£35000 - £40000 per annum + Pension
3 months ago
A prominent London-based educational establishment is seeking a dynamic, commercially minded Category Buyer with exposure to Indirect categories to join their Procurement team during an exciting period of transformation and growth.
Under the leadership of the newly appointed Head of Procurement, the Category Buyer will play a key role in helping to convert the existing tactical buying outfit into a strategic Procurement function.
The necessary structure, systems and processes are already in place, forming a foundation upon which robust category towers can be built. Main areas of focus are Estates & Facilities, Professional Services, and IT, which account for c£50m in combined spend. As an effective Category Management approach is established, additional categories and spend will come under management.
You will be working alongside a friendly, collaborative group of individuals, under the expert tutelage of an accomplished Procurement leader, and engaging with stakeholders who are keen to realise the benefits that a well-orchestrated Procurement operation can bring. While the emphasis will initially be on savings, this will quickly transition to 'value add' activities once some quick wins have been achieved.
The role would suit a relatively junior, ambitious candidate who is keen to manage their own categories and spend along with mid-senior stakeholder and numerous supplier relationships. Equally, a more established, steady career builder with relevant category knowledge and a willingness to adapt and learn new ways of working could be considered.
Key Skills & Experience:
- Minimum 3-5 years' Procurement experience, ideally incorporating a blend of public and private sector roles.
- Exposure to public sector frameworks and tendering processes, including knowledge of the Public Contracts Regulations.
- Track record of achieving savings across Indirect Categories, including Estates & Facilities, Professional Services, or IT.
- Knowledge of all aspects of Procurement, including Category Management, Contract Management, Supplier Relationship Management, Governance and Compliance.
- Strong academic profile - as a minimum, a Batchelor's degree in Business or Procurement & Supply Chain. Higher qualifications and relevant accreditations such as MCIPS are desirable.