NewMarket Services

Senior Procurement Specialist

Location UK-Bracknell | BE


An excellent opportunity to join the procurement team ensuring uninterrupted, cost effective supply of a portfolio of raw materials/goods & services necessary to support Afton business goals and operations.


  • Develop and manage supplier relationships to negotiate and maintain price and supply conditions ensuring commercial terms are optimized, supply maintained, contracts implemented and managed as appropriate and SAP data maintained.
  • Develop an understanding of the market for the raw materials, products and services purchased and identify the factors which influence availability and pricing ensuring that significant market changes are anticipated, managed and communicated.
  • Define and implement procurement strategies at a Global level for specific materials, products or services.
  • Identify and select sources of assigned raw materials, products and services. Work with the supplier base to identify new sources within existing portfolio and new technologies which may bring advantage to Afton, sponsoring and supporting approvals as appropriate.
  • Prepare, maintain and communicate long term sourcing strategies to support the Long Range Plan ensuring raw material, products and services availability and economics are communicated to and support the needs of the business.
  • Develop and maintain forecasts for use with suppliers and for communication within Afton including the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process.
  • Monitor quality and consistency of raw materials, products and services used via the SCS (Supplier Care System) to record quality issues/resolutions. Consult with Process Technology, R&D and Manufacturing and other departments as required, investigating and resolving quality issues quickly and effectively.
  • Collaborate with other Afton procurement team members on a regional and global basis to identify synergies that will ensure maximization of strategic procurement initiatives.
  • Employ strategies as appropriate to ensure business continuity objectives are met.
  • Consult with Business Group, R&D, Manufacturing and Process Technology to provide information regarding competitive challenges, potential entrants, pricing initiatives and quality, service, price and distribution issues.
  • Demonstrate, lead and encourage best practice within the procurement process; vendor selection, specifications, tender & negotiation process/policy, business award, contracts implementation and maintenance etc.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Business, Economics, Math, Chemistry or related field
  • Proven experience in a similar role, preferrably with a relevant industry background
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the procurement function and SAP


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