Procurement Category Buyer

Procurement Category Buyer

Pinsent Masons
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We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Procurement Category Buyer to join our Central Procurement and Contracts Team. This role can be based from either our Birmingham, Leeds or Glasgow Office.

Role Overview

The Central Procurement and Contracts (CPC) team combines procurement and legal contract expertise working together to support the firm in its sourcing, contracting and management of 3rd party suppliers, both in the UK and other jurisdictions where the firm has a presence.

The team operates a centre lead approach working with representatives across the various business functions (referred to as the 'buying community') using established policies, procedures and work practices to provide a 'best practice' approach to sourcing, contracting and supply management.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Procurement Category Buyer to join the team based in either Birmingham / Leeds / Glasgow.

  • To work alongside the Procurement Category Managers in driving a category management approach across the firm.
  • Providing general procurement support across all indirect category areas i.e. Facilities, HR, IT, Marketing, Professional Services.
  • Lead tenders and negotiations to deliver best commercial terms and mitigate risk.
  • To support the development of contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • To support the analysis of supplier spend and identify areas for improvement.
  • To provide a high quality of service to internal customers.
  • Work with suppliers to ensure the firm gains best value from its supplier relationships.
  • To support the development of the buying community and processes and polices to support the sourcing and contract process.
  • To support the rollout to new buying areas (International offices). 

Candidate Overview

  • 3 to 5 years equivalent procurement experience ideally with CIPS to at least Level 4.
  • Experience in developing and implementing category strategies across at least one of the relevant categories.
  • Strong and proven negotiating skills.
  • Commercial awareness with evidence of cost saving achievements.
  • An understanding of contract terms.
  • Experience in using e-procurement tools and / or contract management systems.
  • The ability to persuade and influence.
  • Good communications skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Good numeracy and financial analytical skills (Excel / Power BI).

What can we offer you?

  • Join a global, innovative and forward thinking firm;
  • Agile working i.e. the opportunity to work from home, subject to diary commitments;
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement and the opportunity to purchase or roll over 5 days;
  • Up to 5 days' carers/parental leave per year;
  • Contributory pension of up to 5%;
  • Private healthcare;
  • Death in service cover (4 x base salary);
  • Eligibility to apply for an interest free season ticket loan, an interest free gym membership loan and/or an interest free rental deposit loan;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Access to training and development to refresh or enhance your current skillset;

Salary is up to £50,000 per annum, depending on experience.

For any queries or for a copy of the full job description then please contact our in-house recruiter Glenn Wilshaw. Please note we only accept CVs that are logged on the Recruitment portal.

At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

About our culture:
Champion change, promote progress and enable everyone, to make business work better for people.

Our purpose informs everything we do. In combination with our code and values it gives us a clear direction for how we can make business work better for people ‑ for you, our colleagues, our clients and the wider community.

How flexible working works with us:
As part of the firm's HR strategy we are committed to being supportive about flexible working patterns and consider it important that we allow all individuals the opportunity to take advantage of flexible working should they wish to and if the firm can accommodate it. At application stage our recruitment team are happy to discuss what flexibility is required and will always have open and honest conversations with the hiring team to agree what works for you and the business.

We are a truly agile firm and believe work is something we do and not somewhere we go. Agile workers may work from any location – including but not necessarily from home. They may also break up their working day to enable them to take time out for caring, family or other interests and responsibilities, before completing their work outside traditional, 'core' office hours.

In 2021 we introduced a Carers Policy to help support individuals in the business with significant caring responsibilities, allowing up to five days paid carers leave per year on top of the standard holiday allowance.

How we support parents:
- Flexible working policy
- Agile working policy
- Carers Leave policy
- At senior support level, you are entitled to private healthcare for you and your immediate family
- Employee Assistance Programme provides lots of useful information on looking after your health and wellbeing of you and your family
- Access to a savings platform to get discounts and offers from some of the UK's most popular retailers and attractions.
- Family Matters support network
- Maternity/ Paternity leave
- Global Family Leave (new in 2022) offering new parents – whether expecting or adopting – 16 weeks of paid leave up to the child’s first birthday, for parents of any gender, regardless of where you are based.

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