Category:Commercial Jobs
Location:North Yorkshire (Drax)
Salary:Approx £30,000pa


We are looking for a buyer to effectively and efficiently source and manage the procurement cycle from concept to contract placement for a spend portfolio processing and influencing between 15-80m per annum on low and medium risk purchasing solutions, whilst delivering value, managing risk and providing stakeholder support.

This is a 12 month fixed term contract.

 Main Duties:

 •       Providing professional purchasing advice and support to DPL employees in routine and non­ routine purchase of goods and services to maximise the value to the company whilst maintaining programme and technical specification requirements. To manage the procurement cycle from concept to contract placement and hand-over with a continuing high level overview throughout operation.

•       Leading the portfolio analysis activity. Identifying critical relationships and appropriat e strategies to manage strategic suppliers, bottleneck suppliers and suppliers to leverage value from.

•       Ensuring all purchasing arrangements are executed correctly, efficiently, utilising the most appropriate method in line with all UK legislative and Drax policy requirements. Ensure end users are aware of their own, the company and the supplier' s obligations in relation to those contractual relationships.

•       Actively working with internal stakeholders to understand the business requirements and challenges. Take account of these issues and their implications in determining procurement solutions. Work together for effective resolutions accordingly.

•       Developing relationships with external stakeholders to understand market developments, challenges and opportunities. Actively managing key stock suppliers to drive performance improvements.

•       Carrying out continuous spend reviews to identify opportunities for cost reduction or added benefits. Work to consolidate expenditure to maximise discounts or rebates  accordingly .

•       Assisting in the delivery of continuous improvement to process and practices.

•       Developing own purchasing understanding, technical knowledge and skills, including acceptable risk levels to the business and the precedent contract terms suit e.

Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter online explaining why you have applied for this role and why your skills and experience match the requirements of this role. If successful, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence proving your academic/vocational qualifications and membership of professional bodies, including all those stated in your application form/CV whether required for the role or not. Do not claim the qualification on your CV if you cannot do this.


•       Either 3 years buying experience or working toward MCIPS qualification.

•       Thorough understanding of the procurement cycle and processes and a good level of commercial awareness.

•       Understands the legal and business requirements, responsibilities and accountabilities.

•       Has strong communication and influencing skills (including strong negotiation skills) at all levels both internally and externally with the ability to suggest new ideas and ways of working. Confident, resilient and calm under pressure. Able to communicate effectively to all levels of the business.

•       High level of personal integrity

•       A self-starter with a 'can do/will do' attitude who has the energy, drive and commitment to make things happen.

•       Strong planning, co-ordination and organisational skills.

•       Strong written and verbal skills.

•       A team player- supports colleagues and works with others to achieve best outcome.

•       Collaboratively work with key stakeholders and when required support other members of the team.

•       Demonstrate  a can do attitude and be accountable for  your own performance.

•       Seek out and improve areas of efficiency and process optimisation.

•       Proactively understand, sponsor and drive alignment of deliverables to meet business strategic objectives.

•       Confident in own skills, knowledge  and ability to discuss, decide and support own decisions.

•       Work on own initiative with a moderate level of independence and autonomy with decision making; some supervision.

•       Regular interface with managers, supervisors and other internal and external stakeholders (DPL + Group employees and Suppliers and Contractors), requiring influencing, negotiation skills in addition to relationship building and management.

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