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Strategic Category Buyer

We are seeking an experienced Category Buyer or Procurement Officer with a stable background to join this public sector procurement team in East London. 

 

This is an opportunity for an ambitious procurement professional to join an expanding team at an incredibly exciting point in its journey.  The organisation is in a very strong position with some big projects on the horizon.  The procurement team is expanding to move from being a smaller more generalist function to embedding a category managed approach and focusing more strategically on delivering value for money through high quality supplier arrangements. 

 

The role: 

  • To support the Category Managers on a variety of procurement projects, developing clear and detailed sourcing plans within your assigned categories. 
  • To draft, negotiate and agree clear, concise, and complete contractual documentation.
  • To inform and support the development of category strategies through extensive internal and external research and analysis to support the wider organisational strategy. 
  • To ensure market developments and innovation are monitored and considered to continually align and update sourcing and category strategies, identifying opportunities which can create a competitive advantage for the organisation. 
  • To work with cross functional project teams to deliver projects on time and with the best outcome for the organisation. 
  • To establish an effective network and influence internal stakeholders, to support procurement objectives and decision making. 
  • To maintain full compliance with all contract governance activities within agreed processes and timescales, ensuring all appropriate parties are consulted and informed. 

 

About you: 

  • An organised and efficient purchasing specialist who can demonstrate credible, trusted stakeholder engagement at all levels. 
  • An analytical thinker with the proven ability to navigate and interpret multiple data sources to inform commercial, legal / contracting and supply decisions. 
  • An individual with strong, professional, and refined negotiation skills coupled with sound commercial acumen and understanding of complex organisational issues. 
  • An excellent project manager committed to providing high levels of service. 
  • Ability to spot opportunities from an existing client base. 

 

You will have relevant experience as an indirect Category Buyer or Procurement Officer (or equivalent) with a practical knowledge of the end-to-end tendering process covering any of the following category areas of spend: 

 

Facilities Management, Estates, Professional Services, HR, Staffing & Consultancy, Pathology, Social Care, Patient Services. 

 

For further information please apply or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting the job reference.

 

Langley Search & Selection Ltd is a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Procurement Category Manager, Indirects

We are looking for an experienced Procurement Category Manager or Senior Category Buyer to join this growing procurement team in East London.  This is a permanent position which offers the option of just 2 days in the office per month.

 

Within your role as Category Manager, you’ll have responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of the procurement cycle are planned and managed to meet the programme delivery timelines. 

 

About you

  • Experience managing end-to-end procurement across a broad range of indirect categories (e.g. Professional Services, HR, Marketing, Estates, FM) and you’ll have a commitment to Continuing Professional Development and Procurement Best Practice. 
  • A strong track record of successfully developing meaningful stakeholder engagement at all levels and across different business areas to implement and embed new ways of working.
  • You'll be familiar with competitive negotiation, and you’ll have excellent communication skills combined with the ability to work closely with your peers in delivering concurrent projects to tight deadlines. 
  • Previous experience in working in a regulated environment is desirable but not essential. 

 

This is an opportunity to join a very professional and friendly public sector team where personal growth is actively encouraged.  

 

Langley Search & Selection Ltd is a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

 

For further information please apply or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting the job reference.

Indirect Sourcing Specialist

My Client a leading Financial Services Body is currently looking for an indirects Sourcing Specialist. An indirect Sourcing Specialist will report to the Procurement Lead helping internal stakeholders gain the best value from their Non-IT spend portfolio. This is an entry-level procurement role for a candidate looking to develop their procurement skills in a forward-thinking organisation.

You will work closely with the procurement lead to run tender processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to step up within their career wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience sourcing and procurement with an amazing organisation.

Skills required:

  • Experience in running simple procurement processes – including liaising with stakeholders, issuing tenders, evaluating and creating of contract documents from templates
  • Understanding of how end-to-end procurement processes work, including scoping business requirements, creating project plans
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Personable & consultative, able to build relationships with internal & external stakeholders of all levels.
  • Dealing with a broad range of internal functions such as legal, finance, risk, IT and specialist functions

For further information please email michael.babatunde@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting MB//7853.

Langley Search & Interim are a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Take a look at our website  www.langleysearch.com, join our LinkedIn community at http://bit.ly/1MzkDeV and follow us on Twitter @LangleySearch for the latest industry insight, news and more exciting opportunities.

 

IT Sourcing Specialist

My Client a leading Financial Services Body is currently looking for an IT Sourcing Specialist. IT Sourcing Specialist will report to the Procurement Lead helping internal stakeholders gain the best value from their IT spend portfolio. This is an entry-level procurement role for a candidate looking to develop their procurement skills in a forward-thinking organisation.

You will work closely with the procurement lead to run tender processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to step up within their career wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience technology, sourcing and procurement with an amazing organisation.

Skills required:

  • Experience in running simple procurement processes – including liaising with stakeholders, issuing tenders, evaluating and creating of contract documents from templates
  • Understanding of how end-to-end procurement processes work, including scoping business requirements, creating project plans
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Personable & consultative, able to build relationships with internal & external stakeholders of all levels.
  • Dealing with a broad range of internal functions such as legal, finance, risk, IT and specialist functions

 

For further information please email michael.babatunde@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting MB//7852.

Langley Search & Interim are a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Take a look at our website  www.langleysearch.com, join our LinkedIn community at http://bit.ly/1MzkDeV and follow us on Twitter @LangleySearch for the latest industry insight, news and more exciting opportunities.

 

 

 

IT Category Manager

My Client a leading Professional Services Firm is currently looking for a specialist Category Manager focusing on IT. The IT Category Manager will report to the Head of IT Procurement helping internal stakeholders gain best value from their spend portfolio.  You will join the current team in delivering strategic and procurement projects in Hardware, Software & Professional services categories.

You will work closely with the Technology department to run tender processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to step up within their career wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience technology, sourcing and procurement with an amazing brand.

Skills required:

  • Sourcing and procurement experience, across the categories of IT, Software & Hardware
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Experience in developing best practice governance, procedures and policies which protect the business from risk
  • Personable & consultative, able to build relationships with internal & external stakeholders of all levels.

 

Experience Required:

  • Experience working in blue-chip organisations.
  • Ideally educated to degree level
  • Procurement technical skills including negotiation skills, contract drafting, drafting of relevant RfPs etc and use of category management techniques in setting category plans
  • The ability to draw together requirements across multiple or individual business units and gain consensus on the procurement plan from the business
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills.

 

For further information please email michael.babatunde@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting MB//7823.

Langley Search & Interim is a specialist search firm and interim provider of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain roles across the UK, Europe and Internationally. We place senior-level interim and permanent positions from global multinationals to SMEs, across Consumer, Industrial, Public Sector and Technology & Professional Services.

Take a look at our website at www.langleysearch.com, join our LinkedIn community at http://bit.ly/1MzkDeV and follow us on Twitter @LangleySearch for the latest industry insight, news and more exciting opportunities. As the leading niche recruiter of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain jobs we also provide valued career advice and support services for candidates.

Unfortunately due to the high levels of response we receive, we are often unable to personally respond to every application. If you are suitable for the role for which you have applied or another role, we will contact you within 3 working days.

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