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Procurement – Buyer

Sheffield Head Office
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Responsible for the day to day management of a purchasing and materials management function with focus on continuous improvement within purchasing.


  • Identifying allocated purchasing activities to achieve best value for money.
  • Assisting the Senior Procurement Manager to deliver against the annual savings plan by identifying, achieving and recording cost savings.
  • Working with senior managers to assist with improvements and streamlining of processes to reduce costs.
  • Monitor costs within budget associated with bid/projects negotiating with suppliers where appropriate
  • Optimise supply and support costs to improve the profitability of the company
  • Ensure that preferred supplier agreements are used in all cases where appropriate
  • Introduce and manage rebate agreements
  • Issue requests for quotations to suppliers where necessary
  • Negotiate the payment terms to suit the business needs
  • Managing the vetting and selecting new suppliers
  • Manage a portfolio of suppliers and commodities to ensure quality, delivery, specification, service, and cost requirements are met
  • Represent the first level of resolution of receipt-related disputes with suppliers.
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement
  • Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business
  • Work collaboratively and negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and production activities
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact
  • Attend meetings and update others on issues or concerns, in particular when there is a risk which could prevent the organisation meeting customer demands or where there are over capacity concerns

Qualifications and Experience Levels

  • Proven purchasing experience MCIPS qualification preferred but not essential
  • Proven experience within the rail industry
  • Strong negotiation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Analytical, numerically astute with strong proven problem-solving abilities
  • Commercially and financially aware
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Confident, rounded thinking
  • Is assertive, optimistic and open to change
  • Proactively contributes to the team
  • Resilient, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure
  • Embraces personal challenge
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy


  • Comply at all times to the requirements of Linbrooke Services HSQE policies and in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • Actively support & encourage Linbrooke Services Ltd HSQE principles across projects.
  • Actively support the health and welfare of colleagues


  • Delivery of all work in accordance with Linbrooke Services quality procedures and customer specified standards and specifications

The salary for this position is dependent on experience and will be discussed at Interview stage.

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