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Category Buyer


£27k pa plus Excellent Benefits Package


Our client a global manufacturing business is looking to recruit an experienced Buyer to join their purchasing team.


Job Description

The Category Buyer reports to our Purchasing Manager and works closely with the Operations team.


The Category Buyer will be responsible for managing all purchasing activities for the Harrogate site, relating to the following:

  •          Raw Materials
  •          Factored and subcontracted items
  •          Packaging (cartons/containers/labels)
  •          Utilities & photocopier contracts
  •          Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Supplies, including Operations PPE
  •          Marketing literature and promo items
  •          Workwear contract and stationery supplies


You will consider and implement strategies to drive long-term improvements in commodity quality, supplier delivery performance, acquisition cost and stocking levels.


Your supply risk analytical skills will identify and recognise potential supply issues that may pose a risk to our operational efficiency, and communicating these at an appropriate opportunity. As required, you will manage the appropriate risk mitigation plan. 


Through effective SRM, you will ensure to develop relationships with suppliers that elevate the business to a level that does not necessarily correlate with the account size, and to ensure that you fully understand the supplier's business.


Essential skills and qualifications required for this role include:

Full (or min Level 4) CIPS qualification.

Ability to build strong & effective supplier/stakeholder relationships.

Purchasing experience working within a manufacturing environment.

Good knowledge of SAGE X3 or other ERP system.

Willing to identify and develop new Operations/Supply Chain ideas and solutions.

Self-motivated, with ability to work under own initiative or as part of a team.

MS Office knowledge, with good Excel ability.

Excellent analytical skills.

Ability to communicate effectively across all levels & departments.


Full clean driving license required

This is a full time permanent position in Harrogate (37 ½ hours per week)



The successful candidates can expect to receive a highly competitive package including:

  •          Company pension plan
  •          Private Health care
  •          Life assurance
  •          Permanent Health Insurance
  •          23 days annual leave + statutory holidays
  •          Cycle to Work Scheme
  •          Childcare Vouchers