Job Title

Technical Buyer

Northern Cape
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Sector: Mining / Petroleum
Posted: 11 December 2023

Job Details

Job purpose: the Technical Buyer is responsible for stock/component life cycle planning, monitoring and procurement of routable spares, in accordance with the project procurement operating plan.


Key performance areas:


  • Facilitate the processing of procurement RFQ’s and Purchase Orders.
  • Ensure that procurement and contracting are performing within the Supply Chain Management policy and guidelines.
  • Formulate supplier strategies to enable effective supplier management in conjunction with the Supply Chain Manager.
  • Ensure that all reconditioned equipment is repaired according to original specifications and as per agreed terms.
  • Ensure all equipment reconditioning is timeously completed and that equipment is delivered within agreed timelines and costs.
  • Deviations or malfunctioning of reconditioned items to be promptly reported and ensure that such  items are returned to suppliers immediately.
  • Movement & functioning of reconditioned items and equipment are continuously monitored to track performance and availability.
  • Items and equipment are evaluated by the end-users and declared reconditionable before any reconditioning steps are implemented.
  • Stock deviations are investigated to ensure efficient stock levels.
  • Manage external reconditioning at suppliers.
  • Assist end-users with warranty claims and provide expert advice.
  • Expedite outstanding RFQ’s with suppliers.
  • Ensure necessary PODs are obtained and submitted to suppliers.
  • Expedite all requisitions to be approved by end-users.
  • Track all late orders as priority and continuously to ensure deliveries are made as planned.
  • Track, communicate and confirm deliveries for emergencies/breakdowns with end-users.
  • Make transport arrangements for urgent recon spares to and from suppliers.
  • Ensure that normal and abnormal recon spares transportation to and from the mine is initiated and coordinated with the end-user, suppliers, colleagues, and transport contractor.
  • Optimize transport arrangements and needs with the transport contractor.
  • Arrange the collection of special/large equipment at suppliers to eliminate excessive handling.
  • Communicate special instructions to transport contractor with regards to sensitive spares, to prevent damages.


  • Communicate and provide information by relevant internal and external methods to assist and enable organisational operations and effectively service connecting groups.
  • Maintain positive and effective interaction with all team members to reach objectives.
  • Sustain and manage communication in accordance with TAU Mining Communication procedures.


  • Compile, check and distribute accurate daily, weekly and monthly reports within stipulated deadlines.

Minimum Job requirements:

  • Matric (Grade 12)
  • Technical qualification (Artisan or similar) preferred plus,
  • Certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (advantageous)
  • Must have at least 3 – 5 years’ technical purchasing and supply chain management experience within in the Mining environment.
  • Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control Training (HIRAC)
  • Valid code EB drivers’ license
  • Clean criminal record

Knowledge, Attitude, Skills & Abilities:

  • Technical skills and excellent knowledge of routable components and component life cycle planning as applicable to heavy earthmoving equipment.
  • Computer literacy, i.e. Pastel Evolution/ Word / Excel / PowerPoint. Pragma.
  • Communication Skills, Oral and Written.
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills.
  • Ability to function under pressure.
  • Business operations knowledge.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Organization Skills.
  • Dealing with Clients
  • Multi-tasking.
  • Decision Making Skills