Category Buyer

Salary: £31498 to £39729pa plus excellent benefits

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Category Buyer with a particular focus on service contracts to initiate and drive change in analysing, structuring and putting a strategy in place in consultation with internal stakeholders, regarding the management of spend and performance related to service contracts with scientific suppliers.

The postholder will coordinate contractual activities within a busy and often complex procurement team. The role will incorporate contract preparation, contract performance management, contract renewals and contract close-outs along with Redline and commercial risk assessment of supplier terms and conditions.

Key to this role will be the timely review of contracts whilst working efficiently with significant complexity, busy work schedules and very tight deadlines.  

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of contracts and procurement law and working knowledge of UK commercial law.
  • Experience of procurement
  • Proven experience of leading contract negotiations delivering successful £1m+ commercial relationships. Proven experience in negotiating commercial and contractual terms successfully.
  • A natural negotiator with the strength to balance the needs of internal staff, the Institute and our suppliers fairly and to mutual commercial advantage. Previous demonstrable experience and interpersonal skills in influencing, negotiation and persuasion at senior management level.
  • Well-developed communication skills (written and verbal). Ability to structure and present information internally and externally, often of a complex nature, in meetings, working groups and committees. 
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, with professional and ethical standards
  • Ability , to set up priorities, to work autonomously and efficiently with significant complexity, able to set up priorities and manage busy work schedules and very tight deadlines
  • Excellent numeracy and attention to detail with ability to analyse complex proposals and datasets, to establish trends and forecasts and to structure synthetic vision of the outcome and recommend strategies, including identify risk with a clear breakdown of options and costs.
  • Previous demonstrable experience in decision making in a fast changing environment
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment and with cross-functional teams
  • Good Working knowledge of software packages.

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Applications will be considered on an going basis