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Senior Buyer

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £55k - 60k per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 8 months ago

  • Sector: Rail, Construction, Civil Engineering
  • Contact: Harry Sharrard
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 0121 716 2662
  • Expiry Date: 30 January 2024
  • Job Ref: 404871HS1

Purpose of the Role
To provide our delivery teams with a professional materials, plant and service supply. This
will also involve taking the primary responsibility for placement of subcontract orders and
communicating effectively internally across the business, with external suppliers and other
bodies as directed by the Procurement Manager

Key Success Measures

• Safety & Ethics – Support the implementation of the Business Conduct Guides,
Environment and Quality (SHEQ)
strategy, associated actions and resulting initiatives, to deliver continuous
improvement in all areas.
• Excellence – Ensure work is carried out with a continuous view to profitability and
efficiency and look after our shareholders by guaranteeing that they see value for
money and a profitable business. Quality is key to competitiveness. Take
responsibility for delivering on time and on budget a high quality product or service,
which Colas Rail can take pride in.
• People – Demonstrate respect for colleagues, our clients and the environment in
all areas of work.

Key Areas of Responsibility & Accountability

To drive value from the supply chain through effective supply chain selection,
segmentation, relationship management and development, and robust
performance management
• To ensure an effective supply chain structure is in place for their area, with clear
ownership of key subcontractor relationships, whilst ensuring a consistent
approach across the Business Unit.
• Implement the Supply Chain Strategy and deliver in line with the Midland Metro
Alliance Success Factors.
• Provide input into subcontractor selection and the development of project tender
lists and then lead the supply chain involvement
• Where required, support and / or lead subcontract procurement and develop
package procurement strategies.
• Prepare tender enquiries and send out for pricing in accordance with the project
Procurement Schedules to meet the project programme
• Lead the Procurement element for any Tenders, contributing to pre-start and
coordination meetings
• Draft and prepare contract documentation using standard Colas Rail templates or
the NEC3 working alongside the Colas Rail legal team to ensure compliance
• Effectively communicate project requirements to the supply chain through a variety
of communication channels
• Continual identification of any Procurement related risks and opportunities,
whether at Programme of Project level and reporting them onto the ARM Risk
Software system
Ongoing development and running of the supplier relationship management
process in conjunction with other members of the Procurement Team
• Develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels within the organisation to
ensure that procurement is seen as a valued contributor to the success of the
• Drive a culture of constant improvement identify and implement initiatives in order
in increase business-wide effectiveness and efficiency
• Attend Project Meeting / Progress Reviews as and when required / requested by
the Project teams Organisation and management of individual daily workload
• Data reporting as and requested by the Procurement Manager
• Work with a focus on Continuous Improvement and ensure suppliers deliver on
time, cost and quality in line with the project requirements
• As you will expect the organisation may change from time to time and you will be
expected to meet the operational requirements
• Any other reasonable duties as required from time to time
• As you will expect the organisation may change from time to time and you will be
expected to meet the operational requirements.
• Any other reasonable duties as required from time to time.

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience
o Minimum of three years’ experience within Construction / Civil
Engineering sector working at senior level within a large multi business
unit or project environment,
o Ability to demonstrate attention to detail with regard to contractual
obligations and the placement of orders
o Knowledge of best practice supply chain management tools
o Demonstrable commercial awareness, with the ability to control and
monitor budgets
o Finely tuned communication skills with regard to engaging with external
and internal parties
• Skills/Qualifications
o Evidence of a sound education which should include English and Maths
GCSE at grade A-C or above, or equivalent
o MCIPS or equivalent is desirable, including ‘working towards’
o Industry-related qualifications are desirable, and could include:
▪ Trade-related qualification
▪ Other professional qualification
▪ ONC/HNC/HND/Degree
o IT literate and proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office packages and
Procurement software
o Strong people skills with the ability to liaise with all levels of personnel
o A full UK driving licence is desirable as travelling to site may be required
• Personal Qualities
o To demonstrate a proactive work ethic
o To ensure high levels of accuracy and information assurance
o Ensuring confidentiality of financial and operational information relating to
MMA and the Supply Chain
o To act professionally in all work environments and in all interactions with
o To work effectively within a team, sharing best practice, while also having
the ability to make decisions in a fast-moving environment
o Ability to be flexible and evolve due to the ever-changing nature of the
Construction / Civil Engineering industry
o To have a passion and take a pride in delivering true best value
o Honesty and high standard of Ethics in line with CIPS guidelines

Behavioural Skills

Energy – ‘Get up and go’ attitude of a leader
• Energise – Lead, manage and inspire my team
• Edge – Maximise my personal edge
• Execute – Make things happen
• Engage – Stay close to the client

Stronger Together Principles (not covered above)
• Innovation
• Marketing, Business development & Sales
• Best in Class Practices
• Communication & Identity
• External Growth 


Please contact Harry Sharrard at Anderselite for more information, via LinkedIn.