Vacancy Type

Job Description

Job Title: Category Buyer (Indirect)

Location: Gaydon / Hybrid

Rate: £36.50ph via an Umbrella Company (Inside IR35) or £27.68ph PAYE

Employment Type: Contract (Currently financed until 31/03/2025)

Hours: Standard 40 Hours Per Week

Reference: J39439

Job Description:

The candidate will have overall responsibility and leadership for all Purchasing activities within specified categories, including:
  • Responsible for sourcing in line with Strategy Category Plan (SCP) through the Global Sourcing Process to the point of Contract / Purchase Order for their sub-categories.
  • Lead continuous improvements in purchasing activities by supporting COE initiatives / activities for their respective sub-categories.
  • Responsible for internal stakeholder alignment on strategy and sourcing, including key focus on regional inputs and regional deployment for their sub-categories.
  • Responsible for Global category strategy development and deployment to deliver company cost and quality targets through sourcing within the Global markets for their sub-categories.
  • Support Delivery Team in supplier relationships through the Contract Management and Supplier Performance Management process for their sub-categories.
Personal Profile:
  • An individual able to deliver quality and consistency in a complex and highly demanding environment.
  • A self-motivated individual who uses initiative and problem solver – focussed on delivering results.
  • An individual with the capability to combine a short-term, pragmatic focus with medium-term planning.
  • Works well under pressure of conflicting priorities.
  • A strong communicator with the ability to understand and to communicate complex ideas.
  • An effective Team Player, actively develops and supports Team Members. 
  • Proactive Team Player, who is happy to be hands on and work with a small Team.
  • Proven track record of demonstrating logic and analytical thinking.
  • An individual with the ability to challenge existing thinking in a positive way whilst building credibility and trust through experience and personal style.
  • A resilient and enthusiastic individual who responds constructively to new ideas and inputs.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Savings in-line with the savings target (Budgetary and Value Add) for their sub-categories.
  • SCP Approvals in-line with targets for their sub-categories.
  • Supplier rationalisation in-line with targets for their sub-categories.
  • Sourcing timing / GSP / Sourcing Board Review adherence and First Time Through for their sub-categories.
  • Contract Management KPI’s tbc (Change management, ongoing cost performance, problem resolution timing etc.) for their sub-categories. 
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:
Category Strategy:

  • Responsible for SCP delivery, ensuring completion line with annual SCP targets for their sub-categories.
  • Responsible for ensuring the SCP is kept up-to-date in-line with the annual review target for their sub-categories.
  • Accountable for ensuring analytics on suppliers, market and business requirements is available for their sub-categories (analytics will be provided by the analyst function)
  • Accountable for application of SCP to specific sourcing requirements including supplier selection and go to market approach in-line with policy for their sub-categories.
  • Responsible for delivering sourcing in-line with policy and to agreed targets through GSP and deploying Total Cost of Ownership approach.
  • Accountable for leading complex supplier negotiations including legal and financial approval Pre-contract / Purchase Order, engaging Specialist Teams and Global Purchasing Finance as required for their sub-category.
  • Responsible for Global Strategy Approach Document submission and GSP process adherence for their sub-category.
  • Lead Stakeholder alignment in relation to strategy creation and implementation for their sub-category.
  • Ensure alignment with Regional Buying Colleagues to ensure strategic or tactical sourcing is in-line with strategy for their sub-category.
  • Responsible for their sub-category delivery against savings targets.
  • Identify Make vs Buy and business justification when required and support analysis for their sub-category.
  • Responsible for Supply Chain Risk Management for their sub-category.
  • Responsible for ensuring Regional Buying Teams are adhering to the sub-category strategy within the region.
  • Engage with specialist functions where required GPF, Risk, OGC.
  • Maintain lead for supplier interaction.
Key Interactions:
  • Stakeholders / Budget holders / Requisitioner departments.
  • Suppliers within category - normally Account / Sales Director.
  • Finance controller for project / programme or requisitioner functional area.
  • External industry forums.
  • OGC (Legal Team).
  • Supplier Risk Team.
  • Regional Buying Teams (Slovakia India China Brazil).
  • GPF (Global Purchasing Finance).
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of indirect procurement of goods and services.
  • MCIPS or working towards the qualification.
  • Experience of negotiating terms and conditions.
  • Commercial awareness and negotiation skills.
  • Understand Category Management Principles.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Global business understanding and experience.
  • Relationship Management - internal and external.
  • Category knowledge and demonstrated experience.
  • Flexibility and agility to be able to adjust to changing business needs.
  • An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment.
Additional Information:

Main site will be Gaydon with 1-day minimum, and 1-day minimum at a stakeholder site mainly Solihull and the West Midlands area

This role is INSIDE IR35

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Our Clients are unable to provide sponsorship for Tier 2 General Visas; therefore, only candidates eligible to work in the UK need apply!
Caresoft Global Limited operates as an Employment Business and Employment Agency. 
We are an independent highly-experienced recruitment consultancy dedicated to specialist markets within the Automotive, Aerospace, Agricultural & Construction Industries. 
No terminology within this advert is intended to unlawfully discriminate on the grounds of age, sex, race or disability and we welcome all applications.

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