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Job Description


Our client, United Utilities , is looking to recruit a Scientist the role will be based at their Warrington site, this is a hybrid role with a minimum of two days in the office (flexible)

Job Purpose
United Utilities is expanding its Commercial Team as part of an exciting transformation underway within the Department. This creates some fantastic career opportunities for passionate and driven purchasing professionals to join our amazing team and join us in delivering a greater level of customer engagement, through connecting with our supply chain. With 18 roles from category and contract manager to trainee buyers we have a range of opportunities for people to join us and play a key part in ensuring we drive value for customers and protect our environment when delivering key digital and engineering projects.

As Buyer, you'll support the successful delivery of United Utilities business needs by providing a professional commercial service, encompassing one or more of the core areas of procurement and contract management. The service is to be undertaken in accordance with high professional standards and business principles in compliance with regulatory and company procedures and policies.

As part of the Corporate & Technical Services team, you'll be supporting our most diverse area of spend, such as Facilities Management, Fleet, Environmental Services, Chemicals, and Professional Services.

To support the development of category plans and sourcing strategies for categories of spend across functional and organisation boundaries ensuring optimum value for money for UU.
Engage with stakeholders to support the alignment of business strategy and policy to deliver category plans.
Ensure contractual compliance and proactively manage supplier performance throughout the contract period.
Support the delivery of innovation and cost reduction to the business through category plans including best practice commercial terms; supplier relationship management; volume leverage; total cost management; demand challenge; process efficiency/compliance; external benchmarking of best practice.
Act as a subject matter expert.
Manage conflicting business priorities
Provide support and timely escalation to the Category Manager
Ensure commercial compliance
Proactively support the management and mitigation of commercial risks
Provide commercial expertise and guidance
Ensure collaborative working across the commercial directorate
Work collaboratively with the regulatory procurement team, to ensure delivery of compliant procurement
Produce and maintain quality category data/dashboards.
Support the development and maintenance of:
* Business needs and opportunity analysis
* Market analysis
* Contract strategies
* Responsible for creation and quality assurance of sourcing documents
* Evaluation to award
* Implementation of contracts/framework agreements
* Maintain effective management of contracts/framework agreements
This list is not exhaustive and includes any other ad-hoc duties and responsibilities required from time to time.

Knowledge and Skills
CIPS qualified or relevant equivalent qualification or Working towards CIPS qualification or relevant equivalent qualification
Previous relevant experience
Knowledge of key category management processes, tools and methodologies used across the whole procurement life-cycle
Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
Experience of working collaboratively with the business to support commercial proposals
Commercial negotiation and resolution skills
Working knowledge of Regulated procurement and contract law

Additional Information
Should your application be successful, and you are offered the role, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any assignment offer with our client will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from Disclosure Barring Service.
This vacancy is being advertised by Rullion Resource acting as an employment business.

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