Strategic Sourcing Category Buyer

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£30,000 - £45,000 per annum
27 Jul 2021
22 Aug 2021
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Hays Procurement is proud to be working in partnership with the University of Cambridge who are looking to appoint a Strategic Sourcing Category Buyer in an exciting new role for the organisation.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. Procurement and purchasing at the University of Cambridge are embarking on transformational change through a three to five year programme of activity - the Strategic Procurement and Purchasing Programme.  This Programme focuses on how the University, its associated bodies and stakeholders can better buy and pay for its goods, works and services in the most sustainable manner possible.

The Strategic Sourcing Category Buyer is responsible for fulfilling the University’s purchasing needs within a particular category of goods or services. They work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure all parties receive excellent service, and drive tangible value for money.

The Strategic Sourcing Category Buyer will work as part of the Strategic Sourcing team and will support the development of procurement plans and take responsibility for purchasing activities within the assigned categories. This role will strategically manage relationships and maintain open dialogue with internal customers in order to understand their procurement and purchasing needs within the category; and with key suppliers to ensure that the University is receiving the best service possible.  The Strategic Sourcing Category Buyer will manage and action often high-value/high-risk tendering activities including the preparation of tender documentation, including appropriate contractual precedents and evaluation models which enable best-value proposals to be identified.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a complex procurement environment, ideally in both the public and private sectors.  You will be able to demonstrate experience of building strong relationships internally with customers and externally with suppliers to enable the delivery of objectives.  Experience of letting / tendering one-off high value agreements and/or frameworks with suppliers to generate savings and efficiencies is highly desirable with the ability to manage the implementation of contracts a pre-requisite.  A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with CIPS part-qualified ideal but not essential.  

This is an exciting time to join the University of Cambridge and if you feel you have the drive and the passion to help them to achieve their objectives, then they can offer you a role that is not only hugely satisfying but brings great benefits and a stimulating and supportive working environment.  In return, The University of Cambridge are offering a competitive salary, excellent benefits such as 41 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and the opportunity to be in the office for 2 days per week.

For more information about the role and organisation please visit: or for an informal discussion please contact William Warren, Senior Business Director at Hays Procurement who is the retained consultant working in partnership with the University of Cambridge.  All third party & direct applicants will be forwarded directly to Hays Procurement to be screened as part of the recruitment process.

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