Category Buyer – Indirects

A brilliant opportunity to join our busy procurement team.

What’s it all about?

  • Develop and implement successful buying strategies to deliver to business requirements, specific objectives and targets within timelines as agreed.
  • Conduct sourcing activity for categories using the approved processes and e-sourcing platforms.
  • Support the P2P process from Procurement and champion the adoption of best practice within the team and wider business
  • Lead all governance assessments for Indirect category, including but not limited to; anti-bribery and corruption, data protection and modern slavery
  • Engage with business stakeholders to promote better buying skills and act as a Procurement ambassador within the company
  • Lead and/or represent the Procurement department on specific cross-functional projects and support the Procurement team on strategic activity outside of own portfolio of spend categories.
  • Represent the JDR Procurement department on specific cross-business activity with other businesses within the ABF Procurement community.
  • Ensure great supplier performance and relationship development through commercial relationships
  • Deliver optimal value for money from the company’s supplier expenditure whilst ensuring business needs are fully met.

Key Accountabilities 

  • Working with key stakeholders to develop and implement successful sourcing strategies to deliver business requirements and savings targets
  • To source indirect goods and services, using the approved processes and tools (including e-sourcing), ensuring transparent and competitive sourcing events are conducted in line with policy and procedures
  • Conduct robust and detailed spend analysis to identify areas of opportunity for value creation and identify risk
  • Working alongside our network of informal buyers to help the business to ‘Buy Better’
  • Ensuring our suppliers meet our high standards and deliver additional value through strong supplier management practice
  • To lead and/or represent the procurement department on specific cross-functional projects.
  • Implement robust contracts and agreements and monitor Supplier performance to contract with selected suppliers for their categories
  • Ensure business risks are understood and managed as far as possible (supply, CSR/ethics, governance etc.) for their spend categories.
  • To take responsibility for current and future budgets for own category areas and provide updates on category performance against these budgets.
  • Acting in a safe manner to protect the health and safety of yourself and others at all times.
  • Playing a supporting role in managing ethical risk and opportunity

What does "great" look like?

Great Judgement
  • Confident approach with stakeholders, building credibility quickly but willing to listen to others
  • Takes initiative and has a proactive/self-starter approach
  • Sound judgement on decision making and when to escalate
  • Able to balance time effectively and use a structured approach to identifying priorities
People Focused
  • Shows good interpersonal skills and a team player, supporting within own and wider team
  • Applies value for money approach in all activities
  • Understands the business needs and seeks to fulfil these in the most cost-effective manner
  • Demonstrates effective stakeholder management in order to fulfil business needs
  • Uses strong influencing skills to deliver value for the business
  • Operates in a manner which encourages consultation and communication from others.
Action Orientated
  • Results oriented focus ensures delivery of business benefits
  • Delivers to time and quality on all projects/areas of responsibilities
  • Passionate about our brands.

Experience and Skills

  • Achieved significant cost savings/service improvements using traditional and creative procurement approaches whilst maintaining service and quality.
  • Analytical/Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply best practice procurement principles to a wide range of expenditure, showing transferability of skills and approaches and the ability to quickly identify the key drivers of a particular category/service
  • Negotiating and defining contract terms
  • Project management
  • Category Management sourcing process knowledge
  • E-Procurement methodology
  • Change management.
At Jordans Dorset Ryvita, our brands have great credentials in environmental sustainability and working with farmers to protect the countryside. Our brands are naturally delicious and sold internationally worldwide.  We’re also a friendly bunch who support each other to do the very best we can and make JDR a great place to work.

Jordans Dorset Ryvita is part of Associated British Foods (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group, employing 128,000 employees worldwide.

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Closing date for applications: 24 November 2022
Position: Full Time
Location: Biggleswade - Head Office

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