Lead Buyer

Location Stockton-on-Tees
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Mark Swindle

Contact email: mark@superior-recruitment.com
Published: 6 days ago

​Superior Recruitment Group are looking for an experienced Lead Buyer on behalf of our client based in Stockton-on-Tees. This is a full time staff position.

Primary purpose of role

Work with all members of the Procurement team to achieve results and develop good working relationships. Ensure goods and services are procured in line with client policies and procedures, achieving value for money. Engage, develop & manage assigned reports. Aid the Procurement Management Team in the strategic development of the Supplier Base.

Major Duties

  • Promote and monitor compliance with good client procurement policies and best practice ensuring probity and ethics across the business, working alongside other support functions including Legal, Finance & HR.

  • Co-ordinate with all sites to support general and Capital and Project Procurement activities.

  • Manage, develop, and engage assigned reports, being clear about job and team requirements, monitoring and addressing development, performance & welfare actions.

  • Manage and develop contracts for goods and services considering contract strategy, commercial structure, terms and conditions of contract, and cross site efficiencies and initiatives

  • Comply with purchasing systems and procedures, ensuring value & quality added goods and services are procured.

  • Manage and maintain the invitation to tender processes. Develop contracts considering terms and conditions, structure, strategy, and cross-site initiatives.

  • Effectively work with assigned project teams, internal customers, and the Procurement team to develop and improve contracts, terms & conditions, structure, strategy, and performance.

  • Contract management, including identifying supply chain efficiencies and supplier performance issues.

  • Provide ongoing contract management with nominated technical representatives and customers to support the successful achievement of projects.

  • Effectively communicate ideas & info helping to understand.

  • Contract process ownership including invitation to tender and post contract management for the client. Understand customer needs & provide consistently excellent service and the ability to adapt and work effectively across all situations.

Qualifications & Professional Accreditation


  • Working towards or fully qualified Member of CIPS (MCIPS)


  • Degree: in engineering, procurement, business, or project management.

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience


  • Contract development & administration including: - Terms and Conditions - Structure - Strategy - Cross business asset coordination - Performance monitoring - Problem resolution.

  • Contract management including : - Identification of supply chain efficiencies & performance issues. - Liaison with nominated technical representatives. Project & Capex purchasing support. Management/admin of invitation to tender processes.

  • Procurement systems, procedures & systems development.

  • Ethical purchasing principles & practices.

  • Procurement processes & their relationship with business processes Commercial awareness to ensure goods & services are procured at the best price, quality and delivery times.

  • Office: Word: creating documents; Excel: Formatting spreadsheets. Procurement databases


  • Commercial awareness of UK energy markets, legislation & regs.

  • Best practice commercial negotiation for major capital & revenue procurement projects.

  • Co-ordinate & manage client &/or supplier audits.

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of procurement management systems.

  • SAP, MAXIMO, AX Dynamics, Q4

Behavioural Competencies

  • Communicating with others: Expresses ideas & info clearly, in a way which helps people understand.

  • Working together: Works with others to achieve results & develop good working relationships

  • Customer focus & agility:- Understands the needs of the customer providing excellent service at all times with the ability to adapt to change & work effectively in a variety of situations.

  • Self-improvement: Actively improves by developing new & enhancing existing skills & knowledge, learns from past experiences & adapts behaviour in response to feedback

  • Efficient & effective delivery: Takes responsibility for personal outcomes within job responsibilities & is focused on achieving results

For more information and to apply, please submit your up to date CV and our specialist team will be in touch as soon as possible.