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Trainee Buyer

South East / London
£21,876 to £24,000
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Specialist Area
Purchasing, supply (main), Buying, Contracts, Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member

Job Details

  • Salary: £21,876 to £24,000

  • Location type: Hybrid worker

  • Location: South East/London Hub

  • Vacancy type :Permanent

  • Closing Date: 3 May 2024

  • Hours per week: 35

A bit about us

2024 is a big year for us as we turn 200 years young! We are proud of our long standing history in campaigning for a better world for animal  welfare. We were the first to introduce a law to protect animals and have been working hard ever since  to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering. 

Applicants must be located within a commutable distance to our Horsham office & will be required to travel to multiple sites including occasional overnight stays therefore, will require a full UK Drivers License.

  •  We are looking for a new team member as a Trainee Buyer, you will be working as part of the Procurement team reporting to the Category Manager.

Working hours: 35 hours / Mon - Friday. Your base will be at Horsham, West Sussex.

We role model our values through our people culture and keep connected through regular/daily check-in's and team meetings, your colleagues are always on hand to support or chat. It's important to us that you feel part of our team from the get go! 

Are you ready to be part of our journey and make a difference? 


We offer a wide range of benefits to recognise your contributions at RSPCA.

  • 35 hour week 
  • Great Annual Leave benefits - 25 days annual leave on joining increasing each year to a maximum of 31 days (pro rata for part-time)
  • Additional Society day around Christmas.
  • Flexibility in hours - with the introduction of Core Hours staff can work their 35 hours flexibly across Monday to Friday. Core hours are 10.00am - 15.00 (please note this isn't available for our frontline animal care roles) 
  • Generous pension scheme 
  • Career development through our in-house Learning & Development training 
  • Charity worker discounts: Access to hundreds of discounts across many retailers, travel, insurance & cinema tickets.
  • Dog friendly offices at our London & South East Hub! (Subject to eligibility criteria) 

What a day might look like for you

Here at RSPCA we know it's a cliche but no two days are the same, as a Trainee Buyer we've added a short summary of what the role entails, for a full insight please refer to the attached job description.

Your daily activities will be focusing on on providing support to the Procurement team in managing all external spend, negotiating savings and implementing Framework Agreements.

  • Onboarding new suppliers and redefining existing processes
  • Developing and maintaining the Procurement Intranet and external website (currently in build stage)
  • Performing market intelligence / google searches to establish supplier & market capabilities / movements
  • Placing straightforward contracts for various categories of spend
  • Data analysis: spend patterns; pareto; sourcing patterns; usage; Sage
  • Sending and receiving RFP's into the market under direction from the Category Manager
  • Meeting potential bidders and supporting the supplier selection process including negotiating outcomes
  • Maintaining functional reporting suites, such as the work in progress tracker and refining as appropriate
  • Developing content for the Intranet site – “How To” guides and process flows
  • Supporting stakeholders via the Procurement Help inbox

What makes a great Trainee Buyer?

Are you a team player who also has the ability to work independently? Please read on!

The ideal candidate would be a career-minded and driven to succeed in Procurement with fully conversant knowledge of MS, particularly Excel and Powerpoint.

The successful candidate has demonstrable experience of the following areas: 

  • Ability to communicate at all levels in a professional manner both internally and externally
  • Self-starter, seeking guidance when/where needed. Ability to work in isolation and increase capabilities/knowledge to become independent and be able to lead tender processes from start to finish
  • Intellectually curious, in a sense of wanting to understand the dynamics of Procurement and negotiation as a profession
  • Team player, willing to contribute and not being afraid to share ideas and present in front of the team

Final note from us & good luck with your application!

We are really lucky that some of our roles attract a high level of interest and for this reason we review applications as they are received, unfortunately on some occasions this means roles may close earlier than advertised; so early submissions are highly recommended. 

We want to ensure we do all we can to give you a positive candidate experience through our recruitment. Whilst we do try to give feedback where we can, sometimes due to receiving high levels of applications, this may not always be possible

We recognise that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving our core mission. For this reason we actively encourage a wide diversity of applications - in particular from members of minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities - as these candidates are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

Should you need any support with your application or interview process please contact

Our mission is to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect



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