About the role

Here at Balfour Beatty, our work inspires communities and advances society. Our commitment to sustainability looks even further generations further.

Join our Living Places team as a Senior Buyer and you'll be part of our legacy.

This role is based in Lincolnshire.

What you'll be doing

As a Senior Buyer you will have the following accountabilities:

  • Management of the end-to-end procurement activities for the sourcing of subcontracts, materials, plant, and equipment for the Lincolnshire contract. There may also be a requirement to support other contracts in the Business Unit as required
  • Compiling procurement strategies, preparation of RFQs / ITTs, management, and evaluation of returns, and making sourcing recommendations to award contracts
  • Manage specific supply chains within the Contract to monitor performance and drive continuous improvement to support Contract and Business Unit key objectives
  • build upon existing supply chain capacity and expertise, develop relationships with new suppliers where appropriate, and embed collaborative working with the customer and the supply chain

Who we're looking for

The following qualities/experience are required:

  • The ability to adopt a pragmatic, yet disciplined approach to process compliance, is essential
  • Experience of Oracle R12 or other ERP systems and Jaggaer e-procurement platforms advantageous; however, training can be provided if applicant has no experience of these
  • An understanding of how to run end to end procurement projects from market research, through sourcing, to contract and supplier management
  • Experience in Category Management, SRM and SPM is desirable
  • Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against bid / project milestones
  • Well-developed negotiation skills are essential, along with experience of running tenders and negotiating complex deals of high value/ business impact, with a track record of delivering value
  • Analytical, numerically astute with well-developed problem-solving abilities
  • Well-developed commercial nous and an awareness of financial risks and how to manage them
  • Robust problem-solving skills, ability to use own initiative to identify areas of improvement and propose solutions
  • Able to prioritise a challenging workload of competing priorities
  • Highly customer focused and desire to meet and exceed customer expectations

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

The way we live our lives is changing fast: where and how we live, work, travel, shop, relax and socialise. The evolving nature of our society means we all need to shape our environment to meet a complex array of individual and collective needs.

Living Places works in partnership with Local Authorities to consult, finance, design, build and manage the essential place infrastructure that local communities and national economies need to prosper and grow.

We are right at the heart of a dynamic place shaping agenda that brings Local Authorities, local communities, Central Government, and the Private Sector together to create safe, sustainable, flexible and dynamic public spaces geared to community social need, economic growth and personal well-being as well as being environmentally sustainable.

The provision of maintenance services for highways is only a small part of what is really needed. Our focus has moved beyond the road to deliver the potential of the street: a dynamic public place that connects and combines local community and business needs, encourages social interaction and helps pedestrians, motorists, bus riders, and cyclists to coexist safely. Building great public spaces with resource efficient assets enables functional, flexible and inspirational places to be at the heart of the community.

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at www.balfourbeatty.com/value_everyone

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrateour commitment to taking key long termand sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, weare committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

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