Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Purchasing Officer

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About Me

A successful and driven Purchasing Officer, with experience working in a variety of commercial and manufacturing environments. Proven track record of going into highly specialised sectors and quickly absorbing large amounts of technical information. Excellent communicator who has experience of negotiating with large and small suppliers globally. Holds a degree in International Business Studies and is currently studying for the CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

JOB TITLE: Purchasing Officer

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: Manufacturing

CATEGORY: Components & Parts

Work experience

Purchasing Officer

Hobart Manufacturing UK

May 2013 - Present

Hobart is a world leader in the manufacture of commercial & industrial catering equipment

The role involves:

• Ensuring that the various production lines have the correct stock on time
• Negotiating with suppliers within our global supply chain
• Performing supplier inspections in the UK and internationally
• Driving forward cost saving programs
• Collaborating with our engineers to introduce new components & innovations cost effectively
• Monitoring inventory levels and introducing preventative measures to ensure minimal slow moving stock


University of the West of England

2:1 BA (Hons) of International Business

2002 - 2006

A degree focusing on international economics and global trade including 1 years study at ESPEME/EDHEC in Nice, France.