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  • Preparing for and running tenders for framework style contracts
  • Extensive knowledge of UCR regulations
  • Category management
  • Stakeholder engagement and management
  • Understand Process & Systems
  • Ariba and SAP

Job Type: Contract

Duration 6 Months

Hybrid 1 day week (wed) in the office

Department: Global Procurement

Job Function: Procurement and Contract Management

Are you a Procurement professional with direct procurement experience? Do you want to join our expanding Global Procurement team and play a key role in the transition to net zero?

  • National Grid will be investing over 40bn across our UK and US businesses and our procurement teams will play a significant role in supporting the investment, providing transformational solutions to achieve net zero. And that's why we're expanding our team globally with 90 additional roles.
  • We're currently a team of over 300 talented professionals that cover a diverse range of categories from Indirect, IT & Digital, Network Operations (Maintenance & Repair) to Construction and Network equipment, with a clear mission: to enable a clean, fair and affordable energy future through commercial, responsible and innovative supply chain leadership.
  • We embrace flexibility and empower our team to shape their own success with our dynamic hybrid working environment and realise that to be successful we must invest in our people and capabilities.
  • What you'll do
  • Working as part of one of our Direct category teams, reporting into a Category Manager, you will be empowered to bring to life our category strategies through the delivery of tenders and initiatives that will ensure that your stakeholders across the UK and US have the goods and services they need to accelerate the 40bn of investment to upgrade of our networks to meet future energy needs in a decarbonised world.
  • Value-Driven Strategic sourcing - Lead multiple sourcing events within the category portfolio and ensure the delivery of high-value and complex tenders
    Category Management - Play a pivotal role in developing and delivering a category strategy; taking the lead on identifying and executing value initiatives ensuring optimal solutions for my client
    Supplier management and collaboration - Foster and maintain strong relationships with global suppliers and collaborate with stakeholders building partnerships that encourage innovation and drive value
    Procurement advisor - Set the standards for procurement excellence and actively coach and guide other Category Leads (Buyers) and Assistants within the team

What we're looking for

  • We're looking for people who can demonstrate creativity and commercial acumen whilst identifying opportunities to drive value and deliver our net zero ambition, and a passion to grow yourself and our business. Someone who.

  • Has significant experience in leading the development and execution of category strategies and management of tendering events.
    Brings prior experience from roles such as Senior Category Lead or Senior Buyer - Alternatively if you're ready to step up into a more senior capacity, we encourage you to apply
    Can effectively communicate, engage, and form dynamic teams with stakeholders building strong working relationships at all levels.
    Can collate and organise data, analyse commercial issues and bring insight to the detail of costs and contracts.
    Can scope, deliver, and execute robust fit for purpose contractual agreements
    Achievement of a CIPS qualification
  • If you're excited about this role, but your experience or qualifications don't match the job description exactly, we encourage you to apply - you might just be the right person for our growing business.

If this is of interest to you, please apply with an up to date CV. If you have not had a response following a 48 hour period, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion

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