Junior Buyer/Sourcing Specialist

05 Apr 2019
18 Apr 2019
Job Function
Recruitment Consultant
Contract Type
Full Time

Becoming a Buyer/Sourcing Specialist with Capita Southampton Ltd

Location - Southampton

As part of Capita Southampton Ltd (CSL) Procurement Operations team, this varied role involves the undertaking of Spend Management, Spot Buying and Quotation activities across all addressable spend below ??100,000.

In addition to the core responsibilities associated with this position, team members will be supported by Procurement Category teams who will provide (where required), training and development in Public Contracts Regulations and above EU threshold procurement activities. Therefore, a key pre-requisite for this position is a willingness to develop both yourself and the service, with an adaptability to change pace and priorities, where and when required. This position will afford the opportunity to work on full OJEU projects when capacity dictates.

Competitive salary and benefits

What you will do:

  • Proactively review data and identify opportunity to aggregate requirements and recommend opportunities for cost avoidance;

  • Manage and execute the end-to-end tactical buying process for general, low to mid value spend categories across all addressable spend;

  • Attend client meetings as required to discuss and understand client requirements and specifications to identify and deliver optimal tactical buying outcomes;

  • Receiving and processing/placing and/or expediting (where appropriate) Requisition Orders through a variety of workflow tools following client specific policy and process;

  • Support sourcing managers by providing client insight in areas such as savings opportunities, spend aggregation and increase the development and use of catalogues;

  • Act as lead on a specific project or element of the spend management process, and provide support, guidance and mentoring to clients unfamiliar with the Sub ??100k buying process;

  • Support team members with issues and identification of potential solutions including work sharing, peer checking and reporting etc;

  • Identify and deliver savings targets against client contractual agreements and personal objectives;

  • Undertaking the end to end management of quotation activities including market research, supply options appraisal, to identify opportunities to reduce costs and drive process efficiencies;

  • Utilisation of eRfX tools and execution of standardised tactical buying tools and techniques;

  • Provide client specific advice on relevant legislation and ensure adherence to client specific policies and processes (i.e. contract procedure rules, OJEU);

  • Accountable for delivering compliant tendering processes including advertising opportunities, publishing internal client-created tender documents (SQ/ITT etc.), managing the tender/bid clarification & evaluation process, managing the contract award process;

Your experience will include:

  • 2-3 year's minimum experience of working in a similar role

  • Proven track record in delivering savings initiatives via procurement processes

  • Excellent data input and accuracy skills

  • Proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook

  • A working knowledge of ERP and eRfX systems

  • A working knowledge, and understanding, of Public Contracts Regulations (OJEU) legislation desirable

  • Studying, or a desire to attain CIPS accreditation

About Capita

CSL are part of Capita Plc, the UK's leading provider of business process management and integrated professional support service solutions. Through quality solutions, tailored to our customers' needs, we've helped countless organisations unlock value and maximise their potential. With access to our range of unique and diverse opportunities, offering real career advancement and progression, we can unlock your potential too.

What's in it for you?

At Capita, we believe an open, transparent working environment that encourages ingenuity and collaboration - with colleagues, customers and clients - is what makes us so effective at what we do.

As well as a generous basic salary, we also give you 23 day's holiday (rising to 27, company matched pension scheme and access to a variety of voluntary benefit options. These include a share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle, such as retail, health & wellbeing and leisure discounts.

You'll be joining a network of some of the most experienced, innovative and dedicated people in the country - the opportunities to learn new skills, develop in your career and grow and as we grow are almost endless. Our mission is to help you realise your potential - whatever that means to you.

What we hope you will do next

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Capita Resourcing operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender identity or gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.