Position: Buyer

Location: Preston

Salary: £35k (Neg DOE), car and excellent benefits package

The Role: Our Client is looking to strengthen their Procurement team with a Buyer 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 with regular site visits, 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 site requirements for goods and services.

Development and execution of category strategy and supplier development plans.

Embed and utilise the well-established, procurement Frameworks & Subcontracts to providing end to end Supply Chain advice, sourcing, supply assurance, delivery, supply chain management and tasking against requirements.

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.

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

Take ownership/maintain and enhance IFS database and other software and processes. Develop in-depth knowledge of IFS and work towards becoming the procurement owner and champion for the system.

Establish and develop excellent working relationship with the Client; Customers; Suppliers, internal functions and other relevant external bodies.

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.

Commercially astute

Networking and business influence

Always carry out 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

Key Words:




Supply Chain


Goods and Services

Category Strategy

Supplier Development

Supply Assurance

Tender Packages



Water Industry

Water Sector

Water Treatment



Civil Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical and Electrical


Job Information

Job Reference: 886948_1637677672
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Locations: North West
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Operations

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