Operational Buyer

Search Consultancy
Chandler's Ford, UK
08 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
I have a job for an operational buyer. The operational buyer will cover a number of different client contracts in the from a base location in Southampton.

The successful candidate must be able to drive as a number of sites aren't accessible via public transport.

Job Purpose:
  • To provide a sustainable, cost effective Procurement service to a mix of business units, supporting the Senior Operational Buyer in achieving business objectives
  • To work with internal customers to obtain products & services from suppliers which offer value for money, with considerations of quality, service, sustainability and company policy and procedures, under the guidance of the Senior Operational Buyer.
  • To assist the Commodity Team in the progression and implementation of preferred suppliers into the business, supporting the strategic objectives of the Procurement Department.

Principal Accountabilities:
  • Proactively manage and build operational relationships with key approved suppliers.
  • Challenge costs and ensure value for money on all contract spend. Proactively drive cost reduction through effective negotiation and supplier selection.
  • Review all new supplier requests and carry out credit and suitability checks.
  • Seek to review and consolidate supplier spend across multiple sites
  • Procurement champion for procurement systems and procurement processes.
  • Implement supplier improvement programmes within the contract.
  • Maintain cost saving trackers for the contract.
  • Influence and support the transition and implementation from non to preferred suppliers
  • Carry out preferred supplier operational reviews.
  • First point of escalation for supplier issues
  • To support the contract teams with the implementation of new contracts
  • Integration of BS8903/ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement.
  • Participate in cross-functional project teams.
  • Provide clear communication lines to ensure contract teams are aware of strategic initiatives
  • Minimise contractual risk by the use of appropriate contract terms

Person Specification:
  • Ability to follow Procurement Processes
  • Commercial awareness
  • Negotiation skills
  • Able to withstand challenge
  • Achieved or working towards CIPS
  • Able to manage internal customer relationships
  • Has well developed problem solving skills
  • Clean driving licence and own transport
  • Experience of implementing Sustainable Procurement objectives

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