Position: Senior Buyer – Materials
Location: Preston with flexible working
Salary: Up to £48k (Neg DOE), car/allowance and excellent benefits package
The Role: Our Client is looking to strengthen their Procurement team with a Senior Buyer (Materials) for their Advance Plus Framework. They are part of the Advance Plus JV 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 Joint Venture has been set up specifically to execute the 5-year (2020 – 2025) AMP7 capital delivery framework. They will be delivering a programme of works up to £500m over the 5-year period consisting of both heavy civil engineering and mechanical and electrical activities.
Based at the Preston office you will be responsible for providing procurement and supply chain activities in line with company and client policies and procedures.
Responsibilities: 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 (including 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.
Collaborate with peers to develop and enhance value, systems, process, and best practice sharing to help our client achieve best in class performance and bring consistency to sourcing activities.
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.
Ensure your own continuous professional development by participating in external networking/conferences/associations/groups/training, to stay current on industry changes and innovations.
Skills/Experience: 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
Networking and business influence
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
Experience in a procurement role within the Construction/Utilities Experience.
Desirable: 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
Packages include: A competitive salary
25 days holiday + Bank Holidays (with an additional 5 days available to buy)
Contribution Pension scheme
Private medical Insurance
And many more benefits including – cycle to work scheme, discounts and savings Hub, kids pass etc