Senior Buyer

West Midlands Permanent £45,000 - £50,000
  • Recently transformed procurement function into category management structure
  • Hybrid and flexible working encouraged

About Our Client

An organisation supplying the healthcare industry

Job Description

  • In conjunction with the Category Manager, identify, develop and implement sourcing/procurement strategies to deliver sustainable cost reduction for the organisation.
  • Lead and implement sourcing initiatives aligned with the organisation's business needs and the procurement plan.
  • Conclude sourcing initiatives with relevant legal framework to minimise commercial risks and ensure performance can be monitored.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key suppliers to improve quality and service performance, risk mitigation and identify opportunities to drive further value from our relationships.
  • Measures and actively manages supplier performance against agreed service levels, implementing improvement plans where required.
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders, generating a solid understanding of their business and potential impact or directional change for sub-categories.
  • Work closely with the relevant key stakeholders to ensure that best value for money is achieved.
  • Be the subject matter expert for designated sub-categories, ensuring sound commercial advice is provided to the business at all times.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of relevant sub-categories, monitoring and highlighting when market changes will have a material impact on our cost base, recommending relevant action to be taken.
  • Comply with and promote the organisation's Procurement Policy across the business.
  • Work in conjunction with other Procurement team members and share experiences and practices to further improve procurement process, tools and performance
  • For regulatory compliance, underpin robust processes that maintain procurement information/data, files and records.
  • Represent the Procurement team at cross functional meetings
  • This is not an exhaustive list as senior positions of this nature will require flexibility, adaptability and response to business needs.

The Successful Applicant

  • Graduate or equivalent, and/or working towards MCIPS or MCIPS qualified preferred.
  • Several years' proven experience in a similar Procurement role and with a comprehensive understanding of purchasing consumables and commercial awareness.
  • Demonstrates procurement competence, strong negotiation & influencing skills, with evidence of having applied innovative thinking
  • Ability to understand, articulate and lead the sourcing process
  • Experience of developing and executing sourcing initiatives.
  • "Hands on" approach. Versatile, tenacious and people orientated.
  • Able to prioritise effectively, taking into account short and long-term needs of the business.
  • Experience of healthcare industries is desirable but not essential.
  • Proficiency in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contractual terms & conditions and service level agreements
  • Effective communicator at all levels (written and verbal), with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Well organised and accurate under pressure
  • Ability to gather, collate, analyse and interpret large amounts of procurement and financial data.
  • Effective in analytical thinking, decision making, report writing and presentations.
  • Ability to lead and participate actively in cross-functional project teams and familiarity with process improvement methodology.
  • The ability to work effectively with senior and other business management is essential.
  • Ability to maintain a sound and effective supplier relationships based on the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, as a minimum) at an advanced level.
  • Full Driving License required.
  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing external spend whilst developing a robust supplier base.

What's on Offer

£45,000 - £50,000 + benefits

Lewis Thompson
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