Senior Buyer

Posted 28 April 2023
Salary £40k - 52k per year
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Water & Environmental
Contact NameChas Earl

Job description

Role: Senior Buyer
Location: Preston (hybrid working)  
Salary: up to £40,000 - £52,000 p/a plus package
My client, who is a tier one contractor on United Utilities water framework is looking to strengthen their Procurement team by appointing a Senior Buyer based in Preston but offers hybrid working.
We're looking for a procurement specialist (Senior Buyer Materials/Subcontract) that will deliver a range of construction schemes to maintain and improve United Utilities water supply and wastewater treatment works within the Northwest region. The role offers lots of opportunities to learn, develop and progress.

Based at the Preston office, with some home working, you will be responsible to provide procurement and supply chain activities in line with company and client policies and procedures.   
Responsibilities will be:
You will report directly to the Supply Chain Manager and the responsibilities will include:

·Efficient & effective day to day management of supply chain in support of Programme and Site requirements for goods and services.
·Promote Programme Level Procurement (including enhanced and consistent governance, supply chain assessment and SRM)
·Promote & develop long term value adding collaborative relationships with the supply chain and in doing so facilitate expert early supply chain involvement
·Development and execution of category strategy and supplier development plans.
·Develop and embed, procurement Frameworks & Subcontracts to providing end to end Supply Chain advice, sourcing, supply assurance, delivery, supply chain management and tasking against requirements.
·Prepare, develop and monitor Project and Regional level Procurement Plans.
·Collaboratively develop/prepare and issue tender packages with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans.
·Take ownership for the negotiation of commercial terms, conditions and levels of service (inc KPI's) with suppliers.
·Ensure compliance with process, governance and controls as agreed in the Procurement Rules.
·Address and resolve issues that arise internally and externally, being the primary escalation point for day to day issues and personally handling the most complex enquires.
·Mentor, coach and support junior members of the team.
·Establish and develop excellent working relationship with the Client; Customers; Suppliers, internal functions and other relevant external bodies.
·Work with the SHEQ team to ensure the supply chain meets its Health and Safety obligations and carries out commensurate corrective action where necessary.
·Develop in-depth knowledge of IFS and work towards becoming the Procurement owner and champion for the system.
·Support with any requirements from internal and external audits where required.
·Harnessing innovative solutions from existing and future supply chain partners.
·Undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required, and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this role.

·Confident in communicating, influencing and building relationships with cross-functional colleagues, suppliers and business stakeholders.
·Be a self-starter and be able to represent the procurement function.
·Proven track record for coaching
·Commercially astute
·Networking and business influence
·To always carry out your Purchasing duties in-line with the CIPS Ethical Policy
·Microsoft suite of products proven track record
·Develop and maintain close working relationship with all key stakeholders
·That you demonstrate and champion the core values and behaviours of the company.
·Experience in a Procurement role within the Construction/Utilities Experience.

·Professional qualification to degree level, preferably in Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Procurement or related field.
·Construction/Utilities Technical Qualification
·MCIPS or willing to work towards
What they offer: Packages include -

·A competitive salary
·25 days holiday + Bank Holidays (with an additional 5 days available to buy)
·Contribution Pension scheme
·Life Assurance
·Health Insurance
·Private medical Insurance
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
We are looking to move quick sourcing for this position. Apply Today and We will be in touch to progress your application. You can contact me at or reach me on 02393 876 074.

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