Strategic Buyer

Purpose of Role/Key Objectives

It began with one man’s passion for music.

Believe that the exploration of sound is an adventure? Want to join a world leader in the audio field and work alongside some genuinely brilliant people?

Naim Audio is a highly respected global brand that is both innovative and creative, continually receiving industry awards (including 5 in the recent What Hi-Fi? Awards) as well as consistent 5-star reviews for our ability to produce technically brilliant and stylish audio pieces.

We are currently looking for a Strategic Buyer for our busy Supply Chain Department. You will be a key player working within a small team, managing global supplier relationships, ensuring that strong framework agreements are in place. You will also be instrumental in identifying, implementing and supporting cost reduction opportunities that realise the direct and indirect cost reduction targets. It is expected that the role will be 75% field based proactively being face to face with suppliers within our global network. Looking for new suppliers and developing new opportunities, carrying out supplier development meetings, are also key activities which you will be involved with.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Supply Chain function to establish, maintain and monitor KPI’s to optimise Supply Chain performance in support of spares and production requirements.

  • Participate in the development of and become an expert User in the Purchasing/Planning modules within business management system.
  • Lead / support / participate in negotiations, secure capacity and forecasting.
  • Lead / support the creation and updating of supply contracts with suppliers, maintain Supplier Agreements and material / vendor master data in relevant parts
  • Gather and analyse spend and supplier data, execute benchmarking, provide relevant data to sales tools
  • Identify and project manage alternative least cost initiatives with regards to outsourcing, sub-contracting and e-supply chain to minimise cost and risk whilst maintaining product integrity and quality support with the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives to deliver continuous improvement
  • Reductions in lead-time and cost through; supply chain performance improvement, in-house, cross-departmental process improvements and alternative supply chains.
  • Improvement through design change proposals, rationalisation, process change, quality management and investment proposals.
  • Ensure Quality, Delivery and Cost development of goods and services for direct and / or indirect spends.
  • Develop and clearly communicate performance standards and achievement for key supply sources.
  • Execute / support supplier selection / rationalisation process.
  • Execute / support material cost budgeting and follow-up.
  • Communicate progress and escalate recurring issues to Head of Supply Chain and Operations Director. Create an effective and business focused working relationship with key internal customers; Product Planning, Sales, Finance, Logistics and Engineering built on good communication and shared ambition
  • Be aware of, participate in, and help develop Corporate Supply Chain initiatives.
  • Develop cross company competencies that will contribute to the development of both the Supply Chain and general business performance
  • Report on agreed objectives and long term strategy locally and to the group

Skills & Requirements

  • Demonstrable track record of supplier management, negotiations and set-up
  • Demonstrable experience of carrying out Supplier Audits
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of Lean Supply chains
  • Experience of Identifying LCR opportunities.


Qualification / Experience

  • G.C.S.E. Maths and English Grade C and above
  • CIPS Level 5
  • 5+ years of working in a global supply chain team
  • Demonstrable experience of leading supplier negotiations
  • Demonstrable experience of working within LCR setting up new suppliers and supply chains
  • Fluent French Speaking would be an advantage




UK - Head Office at Salisbury

Reporting to:

Head of Supply Chain

Hours of work:


If you are interested in this role, please contact us at [email protected].