Newcastle Upon Tyne
Salary: £30,000.00 max. (depending on experience)
19 Sep 2018
01 Oct 2018
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

We are working with a Private Sector company based in Newcastle who are looking for 5 x Buyers on a permanent role with a salary of up to £30,000.00 on offer. This is an exciting role that will expose you to clients in both the Private and Public Sector helping to manage the complexity of challenges that faced for the companies clients for high value goods and services.

This position will be responsible for providing key support to our Client Service Delivery team and is based in the procurement shared service team known as the 'Hub'.  The key objective of the role is to support client projects and sourcing requirements by identifying suitable suppliers to compete for work, whether they are existing suppliers to the network, or new suppliers to the public sector.  You will also be involved in supporting the development of client specifications, planning sourcing events, evaluating supplier responses and making sourcing recommendations to our clients’ procurement teams.

Key Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Ensure all sourcing and contract management activity follows standard processes and procedures
  • Sourcing of a wide variety of services in line with best practices, specified cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Support the purchase function and other relevant departments and communicate any supply problems which may impact on customers
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant customer departments on purchasing processes and new projects and activities
  • Monitor and advise on any issues which present risk or opportunity to the customer
  • Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers
  • Conduct research across professional services categories, evaluate, recruit and accredit new suppliers to increase the capacity and capability of our supply chain.
  • Provide analysis on costs, establish relevant savings methodology and ensure savings are appropriately captured and tracked
  • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to improve business outcomes and deliver additional value for customers
  • Prepare and raise purchase orders and Work Order schedules, tracking supplier delivery against Work Orders
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to supplier management and supplier relationships
  • Conduct research for innovation in service delivery
  • Compile data relating to supplier performance to enable evaluation
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and contribute to performance reviews to ensure contract compliance
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues
  • Prepare reports and updates as and when required demonstrating supplier performance and value for money
  • Work closely with customers and review opportunities for continuous improvement and enhanced performance or value
  • Share best practices with colleagues and customers to ensure the Company becomes both efficient and adds value to its customer base

Experience Required:

  • Experienced souring and contract management specialist with working knowledge of contract law
  • Comfortable challenging customer requirements and specifications and designed evaluation criteria meeting customer needs
  • Good understanding and or exposure of working within public sector procurement
  • Good analytical skills and ability to utilise and interpret data visualisation approaches, techniques and methods
  • Logical approach to problem-solving
  • Understanding of a wide variety of professional services categories
  • Demonstrable good relationship building and communication skills across all levels
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure and to tight timeframes
  • Commercial acumen
  • Working towards or willing to begin CIPS qualification or similar qualification
  • Good knowledge of purchasing, negotiation, commercial understanding and cost breakdown
  • Delivery focused approach with strong drive and determination to succeed
  • Desire to learn and develop new skills in a variety of areas relating to commerciality and technology
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to present results / findings as appropriate
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to quickly learn computer applications
  • Ability to use own initiative taking ownership of and managing their own workload