Service Care Solutions Ltd

Category Buyer


Job title - Category Buyer
Location - Warrington WA2
Contract - Permanent
Hours - Full time 35 hours per week
Start Date - ASAP

The Role Summary
The role of the Buyer is to support the Category Manager in managing and administering assigned business areas to increase spend under management and deliver best practice procurement services to both internal and external customers.

The Buyer will have responsibility for delivering compliant end- to-end procurement activity, implementing and managing supplier and member contracts and analysing statistical and financial information within their category area.

The role requires the development of key relationships with suppliers and customers and the implementation and management of contracts within the assigned category, specifically focusing on commercial and customer benefits.


Your key duties within the role will include:



  • Deliver tendering and other procurement processes in line with both departmental and category targets and required EU regulations, ensuring tendering timetables for the category are adhered to

  • Ability to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of customer requirements from the outset and provide strategic advice to support their objectives

  • Effectively highlight opportunities and risks

  • Manage the delivery of appropriate services such as but not limited to, mini competitions, core price list reviews/amendments, call-off contract terms and ongoing framework management

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of category strategies aligned to market developments and member requirements to drive increased spend under management

  • Offer regular input to the Procurement Management Team

  • Implement and manage individual Framework Strategies to assist in the achievement of financial performance and growth

  • Continually review the markets, undertake competitive analysis and research innovations in the category areas they're responsible for

  • Develop and maintain continuous engagement with suppliers and their customers, including management of projects with suppliers, leading on supplier review meetings and handling disputes

  • Maintain the commercial and operational performance of each contract within the assigned category, with particular emphasis on customer retention, growth in spend, revenue and trading customers

  • To understand the legal and operational imperatives of each contract they administer

  • To support and develop marketing and communication plans, as well as sales activity, to assist the growth and development of specific category plans



Requirements



  • Education to degree level or equivalent experience preferred

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

  • Strong communication skills

  • Experience of managing (procurement consortium) projects and contracts

  • Experienced in developing strong supplier and customer relationships

  • Experience of multiple procurement activities including knowledge of EU Procurement regulations

  • Relevant commercial and sector focus

  • A full driving licence will be required for this role




If you are interested in this position and meet the above criteria, please send your CV now for consideration.


If you require any additional information regarding the position, please call Lewis at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208 966 or send an E-Mail to lewis.hodson@servicecare.org.uk




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