Buyer - indirects

Based in Leeds

Circa £30k + Benefits

Fixed 14 month contract.

Our client is looking for an expeienced Buyer to help them on a fixed term 14 month contract within their indirects purchasing team.

Job Purpose

  • Procurement of Indirect capital goods and support services
    • Drive material cost savings and efficiencies from the procurement of indirect goods and support service categories.
    • Work with Supply Chain Leadership team to ensure end to end processes are in place to control, manage and report on agreed cost reduction targets.
    • Build and leverage relationships with supply chain partners to drive value extraction.

 Principal Accountabilities

  • Owns the relationship with several key suppliers, undertaking periodic performance reviews with them.
    • To leverage best value with suppliers across all procurement categories
    • Ensure the attainment of all budgeted procurement cost optimisation deliverables, working with regional Senior Managers to ensure timely and consistent regional reporting
    • Deliver aligned proposals to optimise contract initiation, review and negotiation processes, working with regional counterparts to leverage global purchasing power
    • Creation and ownership of tender documentation as required leading and / or supporting Head of Department in the vendor selection and decision making process.
    • Embed latest procurement processes and controls to ensure expenditure approval and forecast expenditure reflect group protocols, with clear governance and decision-making.
    • Drive ongoing benefits from supplier rationalisation/consolidation to embed this activity into  core working behaviours and not as one off projects

Key Challenges

  • Owning the relationship with specific suppliers and leading the relationship and the interface into the business 
    • Establishing strong lines of communication, both with suppliers and with all levels of internal hierarchy.
    • Being adaptable and flexible to the needs of the different businesses, sometimes at very short notice
    • Balancing several projects within various different categories at any one time and managing the delivery of each to acceptable timescales
    • Obtaining valuable and accurate management information from systems to support procurement decision process

Skills, Know How and experience

  • Relevant experience in a business environment with previous buying/negotiating and contract experience
    • Experience of negotiation and supplier relationship management
    • Demonstrable experience of developing supply strategies.
    • Experienced  in a wide range of indirect product & service categories
    • Strong stakeholder communication to ensure excellent working relationships across all levels of the organisation
    • Ability to think and work within a diverse range of established company procedures and standards and able to adapt to new policies as introduced.
    • Ability to resolve problems demanding the selection and application of a well defined processes
    • Excellent prioritisation skills
    • Ability to influence within a matrix organisation
    • Experience working within tight and changing deadlines
    • Keen attention to detail
    • Computer literate

Job Dimensions

  • Responsibility for the procurement and management of a variety of Indirect type support service and facilities contracts
    • Key responsibilities encompass coordination and delivery of the procurement, negotiation, contracting, management and administration of various categories of indirect and support services spend ranging from but not specific to Capital / revenue goods and support services, utilities provision, facilities services, marketing services, packaging, import/export logistics, CRC monitoring & compliance and many other diverse categories of indirect spend
    • Commercial support for Indirect & Support Services type projects as they are identified and defined eg packaging automation, transit box optimisation, travel service providers, translation services, Supplier consolidation, etc.

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