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Senior Buyer


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  Principal Architect
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  23835
Job Category: 
Job Function:  Procurement and Contract Management

About the role


This position is for a Sr. Buyer and is located in Warwick.


  • Reporting into a Category Manager (Band D), the Senior Buyer is responsible for strategic procurement operations within thealigned business area(s). The role will partner the Category Manager in leading medium-high complexity Strategic Sourcing Events and Category strategies (complexity being management of high value, high risk, critical to business, multi-stakeholder engagement projects). This will involve engaging and building strong and established working relationships with senior stakeholders to identify business needs and then ensuring we understand the supply chains so we can offer the best solutions 
  • Deliver multiple medium-high complexity Strategic Sourcing Events within portfolio, working with stakeholders to understand and challenge demand and ensure the best possible solutions for National Grid.
  • Lead Category Management activities including the development and execution of category strategy and execute supply and demand levers including standardised strategic sourcing processes from market engagement through to award, ensuring goods / services are procured in a best-in-class manner that drives value.
  • Work  with  Contract  Managers  to  ensure  the  successful  delivery  of  contracted  activities,  identifying  continuous  improvement  opportunities  through  engagement  with  suppliers  and  stakeholders,  and  maximizing  value  for  money from contracts awarded.  
  • Lead  the  overall  development  and  delivery  of  assigned  category  strategy  and  share  best  practice  across  other  category teams (as appropriate). Role  model  excellence  in  procurement  standards,  taking  a  proactive  role  in  mentoring  /  providing  guidance  to  Buyers and Associate Buyers to ensure best-in-class methodologies are adopted and utilized across National Grid Procurement. 
  • Profile category characteristics and research supply markets, suppliers and assess trends, opportunities and risksfeeding insights into the Global teams and Market and Supplier Development teams (as appropriate).
  • Delivering value by effectively managing tender events for key products and services required by the business.
  • Contribute to an effective forward planning process by identifying future requirements  of supported areas and ensure robust forecasting is put in place that maximises value of goods / services procured.
  • Scope  and  develops  regional  contractual  agreements  that  meet  the  customer  stakeholder  requirements  and  expectations.

About you


What we do isn’t just important, it’s essential. That’s why we look to train and recruit current or potential experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for someone who:
•    Has significant experience in strategic sourcing and category management activities or has Lead end to end complex commercial business strategies and projects.
•    Has experience of leading highly complex or valuable procurement events from start to finish.
•    Has strong project management principles and can handle multiple projects, consistently delivering outstanding results.
•    Has experience of preparing for and leading negotiations at a senior level.
•    Has the ability to build and manage complex commercial assessment models.
•    Has strong research and data analytical skills with ability to convert information into actionable insight 
•    Is confident and experienced at presenting articulated outputs and recommendations to key senior management stakeholders.
•    Has the ability to build and manage a range of complex commercial assessment tools
•    Has experience of contract development, including the ability to make recommendations and amendments to existing contracts as well as drafting new ones. 
•    Has good knowledge of medium-high complexity contract forms, terms and conditions.
•    Is MCIPS-qualified (or working towards this.)

What you get


A competitive salary between £38,000 – £48,000 – dependent on capability.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.


About us


National Grid lies at the heart of a transforming energy system, spanning the UK and the US. Our businesses supply gas and electricity, safely, reliably and efficiently to millions of customers and communities. But we also drive change through engineering innovation and by incubating new ideas with the power to revolutionise our industry. 

As the world changes to embrace cleaner energy and businesses shift to operate in a more responsible way, we are leading that charge. We are focused on finding ways to decarbonise the energy system; from building interconnectors to allow the UK to share clean energy with our neighbours in Europe, to investing in renewable energy generation in the US.

We connect people to the energy they need to live their lives. We continually strive to find a better way. We Bring Energy to Life.


Closing date


The closing date for this vacancy is 28th September 2021. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.



At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential