3 May 2018

Permanent Tactical Buyer

Co – Op – Posted by AdminManchester, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Co-op procurement is changing. Fast. We’ve created an amazing new team that’s properly set up to service a business with £11bn of annual sales. As well as providing a solid foundation for the wider procurement function, our new-look procurement operations team support colleagues across the business when they’re buying GNFR or managing supplier relationships. Now we’re looking for an ambitious tactical buyer who’ll offer a rapid reaction purchasing solution to colleagues across our business. If you can bring us the energy and resilience we’re looking for, we can offer you the chance to develop your skills and build a career with a business that’s putting people (and procurement) at the heart of its strategy.

At the Co-op, we have a well-established team of strategic category specialists, from IT and logistics, to marketing, facilities and construction. As a tactical buyer at the Co-op, you’ll be responsible for sourcing low risk and low cost goods and services in all categories, and making sure the right terms and conditions are in place. This year, we’re bringing in a new purchase to pay system (Coupa) to help centralise costs across the business. And we’ll look to you to support its integration and work with colleagues across the Co-op to get the best solutions for business needs.

What you’ll do:

• analyse Co-op supplier catalogues and identify opportunities to standardise

• analyse spend to identify tactical procurement opportunities across all categories

• ensure our procurement systems are running effectively and efficiently

• provide vital support in the integration and roll out of our new Coupa system across the business

• work with category managers and suppliers to identify potential road blocks; work with the business to establish solutions to common issues, whilst building up the experience to tackle ad-hoc problems as they arise

• directly negotiate pricing and contracts with suppliers; providing recommendations to colleagues across the business on the best value options for their needs

• champion the use of tactical sourcing as an added value service

• use your knowledge of the contracting process to make sure we have the right terms and conditions in place

To be successful, you’ll need to be a quick learner with a can-do attitude and a basic grounding in procurement. Great communication skills are a must as you’ll be working closely and building relationships with lots of suppliers and different people and strategic category teams across the business.  And if you have the drive, ambition and passion for procurement innovation we’re after, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to shape our processes and make a real impact to the way we do business.

We’d love to speak to you if:

• you have knowledge and understanding of procurement or buying

• you can bring strong analytical experience and ability

• you have good IT experience, including Excel

• you’re confident negotiating, challenging and influencing people and suppliers

• you’re able to build and manage meaningful relationships with all kinds of people

• you have experience in a similar complex and large scale organisation

• you have a relevant degree or qualification

• you’re experienced in  buying at a tactical level

Why Co-op?

When you join the Co-op you’ll become part of an organisation where principles are just as important as profits. You’ll also get a competitive salary, 28 days holiday, an annual incentive scheme, discounts on all kinds of products and services, and a pension with up to 10% employer contributions.

We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But we know that simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to create an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve.

We can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment, enabling our colleagues to adjust their hours to accommodate personal circumstances.

Closing Date: Ongoing

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Job Categories: Buyer. Job Types: Permanent. Job Tags: Job. Salary: Competitive.

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