to pay and propose master contracts where required
  • Minimise lead time variances according to customer requirements by administering the pre/post expediting process to ensure timeous delivery of goods or services
  • Suggest substitutes if items/services ordered are unavailable, or if a more economic product is technically suitable
  • Ensure strict adherence to procurement policies and procedures as well as legislation in respect of importation of goods
  • Prioritise urgent order requests
  • Review price variances and ensure that they are investigated and brought to the attention of the responsible Procurement Practitioner and Supply Chain Manager and that SAP information is accurate
  • Liaise with suppliers in respect of commercial and/or technical clarifications and queries


Qualifications and Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant business/commercial or manufacturing/engineering degree or diploma in Purchasing / Supply Chain Management is required
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience technical purchasing in a mining/engineering environment is required
  • SAP ERP System experience and knowledge is required
  • Member of accredited purchasing body, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) would be advantageous
  • Certified engineering trade qualification would be advantageous

Skills and Behaviour Competencies:  

  • Knowledge of SAP ERP System
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Negotiating and networking skills
  • Basic knowledge of Customs
  • Ability to read technical engineering drawings
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information
  • Strong on governance, policy & procedures
  • Customer & service orientation
  • Detailed orientation
  • Technology driven
  • Commercial acumen
  • Commodity knowledge
  • Supply Chain administration
  • Project Management experience
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
  • Contract Management and supplier management
  • Ability to utilise latest technology in execution of daily duties

Kindly note, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of your application please consider it unsuccessful.

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Geographic Location

Western Cape - Cape Town CBD