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Category Buyer

About the role

We are currently looking for a Category Buyer to join our client, an award-winning, high performing, academic institution based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

As a Category Buyer, you will be responsible for providing a professional, customer-focused and effective buying service for the assigned categories.


  • Facilitate the purchasing process from receipt of requirement to placement of the purchase order ensuring that all relevant approvals are in place

  • Provide operational support to the Category Manager with category specialist purchases and requests

  • Support the category manager in running the supplier relationship management process for their selected contracts

  • Contribute to the finance strategy, by organising, planning and prioritizing own work activities and the work of others where appropriate, to ensure short, medium and long term objectives are achieved

  • Develop and maintain a specialist knowledge and expertise of own area of responsibility, providing guidance to others as appropriate

Required Experience

  • Detailed understanding of procurement processes

  • Experience of delivering operational purchasing support

  • Experience in contract renewal process

  • Experience dealing with suppliers on a transactional level

  • Understanding of supplier relationship management processes


  • 35 days annual leave + bank holidays

  • Excellent employer pension contributions

  • Learning and development opportunities

  • Discounted travel

  • Nurseries and childcare discounts

If you are interested in this Category Buyer role, click 'apply now' and a member of our team will be in touch.

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