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Job Req ID:  98821
Posting Start Date:  10-Nov-2020

Peterborough, Peterborough, GB, PE2 8TY

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Description: 


Here at Serco we’re looking for a Buyer to join the Procurement Service Team that works in partnership with Peterborough City Council. The aim of the team is to drive procurement transformation and efficiencies that deliver cashable savings for the council.


You’ll be responsible for undertaking tactical purchase requirements below a contract value of £50,000 to support Category Management Strategies/Initiatives, this will be across areas as diverse as Highways, Social Care to Wastes and Office Supplies. Working in collaboration with our client stakeholders and our wider team you’ll manage e-procurement systems. This will involve you managing the e-procurement delivery, capturing and interpreting management information, managing supplier relationships, and ensuring that key performance indicators are being met.


The role offers long term potential for growth and you’ll be supported with ongoing development and training. You’ll also be working with a team that has an agile working ethos and who are all hugely committed to both the commercial capability of the customer.


This is a home working role at this time, however, once we are back to ‘normal’ circumstances there will be a requirement to attend the office 2-3 days per week.


What you need to do the job;

We are looking for someone who has some procurement experience working in an outsourced environment and ideally within public sector procurement. Ideally you will be working towards your CIPS qualification and with a good level of tactical (operational) buying experience. You should also have a good understanding of costs analysis and cost breakdown of goods and services.


Naturally confident, you will be able to negotiate successfully with all stakeholders and have the gravitas to build solid relationships to leverage supplier capability. It is important that you can get the best out of practices and processes and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.


Why Serco?

Meaningful and vital work: Delivering taxpayer efficiencies and savings is hugely important for local authorities, and as our Category Manager you’ll have a direct impact on Peterborough City Council.

A world of opportunity: Our Procurement Service Team is always growing and developing, and you’ll be able to contribute to and be a part of this.

Great people: We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You’ll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment.


What we offer:

  • Salary from £26.5k per annum and up to 6% contributory pension scheme;
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships;
  • The chance to make a positive difference to citizens in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion


We have a mandate to deliver brilliantly. If you think this role would suit you, working in an exciting and challenging environment with like-minded individuals, please apply now and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter.


About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 



Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required).

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