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Senior Buyer/Category Specialist - Indirects

C£50-60000 (Dependent on Experience) Bonus Excellent Blue Chip Benefits Package

Job Description


"Graduate calibre, CIPS qualified Senior Buyer/ Category Specialist or Category Manager sought by global energy leader."

C£50-60000 (Dependent on Experience) Bonus Excellent Blue Chip Benefits Package

Location: North West (Hybrid Working)

Commutable from Ellesmere Port, Mold, Wrexham, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Chester, Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes, Liverpool, Crewe, Knutsford, Macclesfield, South Manchester, Wigan, Newton le Willows, Leigh, Heywood, Skelmersdale.

This is a permanent career development opportunity for a graduate calibre, CIPS qualified procurement professional to join a global multinational energy environment within its indirect spend area covering corporate and site services. Our client is a multi-site manufacturing/processing and complex matrix organisation.
Our client has an opportunity for a Senior Buyer/Category Specialist for its Indirect Services Category Management team. Specifically, you will support categories such as Corporate & Professional Services, Site Services, Facilities Management, Engineering, MRO, Operational Support and Consumables with tactical and operational buying activities.
The Senior Buyer/Category Specialist will operate as part of a large procurement category management team, and will work closely with national, European and global divisions and business units.

The Role:

  • The delivery of agreed category plans through the execution of strategic sourcing projects to meet business partner requirements, maximizing value for our client.
  • Contributing to the development of category plans by creating and owning sub-category plans
  • Support the development of medium to long range category plans and be able to influence the development of value delivery plans through knowledge of local needs and local supply markets.
  • The implementation of strategic sourcing and supplier management activities to deliver in year value as well as using knowledge of local needs and supplier capabilities to contribute to the development of long-range category plans developed using standard company tools and communicated through the appropriate governance models.
  • Savings delivery is a critical component of the role and Senior Buyer will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of reporting and management of value outlooks in standard company reporting tools.
  • Collaborate with project specific stakeholders to ensure change management is efficient and effective to guarantee sustainable value delivery.
  • Change management is a key challenge in the role and Senior Buyers must have expert influencing and negotiation skills alongside key technical competencies relating to procurement transactional planning, commercial contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • Senior Buyers will provide the first line of supplier performance management activities to ensure sustainable and secure supply of goods and services to support ongoing safe and effective operation of facilities.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Will be university degree educated, part or fully qualified CIPS, with previous multinational strategic commercial procurement, buying and sourcing experience ideally within indirect categories, although experience in direct categories would still be of interest.
  • Commercial procurement/tactical and strategic buying experience gained within a multinational matrix organisation.
  • Currently working as a Buyer, Senior Buyer, Category Specialist or Category Manager for a large matrix organisation.
  • Experienced in sourcing, negotiation, and management of £multi million spend categories.
  • Experienced in developing strategic category plans.
  • A proven track record of working with senior stakeholders across multiple sites.
  • Self-starter, with lots of initiative, drive, and ambition to succeed.
  • Confidence and capability Must be able to influence at all levels of the organisation through strong relationship management.
  • Excellent analytical, research, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent team working ability, particularly with suppliers and sourcing managers.
  • Ability to develop and manage strong relationships both internally and externally (e.g. suppliers).
  • Highly motivated with a drive for results - performance focused.
  • Strong integrity ensuring procurement operates to high standards and is fully trusted by its internal and external stakeholders.
  • Naturally analytical and inquisitive.
  • Experience of SAP/SAP Ariba procurement systems essential.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail to derive accurate and insightful recommendations.

Our client offers excellent development and the opportunity to make a real difference in a business that really values its people.
To apply without delay, please email your CV quoting reference LX 967278

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    Operations Manager -eFulfilment


    "Calling All Operational Trailblazers: Transform Our Client's Supply Chain"




    £40-50000 + Benefits




    Are you an operations guru with a knack for streamlining processes and unlocking business growth? Our client is a rapidly expanding plumbing and heating supplies company. They urgently need a strategic Operations Manager to optimise their entire supply chain. This is a greenfield opportunity to implement best practices across order management, warehousing, inventory, logistics and customer service.


    Can you Solve these Challenges?

    • Disjointed sales and warehouse teams lacking structured oversight
    • Inefficient order fulfilment, delaying customer deliveries
    • Suboptimal warehouse layout and inventory management
    • Reactive customer service and returns processing
    • Lack of demand forecasting and strategic capacity planning


    Your Mission: Build the Operational Engine


    As Operations Manager, you'll construct a high-performance supply chain from the ground up. Leverage your expertise to establish clear reporting lines, KPIs and continuous improvement initiatives. Redesign warehouse flows, adopt a new ERP system, and collaborate with logistics partners.


    You'll thrive on:

    • Enhancing pick/pack productivity and perfect order rates
    • Implementing best-fit technology like WMS and TMS
    • Developing a resilient distribution network for expansion
    • Streamlining returns while using data to drive quality
    • Mentoring and motivating cross-functional operations teams


    The Winning Profile


    You'll be a seasoned operations leader with a manufacturing, distribution, or retail background. Your significant experience in supply chain management has honed your ability to analyse data, optimise inventory levels and deliver operational excellence. From structuring high-performing teams to executing technology rollouts, your track record equips you to own our client's end-to-end fulfilment cycle.


