French Speaking Buyer

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As part of our Clients Integrated Procurement Service (IPS) team, this varied role involves the undertaking of Spend Management activities across multiple client accounts which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Spot Buying and Quotation

In addition to the core responsibilities associated with this position, team members will be supported and trained to assist in other areas across the team. 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.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Proactively review data and identify opportunity to aggregate requirements and recommend opportunities for cost avoidance
  • To manage and execute the tactical buying process for general, low to mid value spend categories
  • 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) Purchase Requests through a variety of work-flow 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 category or element of the spend management process, and provide support, guidance and mentoring to other team members
  • Support team members with issues and identification of potential solutions
  • 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)
  • Recording and reporting of all activity in accordance with client specific requirements including savings delivered
  • Support and contribute to the spend and purchase order compliance and post bid analysis reports
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions on service improvements

Key Skills & Competences Required:

  • Competent in specification development to drive greater outcomes
  • Negotiating and influencing skills to proactively identify cost saving opportunities and help drive process efficiencies
  • Ability to train and support colleagues to transfer knowledge
  • Ability to offer evidenced based challenge to multiple clients i.e. requirements challenge, route to market challenge and compliance challenge
  • Customer service orientated with the ability to manage multiple client expectations to service timescales and requirements
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to change pace, multi-task and prioritise multiple client workloads to achieve deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills, with an ability and confidence to effectively communicate through various channels of communication and liaise with multiple stakeholders to support client relationships
  • Good numerical and analytical skills
  • Highly computer literate with a good level of Excel knowledge
  • Self-motivated and proactive with the ability to work independently and autonomously and part of a team
  • Ability to take responsibility and accountability for oneself

Experience & Skills Required:

  • 1-2 year's minimum experience of working in a similar role
  • Proven track record in delivering savings initiatives
  • 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 OJEU legislation (desirable)
  • Studying, or a desire to study CIPS
  • French Language & English Language to Professional Level

If the role is a match for your skills we will be in touch with you once you click the apply button.
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20/02/2019 09:00:00
GBP 12.00 12.00.