Category Buyer

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LOCATION: Hingham, Norfolk (NR9) – Office based role
DEPARTMENT: Purchasing / Supply Chain
SALARY: Competitive
HOURS: Full time/Permanent- 38 hours per week (Mon – Thurs: 8hrs/ Fri: 6 hrs – finish early)

About the role

This key role will see you leading on the creation and execution of a robust and sustainable procurement category strategy for a defined area of spend.  This will include analysing spend, technology roadmaps, evaluating supplier capability and capacity and competitiveness to establish a low cost, high quality and agile supply base for your area of control.

You will need to engage constructively with colleagues across the business to understand and mitigate supply risks and develop a plan which has buy-in from key stakeholders across the business, including Executive Management.

In your role as our Category Buyer, you will:

  • Manage Sourcing of identified categories of spend, creating a robust and sustainable procurement category strategy – including:
    • Leading supplier selection through developing a sourcing plan which addresses cost, working capital (payment terms and inventory holding), quality and lead-time.
    • Presenting the strategy to senior management to achieve buy-in and ensuring the Supply Chain department is pro-actively engaged in all aspects of sourcing.
    • Ensuring the plan is executed effectively with tactical issues being effectively addressed whilst managing the longer-term strategic development of the Category.
    • Effectively managing the development of new sources to achieve these goals and a robust exit plan for non-preferred suppliers.
    • Lead structured Business Reviews with key suppliers to align on performance, supply risks and improvement actions needed.
    • Foster a collaborative relationship with key suppliers – creating a robust plan to enhance supplier input into the design and development of new materials.
  • Identify and create plans to manage supply risk across the business globally. This would include understanding supply risk below the Tier 1 supply point, modelling and taking action to ensure sufficient capacity is available to support demand,
  • Draft and execute clear commercial agreements (Contracts, Framework Agreements) which underpin performance requirements and obligations.
  • Raise, execute and manage purchase orders.
  • Support Expediting of raw material supply within Mirus supply chain as required. Where possible, identify where lead times can be sustainably reduced to build a more flexible supply chain.
  • Maintain effective and positive working relationships within Supply Chain and across the business.
  • Any other activities necessary to ensure the Supply Chain group delivers its objectives.

About you

To help Mirus continue our journey of growth, you will bring your expertise within a purchasing and supply chain capacity, a passion for innovation, analysing abilities and drive for operational excellence along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:

  • Experience in purchasing, supply chain, materials control, logistics or expediting
  • Experience working within either a manufacturing or engineering industry
  • Experience of operating within both a development and a serial production environment including working with Engineering.
  • Understanding of business ERP and MRP ordering systems
  • IT literate (primarily with MS Excel) with an understanding of ERP systems in a manufacturing business.
  • Eligible to work in the UK and ability to work flexible hours, as required.
  • Willing to travel as needed – possibly including supplier visits internationally.


  • Experience of operating within automotive / aerospace sectors
  • CIPS or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Contract drafting experience
  • Understanding of Incoterms and Logistics
  • Experience of working with suppliers based in Asia

Personal skills / attributes:

  • Ability to foster excellent relationships with suppliers
  • Ability to communicate and influence at all levels both internally and externally
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Must be a reliable, conscientious, strong character with a good eye for detail
  • Thrive in a challenging environment, be approachable, collaborative and have a flexible attitude

We really want to hear from you, so don’t miss your opportunity to join our community of passionate and exceptional people who challenge the accepted norm! Once you apply, your CV will be held on our central database.  Please do let us know if you do not wish for us to retain your details.  If your application is successful, you will be contacted in due course.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and be a part of a company that values your skills and contributions, we encourage you to apply for our Category Buyer position.  Come on a journey with us and be part of shaping the future of supply chain excellence!

Please kindly note, at this moment in time we are respectfully not engaging with any agencies for our roles.

About us

Founded in 2015, Mirus Aircraft Seating Ltd has grown rapidly to become a leading aircraft seating OEM, with operations in the UK, Malaysia and China.   We seek excellence at every step, from conception to delivery and beyond.


“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way, by those who dare to challenge the accepted norm.”

Ben McGuire, Chief Executive Officer

We believe form, function, innovation, sustainability, and the best possible passenger experience are all mutual cornerstones of success when putting pen to paper on a new design and delivering to our airline customers.

Along with our proven record of delivering large and small scale OEM and airline retrofit programs to some of the biggest names in the industry, we are committed to bringing the highest quality seating and unparalleled service to our customers.

Our benefits

  • Pension – up to 8% contribution (4% Employee/ 4% Employer)
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • An additional day off on or around your birthday
  • Christmas shut down
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Long Service Award
  • Agile working – flexibility around start and finish times in line with our policy
  • Early finish on a Friday
  • Training and development – Support, coaching and guidance from a team of industry leading renowned specialists
  • Generous Family Friendly Benefits
  • Company Sick Pay Scheme
  • SimplyHealth – helps cover every day healthcare costs such as eye tests and dental check ups, as well as providing mental health support and access to GP services
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Free on-site parking
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At Mirus, we’re committed to creating a welcoming environment for all applicants. If you require any reasonable adjustments during your interview process, please let us know.