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Senior Buyer

Network Rail
£43,588 - £49,037, plus an Inner London Allowance of £3,270,
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Specialist Area
Purchasing, supply (main), Buying, Operations, Procurement, Supply chain
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Job Details

Senior Buyer

Ref: IRC2284878

Location: Blackfriars, London      

Department Name: Southern Region                      

About Network Rail          

Our passengers and freight users are at the heart of everything we do. We help connect people to their friends and families and get goods to their destination safely and efficiently. We're an organisation where people matter.  Watch our video to find out more!

We're continuing to build a diverse organisation which is representative of the people we serve. We want to harness the skills and expertise of our people and attract the best talent, to enable a safe and accessible railway for everyone. To learn why inclusion is important to us, please click here.

About our people and the recruitment process - We're an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone! 

We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, as we know traditional working patterns don't always fit. If you want to consider working flexibly, just let us know and we'll do our best to help and invest in your career with us, whilst you have a healthy work life balance. 

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles.

Brief Description          

We have look for x2 Senior Buyer to join our team and to be a key member of our Procurement and Supply Chain team, responsible for managing the procurement process for medium to high value complex contracts and framework agreements. 

The role requires good strategic sourcing and communication skills to ensure value for money for all procurements and also to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and Network Rail corporate governance. 

The Senior Buyer will work closely with the Senior Procurement Manager and internal stakeholders to understand their requirements and deliver successful procurement strategies that support Network Rail’s objectives.

About the role (External)          

Key Accountabilities 

1. Lead the end-to-end procurement process, including sourcing strategy development, market analysis, market engagement, tendering and evaluation.

2. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to understand their needs and ensure procurement activities align with business objectives.

3. Target specific works, goods and services to identify how tangible improvements and procurement efficiencies may be made in our approach to the Supply Chain

4. Manage reactive procurement requests, ensuring that they are conducted in a controlled and efficient manner whilst also managing stakeholder expectations in observing agreed process and governance.

5. Manage and mitigate risks within the supply chain, ensuring compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, and Regulations.

6. Provide continuous education to internal stakeholders on policy, process and Regulations so that they have a clear understanding and appreciation of such matters.

7. Provide expert advice and guidance to internal stakeholders on all sourcing and procurement related systems and governance documentation.

8. Support senior Commercial & Procurement staff in the development and implementation of national procurement strategies as and when required. 

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications 


·Strong understanding of procurement best practices, contract law, and supply chain management.

·Recognised skills in contractual and commercial matters, with credibility and experience to act as advisor to other staff.

·Applied knowledge of NEC Contract Suite

·Awareness of contract requirements for safety and environment protection

·Excellent negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills.

·Able to work independently as well as within a team environment.

·Strong prioritisation and time management skills


·Membership of appropriate professional institution (CIPS/ RICS) or in the process of working towards accreditation.

·Experience in the rail industry or a similar large-scale infrastructure environment.

·Demonstrable understanding of The Procurement Regulations 2024

·Working knowledge of Jaggaer e-Sourcing Portal or equivalent.

·Working knowledge of Oracle e-Business Systems.

·Working knowledge of Network Rail’s Suite of Contracts.

Salary: £43,588 - £49,037, plus an Inner London Allowance of £3,270, per annum, pro/rata.

Closing date: 17th June 2024.

- Late applications will not be accepted.

Drugs and Alcohol Standard:

Our Drugs and Alcohol Standard is changing as of 16.01.2023. All prospective candidates who have not been offered a conditional role by 16.01.2023 will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5 year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced.

You can visit Evenbreaks Career Hive for advice on accessibility support if you're unsure of the options available. Should you require any reasonable adjustments/modifications, please add a note to your application.

Network Rail Benefits - To find out about what benefits we offer, click here


Britain relies on rail. We operate 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, 17 major stations, 8,200 commercial properties and 2,500 stations leased to train operators.  Every day Network Rail gets 3 million people to their destination and thousands of tonnes of goods moved around the country. Rail is a greener and safer mode of transport so it's no surprise that our railway has seen passenger numbers increase more than 40% in the past decade alone. These numbers are expected to double by 2034. That means we have to run more trains, more often and more efficiently. And we need even more talented people on board to efficiently meet that challenge.

Our future is equally bright. We're in the midst of the largest expansion of our network since the railway boom of the 19th Century. This is one of the most exciting periods in the history of the railway. And you could be right at the heart of it. 

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