    The Fit:

    • Customer-centric mindset dedicated to flawless service
    • Entrepreneurial spirit excited to build out processes
    • Analytical prowess to forecast demand and model scenarios
    • Leadership skills to develop and inspire warehouse talent
    • Hands-on, can-do approach to overcoming challenges


    The Rewards:

    Lead the operational transformation for our client and earn a £40-50K salary plus pension with the opportunity to shape additional benefits.


    To apply, please send your CV, quoting LX 2335756


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    Development Director


    "Excellent opportunity for private sector commercial sales & marketing specialist to make an impact within the Charity Sector."



    Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    Salary:  circa £70,000

    Are you a dynamic sales and marketing expert eager to make a real difference in young people’s lives?

    Our client, an impactful and rapidly growing charity, is seeking a passionate and commercially minded Development Director. This role is perfect for a high-energy private sector professional looking to apply their sales, networking, and strategic relationship skills to build partnerships with private sector businesses, as well as schools, academy trusts, and higher education colleges.

    In this pivotal role, you will use your expertise to create and implement an ambitious targeted sales and marketing strategy which will also support fundraising growth to help secure the necessary resources to support and grow the charity's initiatives.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Lead Growth: Identify and secure new sales contracts and fundraising opportunities to support a diverse range of youth programmes.
    • Drive Sales: Boost sales of key offerings, enhancing the reach and impact of various educational and developmental initiatives.
    • Fundraising Strategy: Develop and implement robust fundraising strategies to expand all income streams including developing individual giving and community involvement.
    • Brand Guardian: Enhance the charity’s profile, engagement and supporter base through strategic marketing and communications across digital and traditional channels.
    • Team Leadership: Manage and inspire fundraising, sales, and marketing teams to achieve ambitious targets.

    Who You Are:

    • A seasoned sales and marketing professional with a strong track record in both B2C and B2B environments.
    • A networking wizard with excellent communication skills and the ability to build lasting relationships.
    • A strategic thinker who can translate big-picture goals into actionable plans.
    • Someone passionate about using their commercial expertise to do good and support youth development.

    Experience and Qualifications:

    • A degree-level education or relevant business-related qualification is required, as is a background in business development.
    • Substantial knowledge of fundraising, is essential.
    • Extensive knowledge of marketing and communications channels is key.
    • Proven experience in managing a team, and a track record of achievement in a senior position.
    • Demonstrable financial management skills, including budgeting and delivery of cost and income targets.

    Why Join Our Client:

    • Impactful Work: Help shape the future of young people through innovative programs and experiences.
    • Supportive Team: Join a lively, fun, and committed team dedicated to making a difference.
    • Career Growth: Opportunity for significant advancement within a dynamic and evolving charity.

    If you’re ready to apply your top-notch skills to drive the growth of a charity making a real difference, we want to hear from you! Apply now to become part of this impactful organisation and help empower the next generation.

    Email your CV, quoting reference LX 2330919 to


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    Assistant Depot Manager - 3PL/Contract Logistics


    £35-44000 + Bonus + Benefits




    Commutable from Peterborough, Wisbech, Market Deeping, Stamford, Corby, Market Harborough, Sawtry, Whittlesey, March, Bourne, Yaxley, Oundle. Uppingham, Crowland, Thrapston, Huntingdon, Kettering


    Are you an experienced traffic office or transport operations supervisor seeking a hands-on leadership opportunity? Our client's growing logistics company needs an Assistant Depot Manager for their busy Cambridgeshire cross-dock facility. This is your chance to take your career to the next level and join a thriving, family-oriented business.


    The Role:


    As Assistant Depot Manager, you'll play a crucial part in overseeing the daily transportation and freight handling operations. You'll:

    • Manage shift supervisors and drivers
    • Resolve customer issues
    • Plan complex delivery routes, which may involve multiple stops and time-sensitive deliveries
    • Update fleet systems
    • Ensure compliance with all site Health & Safety regulations


    With a mix of office and physical tasks like occasional forklift operation, no two days will be the same.


    Your Background:


    Significant experience in a traffic office or transport operations environment is essential, ideally with previous supervisory responsibilities. Ideally this will have been gained within a general haulage, contract logistics, third party logistics environment. You should be highly organised with strong Excel skills for reporting, knowledgeable about transport regulations and health/safety protocols, and able to juggle multiple priorities. Importantly, excellent customer service and communication abilities are a must, as you will play a crucial role in managing staff and client relations effectively.


    Are You the Ideal Candidate?


    You thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative setting and are comfortable occasionally getting hands-on, whether operating machinery or problem-solving dynamic operational challenges. Your background at larger logistics firms gives you an appreciation for efficient practices, but you now prefer a more personal company culture where your contributions are valued, and you feel integral to the team. You're a resilient self-starter who can work independently and contribute to a tight-knit team.


    Is this Role the Right Fit?


    Based near the A1 in Peterborough, the role involves Monday-Friday hours from 10am-8pm, with flexibility for holidays/peak periods. The compensation package includes a £38,000 to £44,000 salary based on experience, performance bonuses tied to key operational metrics, and holiday entitlement increasing with service. There are also opportunities for growth as our client opens new depots.


    If you have the drive, experience, and passion to succeed in this diverse operations role, apply now. This could be the perfect next step to accelerate your career in logistics.


    To apply, please send your CV, quoting LX 2324079