Associate Buyer

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Location
Warwickshire
Salary
£29,000 - £32,000
Posted
28 Sep 2017
Closes
28 Oct 2017
Specialist Area
Procurement
Job Level
Buyer
Sector
Energy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Description

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day. 

About the role 

As an Associate Buyer you will be part of a team responsible for strategic procurement operations you’ll start by supporting with daily procurement operations supporting the Senior Procurement staff.  You will then move on to running your own sourcing events which you will manage from start to finish, as well as continuing to support Senior Buyers and Category Managers with their events.

You will also work with Contract Managers to ensure the successful delivery of contracted activities, identifying continuous improvement opportunities through engagement with suppliers and stakeholders, and maximising value for money from contracts awarded.

Contribute to an effective forward planning process by identifying future requirements of supported areas and ensure robust forecasting is put in place that maximises value of goods / services procured.

About you 

Ideally you’ve worked in strategic sourcing and category management before. However, Procurement experience isn’t essential. More important are a degree (or equivalent), good commercial acumen and a motivated, organised approach. If you’re ready to learn and take on responsibility, we’ll give you the opportunity to build your talents within a supportive, experienced team. With our professionals to guide you, you’ll become adept at using analytical tools, presenting data, managing stakeholders and handling contracts. With drive, initiative and strong communication skills, you’ll become a valuable member of National Grid. If you’re not MCIPS-qualified already, we’ll expect you to work towards this

Who we are

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. Accredited training programmes and personal development courses are a part of life here. We value and encourage diversity of thought, whatever your background. By creating an inclusive, switched-on workforce, we drive performance and deliver excellence. Which is exactly what we need to achieve our vision of creating sustainable energy solutions, for today and tomorrow.