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Senior Buyer Civil Engineering

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £45k - 55k per year + Negotiable based on experience per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Rail, Construction, Civil Engineering
  • Contact: Tim Smyth
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 0121 200 5520
  • Expiry Date: 22 October 2021
  • Job Ref: 394107TSH

Job Title:              Senior Buyer Civil Engineering
Location:             Birmingham City Centre
Sector:                  Construction, Civil Engineering, Infrastructure, MMA Tram,
Type:                    Permanent role
Start:                     Q4 2021 (ASAP)
Salary:                  £45,000 to £55,000 Per Annum + Overtime + Package

                                ** Negotiable on experience. We will also consider contract candidates **

Purpose of the Role

Our client, a major civil engineering and infrastructure contractor, working on the Midland Metro Alliance (Birmingham Tram), is currently recruiting a Senior Buyer for their team, searching for someone who can provide their delivery teams with professional materials, plant and service supply. This will also involve taking 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 and Alliance Management Team.

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 templates or the NEC3 working alongside the internal 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
  • Ordering of construction materials, plant and subcontract services across the Midland Metro Alliance using the SUMMIT system when required
  • Work with stakeholders, at all levels, to understand internal and external requirements
  • 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 business
  • 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

Candidates will ideally have:

  • Previous experience working in a construction / civil engineering environment, at Senior Buyer level
  • A relevant professional qualification such as an ONC/HNC/HND/Degree etc
  • A relevant membership such as MCIPS (Or working towards) (ideal, not required)
  • A valid qualification such as CSCS, PTS (ideal, not required)
  • Buying, procurement, supply chain and subcontract experience
  • Strong communication, commercial, negotiation, organisation and IT skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft packages and procurement software

For more information, or to apply for this role, please contact Tim Smyth on LinkedIn or via