Senior Buyer (3x Roles) - Network Engineering - Hamilton & Lugano

Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, UK
06 Oct 2017
20 Nov 2017
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type
As a FTSE 100 business employing over 34,000 highly skilled and committed staff, Babcock is one of the largest and most successful businesses in the UK.

Rail journeys make up 9% of all UK journeys every year. And it's our Rail business that supports Network Rail and other rail industry customers to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail network across Great Britain. We are currently the largest plain line track renewals company in the country - and with our partners Alstom and Costain (under the ABC Electrification partnership) we are one of the largest electrification companies too. As a graduate you could play an important part in the work that we do.
Purpose of role:

The Senior Buyer will be responsible for providing an excellent Procurement service to the Business Unit, project or customer. The role will support the execution of the Business strategy by focussing primarily on value generation activities achieved through sourcing, inputting to bids, implementing Divisional and Group contracts and through close collaboration with key stakeholders across the business

Key Accountabilities:

1. Sourcing, negotiation and supplier selection
  • Identify new opportunities to deliver bottom line benefit and long term value from within our third party spend.
  • Conduct market engagement, tendering, evaluation, negotiation and contract award activities;
  • Where requirements change, manage the interactions with suppliers to ensure that the new requirements are met, whilst protecting the commercial interests of the BU.
  • Record and report value delivered from sourcing and negotiation activities.
  • Once contracts have been concluded with new suppliers ensure the day to day supplier relationship is passed to the operational Procurement team to manage.

2. Bid Support
  • Work closely with Bid Teams to ensure that supplier information and pricing is provided in a timely manner to meet Bid requirements.
  • Where appropriate, contribute to the design of the supply chain solution for Bids working with the Divisional Category Teams and the Head of Procurement as necessary.

3. Business Engagement
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with operational stakeholders across the business, based on the provision of an excellent Procurement service;
  • Where appropriate, agree with key stakeholders a regular cycle of reviews and performance updates (e.g. attendance at monthly Ops team meetings, etc.).
  • Be the 'go to' person for operational Procurement and/or Supply Chain issues which impact the Business Unit, project or customer. Establish a reputation for finding practical solutions to supply chain-related challenges.
  • Promote and support the implementation of, and compliance to, Group or Divisional contracts amongst operational stakeholders.

4. Team Working
  • Discuss and agree clear objectives with the Head of Procurement and drive to achieve these, working at pace, to high standards and with professionalism.
  • Participate in regular performance reviews, with reference to progress against objectives.
  • Be a visible 'role model' for your team through your professionalism, commitment, service-ethic and focus.
  • Support other team members by adopting a positive 'can-do' approach to delivering team objectives, contributing in team meetings and continually seeking opportunities to improve ways of working.

5. Procurement & Supply Chain Processes
  • Contribute to Strategic Sourcing initiatives, utilising knowledge of the Business Unit, project or customer to ensure that operational needs are clearly defined and acknowledged;
  • Adhere to the Babcock 'suite' of Procurement methodologies and tools, including:
    • Six-step strategic sourcing
    • Adherence to Functional Standards
    • Reporting requirements
  • Utilise the Babcock P&SC systems (Ariba, SAP, JOSCAR) wherever possible and appropriate;
  • Support and adhere to agreed 'ways of working' and governance regimes;
  • Work to the highest standards of professionalism in all aspects of operational Procurement, including data-gathering, sourcing, negotiation, supplier engagement, contract management, written and verbal communications.

Competencies, Attributes and Experience:

1. Specific Functional Skills and Experience
  • Experience of working in a strategic Procurement function, with good knowledge and understanding of the value that Procurement can bring to a business of Babcock's size and scale;
  • Experience of managing the performance of suppliers, including using metrics to review performance and conduct operational reviews;
  • Track record of undertaking sourcing, evaluation, negotiation, supplier selection, contract development and ongoing management;
  • Track record of identifying and delivering year-on-year Procurement savings against targets;
  • Evidence of building and developing collaborative relationships internally and externally;

2. Business Skills and Knowledge
  • Good communication abilities, both written and oral;
  • Good interpersonal and influencing skills;
  • Commercially astute, with the knowledge of how to use Procurement to unlock value for the business;
  • Delivery focussed with a pragmatic, hands-on approach that enables Procurement initiatives to be fully executed, delivers savings targets and meets the operational priorities of the business;
  • Thorough understanding of 'how the Business works' and its objectives. Has detailed knowledge of operations, strategies, practices and systems within relevant business areas;
  • Strong appreciation of the need for close cross-functional interaction across the business.

3. Collaboration and Team Working
  • Track record of working within P&SC teams to achieve targets and performance levels across multiple projects within a defined timeframe;
  • Strong work ethic, with the ability to 'role model' the attributes required in an operational Procurement team role;
  • Ability to accommodate change, maintaining focus and a positive attitude in the face of operational challenges.
  • Seeks and shares views and opinions, listens well and aims to build consensus.

4. Personal Behaviours
  • Has a clear commercial 'edge' - comfortable with negotiation and with challenging commercial interactions;
  • Energetic and enthusiastic, and passionate about Procurement and Supply Chain. Exhibits a strong personal drive and commitment - both to the success of the business and to their own role.
  • Personable and open, able to deal with various internal and external stakeholders with integrity and positivity;
  • Takes responsibility for personal development and actively pursues learning and career development opportunities.
  • Good relationship-building, influencing, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Exhibits adaptability, with a willingness and capacity to develop.


1. Educational Qualifications
  • Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management or Engineering degree.

2. Professional Qualifications
  • MCIPS (or studying towards) or equivalent professional qualification

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