Beaumont Select

Senior Buyer - IT

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£30-37k + pension + CIPS sponsorship
20 Feb 2018
16 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Exciting Senior Buyer - IT opportunity with a unique and well respected organisation, which has a Global reputation as a world class centre of excellence in research and development…

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast paced, diverse organisation who have a reputation across the globe for being a leader within research and education.

The role is responsible for establishing and implementing effective procurement strategies within the IT category, and monitoring the resulting effectiveness to enable continuous improvement. You will also lead the supporting communications and consultation activities.

You will ensure the implemented procurement strategies leverage the organisations spend, optimise value for money, support the efficient and cost effective purchase of goods and services and align to the Procurement Strategy.

You will be responsible for developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders to ensure that the strategies developed align to the needs of departments.

You will lead complex tendering activity, delivering best value for money and mitigating identified risk.


  • Manage projects to develop and implement multi-year category strategies to achieve product standardisation, supplier rationalisation and enhanced value for money

  • Manage the relevant Purchasing Group(s) (and supporting working groups) sponsoring particular purchasing initiatives

  • Develop purchasing strategies in respect of major projects (£1m-£10m), promoting early engagement of departments through business partnering and the development of demand pipelines

  • Lead complex operational tendering activity (to include multi-million pound tender exercises) delivering best value for money and mitigating identified risk

  • Build and document product and market knowledge to enable effective support to be provided to devolved departments. To include representation on cross-sector working groups to ensure that the organisations needs are reflected in any collaborative deals developed

  • To identify and report on savings and efficiencies within the IT category, and in particular to be responsible for developing and achieving a stretching savings target

  • Manage strategic suppliers, including benchmarking to ensure on-going value for money and regular reviews of contractual performance with stakeholders to achieve operational improvements where required

  • Foster productive working relationships with other purchasing professionals within your categories

  • Act as a mentor, providing guidance and support when required to other members of the Purchasing Department

  • Act as local expert and first point of contact within the sub-categories for the organisations devolved departments and suppliers

You will have:

  • Experience of managing high value/high risk (>£500k) procurement projects, managing cross-functional stakeholder input

  • Proven record of developing strategic plans for categories of spend and evidence of successfully executing those plans to deliver savings and efficiencies

  • Experience of leading continuous improvement initiatives with category specific suppliers and internal customers

  • Experience of negotiating complex commercial and contractual arrangements with suppliers

  • Good analytical skills (to support the development of evidenced category strategies)

  • Strong oral, written, and electronic communication skills and experience of using these skills to deliver presentations and briefing papers

  • Ability to influence at all levels both internally and externally to bring complex matters to conclusion

  • Degree education with a relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g. CIPS), or studying towards such a qualification, or equivalent professional experience

Beaumont Select is a leading Supply Chain & Purchasing Recruitment Agency for permanent and interim staffing solutions. We support a primarily blue chip client base, in the provision of experienced Supply Chain & Purchasing Professionals; successfully resolving their Purchasing Recruitment demands. We have a proven track record in purchasing recruitment and are a leading purchasing recruitment agency.  Complying with the BERR Beaumont Select are an Employment Agency and an Employment Business

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