Purchasing Component Engineer


If you are looking for a new challenge with a global market leader which designs and manufactures aerospace search and rescue equipment, HR Smith Group of Companies is the one for you. We are a family run business with over 5 decades of experience and are dedicated to finding the perfect solutions for our customers. We are currently seeking a Purchasing Component Engineer who will work in close association with the Purchasing Manager and Senior Production Manager to ensure timely Component Selection and Management is carried out in accordance with HR Smith Group requirements. The successful candidate will be responsible for New Component identification and approval, Obsolescence management and Company wide support for component enquires.


Role Responsibilities:

  • Maintain database of Components
  • Monitor availability of Components and stock longevity.
  • Identify MPN alternatives
  • Stores index number maintenance
  • Identify manufacturer’s Part Number/s (MPN); Multiple MPNs if available
  • Identify manufacturing status
  • Monitor Export Control status
  • Country of Origin (COO) Identification.
  • Determine Stock levels in distribution
  • Monitor Factory Lead times
  • Determine Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)
  • Obsolescence, Identify & Evaluate Direct replacements and Alternatives in association with Engineering
  • Request re-design/qualification testing in association with Engineering.

Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • From time to time, you may be required to drive a Company vehicle whilst on Company business.
  • To undertake any reasonable duty specified by Senior Management.

Requisite Capabilities:

Relevant experience within the Aerospace or other highly regulated industry would prove advantageous but is not essential. Additionally, the successful candidate will ideally possess:

  • Have experience and understanding of best practice purchasing principles.
  • Have experience of working within an MRP/ERP system.
  • Must possess a positive/can-do attitude and be able to handle a busy multi-task environment with changing priorities when required.
  • Possess excellent IT, communication and negotiation skills.
  • To maintain relationships and develop business with new suppliers.
  • Good understanding of ISO9001 systems in relation to the Purchasing and Supply function.
  • Ability to analyse large quantities of data and produce subsequent reports from this data.



  • Free onsite parking.
  • Free refreshments (tea and coffee).
  • Casual dress.
  • Company social events.
  • Opportunity for company bonuses.
  • Cost of living reviews carried out annually by the Directors.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off (to be taken any time in the year).
  • Long service holiday accrual scheme where you gain 1 extra holiday day per year from 5-10 years’ service up to a maximum of 26 days.
  • Life Insurance Scheme – 3x annual salary.


We have a positive, professional and welcoming environment; you will have the opportunity to work within a fully integrated multidisciplinary business. We offer good job security and stability with career development opportunities for the right candidate.  

  • Full time position.
  • Hours are based on a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm with half an hour each day for lunch. No weekend, evening or bank holiday working.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Free internal training provided as required.
  • Opportunities to progress, promote internally and up skill.
  • Due to the nature of the business being a manufacturing environment, working from home arrangements are not available.

If you want to find out more about one of Herefordshire’s largest hi-tech companies then please visit our website; www.hr-smith.com.

If you are interest in this role, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

The HR Department,
H R Smith Group of Companies,
Unit 416,
Tarsmill Court,
Rotherwas Industrial Estate,
HR2 6JZ.

Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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