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Senior Buyer (12 Month FTC)

Job Introduction

To support the Procurement Team in the delivery of agreed objectives by providing a quality Procurement & Supply Chain Contract Management service compliant with the NNL Procurement Management Lifecycle and Public Contract Regulations. The postholder will deliver multiple procurements in parallel, ensuring that the resulting contracts protect NNL from unnecessary risk whilst delivering Value for Money and supporting NNLs Commercial contracts.

Role Responsibility

  • Support the Department in delivering its Strategic Objectives, taking responsibility for engaging with stakeholders to ensure early engagement and a teaming approach throughout the Procurement Lifecycle.
  • Responsible for managing and delivering multiple sourcing strategies.  This will include but not be limited to: 
    • Support NNL’s bid process to ensure any sub-contract requirements are understood and underpinned as necessary
    • Drafting and negotiation of Supply Chain contract Terms and Conditions, ensuring Flowdown Terms are integrated appropriately.
    • Preparation of tender documentation and agreement of associated evaluation criteria
    • Identification of internal and external cost drivers 
    • Market analysis and creation of markets where necessary
    • Sourcing activities which generate benefits and achieve financial savings targets
  • Lead cross functional Sourcing Teams to undertake compliant procurements in accordance with the approved Sourcing Strategy, ensuring the team are aware of and adhere to their responsibilities.
  • Negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers to ensure that service, quality, cost, security of supply and the deployment of the suppliers capabilities in innovation are secured
  • Undertake contract management where appropriate and continually develop supplier relationships through the SRM strategy.
  • Support the Head of Procurement in the implementation of new processes and systems to  continually improve procurement’s service provision
  • Support the collaborative procurement agenda by engaging with Shared Services Alliance Collaborative Procurement Leads, providing data and reports for inclusion in SSA Board reports for allocated categories of spend.

The Ideal Candidate

  • CIPS qualified and recognised as a procurement professional
  • Experience in Public Sector procurement including a variety of procurement routes and knowledge of exemptions
  • Extensive experience in drafting and implementing multiple forms of contract
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills at all levels
  • Able to hold people to account and lead cross functional teams
  • Experience of working in a fragmented team across multiple locations
  • Significant previous procurement experience with responsibility for delivery of procurement sourcing strategies , preferably in Corporate categories
  • Significant experience of contract and supplier management
  • A good technical appreciation of the range of procurement categories
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Project management skills / awareness
  • Good IT skills

About the Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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