Category Buyer

Category Buyer

Job Description

Job ID: 10658
Job Function: Purchasing
Job Term: Permanent
Job Region: UK & Europe
Posted Date: 23 Aug 2021

Job Overview

Working in the purchasing team, supporting the delivery of a range of categories to deliver both the contracted pricing strategy and product availability whilst maintaining the required quality. Ensure all day to day purchasing activity is completed in a timely manner in line with business and client expectations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Creating and developing a strategic long term plan for the development of categories for which you are responsible leading to successful delivery
  • Completing analysis to support decision making
  • Strategic sourcing of categories leading key stakeholders in the running of tenders
  • Identify and mitigate supply and commercial risks throughout the implementation process of strategy and successful tenders
  • Optimise project deliverables consistent with the expectations and objectives surrounding quality, service, cost and innovation.
  • Negotiate all the key commercial data and supplier agreements relative to a specific project.
  • Manage strategic supplier negotiations to eliminate cost.
  • Implement Supplier Rebates
  • Building and driving relationships with key vendors to improve pricing and quality of services
  • Develop special arrangements with vendors to enhance product promotions
  • Record Client gainshare and cost reduction using ERP
  • Provide category updates to the Client
  • Identify and enact supplier development opportunities that add value and aid contract delivery
  • Identify additional opportunities and actively develop mutually profitable relationships with suppliers
  • Develop strong and effective external client relationships to ensure the needs of the customer are understood and met.
  • Contribute to the development of departmental key processes

Qualifications and Skills

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Previous significant experience in a procurement or sourcing environment
  • MCIPS qualified or working towards
  • Experience in project management and/or in managing a large programme of work from sourcing to delivery
  • Strategic sourcing – experience in development of category and sourcing strategies across multiple stakeholders
  • Able to lead a project team independently as well as work as part of a team
  • Evidence of stakeholder management
  • Ability to present information in a clear, concise manner up to senior leadership team level
  • Professional and Ethical in Approach
  • Excellent Communicator at all Levels Across all Media
  • Demonstrable Track Record in Managing Direct Relationships with Major Suppliers
  • Excellent Grasp of Commercial Purchasing Opportunities and Contract Negotiation and Management Skills. Proven and Experienced Negotiator
  • Full Driving Licence and Willingness to Travel
  • Rail experience desirable but not essential


If you require any adjustments to allow you take a full and active part in the selection process, please notify us as part of your application. Please note TVS Supply Chain Solutions is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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