Senior Buyer

Posted: 3rd March 2021

Role Overview

The role of Head Buyer will be responsible for exploring supply market opportunities and implement resourcing strategies that deliver the best possible supply outcomes to the organisation, stakeholders and customers. Review and implementation of processes and procedures to ensure accurate records are captured to provide management with insight for effective decision making and financial reporting.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Take ownership of the purchasing policy, guidelines, and any associated documents.
  • Ensure that purchasing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality, and delivery targets, which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market.
  • Establish and maintain a robust supply chain for materials and plant to ensure consistent best-value, reducing risks and ensuring continuity of supply.
  • Add value to the organisation by consistently reviewing, challenging, and analysing costs.
  • Audit selected suppliers as required by our Internal Management System to ensure continual improvement and compliance with 3rd party accreditations.
  • Report to management identifying potential risks and opportunities to the business.
  • Maintain accurate and timely procurement records to support the financial reporting and management accounts.
  • Negotiate contract terms with key suppliers to ensure value for money, quality standards and delivery terms.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a supplier relationship and evaluation process to measure effective supplier performance and compliance.
  • Craft negotiation strategies and close deals with best possible terms.
  • Establish and manage future demand and capacity planning including the development of supplier risk management.
  • Hand on and teamwork approach in dealing with any procurement issues during busy periods.
  • Setting goals for the procurement team in terms of performance and deadlines in ways that comply with the company’s business plan and vision.
  • Provide leadership to the team under control; coach, mentor and develop direct reports and manage a high performing team that delivers continuous improvement, added value and cost reductions.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Honours degree and/or MCIPS (Level 6)
  • Extensive experience managing a team.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with key areas of the business.
  • Operated at a strategic level with a strong track record of success in delivering financial savings.
  • Comprehensive experience in a similar role within the construction industry is essential
  • Substantial experience of working with procurement ordering systems
  • Proven ability to contribute to the development of long-term business plans and commercial strategy.
  • Knowledge of procurement best-practice aligned to deliver against the organisation’s procurement policy.
  • Good understanding of supplier relationship monitoring, performance measurement and reporting.
  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office and procurement ordering systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Good communication and organisational skills.
  • Comfortable working under pressure, within strict deadlines.
  • Self-developer, invests time in their own development and encourages others.

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV and covering letter to

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