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Category Buyer

About the role

We are currently looking for a Category Buyer to join a prestigious academic institution based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

As part of a new and growing team, this role reports into the Category Manager.

The salary is £24,272 - £28,166.

Purpose of the role:

To support a fast-paced and busy working environment as part of the wider Procurement team.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide operational support to the Category Manager with category specialist purchases and requests
  • Facilitate the purchasing process from receipt of requirements to placement of the purchase order
  • Run regular and ad hoc contract renewals reports, coordinate the renewal of assigned category contracts with the relevant service owners and assist the Category Manager with more complex and larger renewals
  • Support the Category Managers in running the Supplier Relationship Management processes for their selected contracts by running reports, providing data and populating performance dashboards, setting up and attending meetings and preparing meeting notes and actions
  • Develop and maintain a specialist knowledge and expertise of own area of responsibility, providing guidance to others as appropriate
  • Deliver excellent customer service and provide a welcoming, efficient, helpful and informative service

Required experience:

  • Detailed understanding of procurement processes and experience in coordinating complex approval processes
  • Experience in dealing with suppliers on a transactional level, requesting quotations and negotiating pricing
  • Experience working with defined procurement specialist processes, systems and procedures
  • Experience delivering operational purchasing support, including taking ownership of obtaining approval from all relevant approval groups (IT, Legal, HR, Marketing and Finance) as appropriate


You will have the ability to work well with others, and be able to plan and prioritise your own work.

If you’re interested in this role of Category Buyer, click ‘Apply Now’ and a member of our team will be in touch.

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