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Technical Buyer

Location : Grange, Co. Sligo, Ireland



Come and join one of UK & Ireland fastest growing food production line solutions specialists!

For the last 40 years, SF has been delivering advanced food production line solutions, equipment, and after-sales care to the global food industry. Today we employ people across two production sites and have designed, manufactured, and installed food production line solutions for major blue chip food producers in 63 countries.

SF is proud to have a history of sustained growth and expansion. Our customer base extends across Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America and we are continuing to expand into new markets every year. We believe the key to our success can be attributed to our employees who share our passion to succeed.


ROLE: Technical Buyer


As a Technical Buyer, you will collaboratively work with our projects and design teams. You will source, negotiate and purchase materials, components and equipment for all engineering projects within SF Engineering. You will work closely alongside engineers and project managers in both our sites in the UK and Ireland to understand technical specifications, quality requirements and project timelines within budget.



  • Source and select suppliers based on quality, price and product lead times
  • Negotiate contracts and terms with suppliers to secure advantageous agreements
  • Collaborate with project & design teams to understand project requirements and timelines
  • Review technical specifications to ensure all purchased products meet requirements
  • Monitor inventory level and manage the supply chain to prevent shortages
  • Review and evaluate supplier list and performance to address issues and concerns
  • Maintain accurate database of purchasing, pricing and lead times
  • Actively participate in vendor assessment and selection
  • Identifying new suppliers and building & maintaining good relationships with them
  • Assist with the development and implementation of procurement policy and procedures
  • Drive continuous improvement within the planning area to drive Operational Excellence and improved financial performance



Don’t feel you meet all the requirements below? Don’t worry! We’re still keen to hear from you. One of our company values is flexible and when it comes to considering candidates who don’t tick every box, we are open-minded. You may have other unique and relevant qualities you could bring to the role, and we offer the opportunity for training and development.



  • 3rd level degree or equivalent experience in either Engineering, Business, Finance, or Supply Chain.
  • Proven experience in a similar role within a manufacturing environment
  • Experienced negotiator
  • Experience managing a wide range of vendors and suppliers
  • Experience with import and export functions
  • Hands on engineering/manufacturing experience a distinct advantage
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Working knowledge of purchasing systems, platforms and processes
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings




  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills with the ability to be assertive
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Ability to simultaneously deliver on multiple projects/commitments
  • Ability to liaise at all levels within the organisation
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and multi task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to effectively communicate, influence and collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Proficient across MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Strong team player and ability to collaborate across multiple teams and ability to work independently

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please complete the form below or feel free to reach out to with any questions or for an informal chat about the role.

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