about 1 year ago
Associate Buyer - UK Procurement
We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day. About the role As an Associate Buyer you will be part of a team responsible for strategic procurement operations you’ll start by supporting with daily procurement operations supporting the Senior Procurement staff. You will then move on to running your own sourcing events which you will manage from start to finish, as well as continuing to support Senior Buyers and Category Managers with their events.You will also work with Contract Managers to ensure the successful delivery of contracted activities, identifying continuous improvement opportunities through engagement with suppliers and stakeholders, and maximising value for money from contracts awarded.Contribute to an effective forward planning process by identifying future requirements of supported areas and ensure robust forecasting is put in place that maximises value of goods / services procured.About you Ideally you’ve worked in strategic sourcing and category management before. However, Procurement experience isn’t essential. More important are a degree (or equivalent), good commercial acumen and a motivated, organised approach. If you’re ready to learn and take on responsibility, we’ll give you the opportunity to build your talents within a supportive, experienced team. With our professionals to guide you, you’ll become adept at using analytical tools, presenting data, managing stakeholders and handling contracts. With drive, initiative and strong communication skills, you’ll become a valuable member of National Grid. If you’re not MCIPS-qualified already, we’ll expect you to work towards thisWho we areAt National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. Accredited training programmes and personal development courses are a part of life here. We value and encourage diversity of thought, whatever your background. By creating an inclusive, switched-on workforce, we drive performance and deliver excellence. Which is exactly what we need to achieve our vision of creating sustainable energy solutions, for today and tomorrow.The closing date for this vacancy is 3rd October 2017. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.