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Role: Category Buyer
Salary: £45,000 – £50,000
Location: Uttoxeter
Type: Permanent

2fawcett have an exciting opportunity for a Category Buyer to join a leading manufacturing business in Uttoxeter on a full time, permanent basis. As a Category Buyer you will be responsible for developing category strategies to ensure the business has a robust and competitive supply chain.

Role & Responsibilities of the Category Buyer

  • Carry out detailed spend analysis and produce category reviews together with recommended category strategies in conjunction with the Head or Procurement
  • Responsible for all spend in given categories
  • Control of significant annual expenditure
  • Look at all methods of reducing spend, including specifications, usage, lifecycles, price and working capital requirements
  • Prepare specifications in conjunction with end users and issue tenders
  • Analyse tenders and award contracts
  • Negotiate with suppliers to deliver cost savings
  • Work with existing suppliers to look at new products & methods of working
  • Investigate new sources of supply and alternative products / services
  • Input purchase orders and approve purchase requisitions, as necessary
  • Develop methods and procedures of working and keep records of these up to date
  • Liaise with production, planning and other teams to provide assistance where supply issues cannot be directly solved
  • Review supplier performance and develop action plans with the supplier to improve performance where necessary
  • Work with departments such as Quality to review and audit supplier performance
  • Develop a cost saving program for own area and input data in the Budget process
  • Review contract documentation and negotiate amendments where necessary
  • Ensure contracts are up to date, pricings correct and resolve invoice queries

Requirements of the Category Buyer

  • Demonstrable track record of delivering extensive bottom line benefits
  • Ability to understand complex business issues
  • Ability to network and build strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Strong IT skills especially Excel, but also Word, Outlook and PowerPoint or equivalents
  • MRP system experience
  • Able to travel frequently according to job demands, both nationally and internationally
  • Analytical ability, with great attention to detail
  • Excellent negotiation skills

What will you get in return

  • Competitive Salary
  • Company Incentives
  • On-site Parking

Working Hours
Monday – Friday – Full time

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