Procurement Category Buyer

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Please note: We're all currently working remotely due to Covid-19. We hope to be back in the office in the new year.

The Procurement Category Buyer role is responsible for the purchasing of various categories of PA’s spend. Under the direction of the Global Procurement Manager, this role will be responsible for building, recommending and implementing the following key components to support the Global Procurement Strategy:

  • Global (year on year) sourcing strategies to cover specific category purchasing requirements that will deliver savings and value-added benefits to PA
  • To implement robust commercial and contractual terms to support the control of PA’s expenditure
  • To implement performance management techniques such as Service Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators
  • To build good working relationships with all key stakeholders – internal, external and at all levels

The Procurement Category Buyer is required to work closely with a variety of teams and individuals within PA and will be the link between the supply of goods/services and the business to ensure the highest quality of services and compliance is met. Responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying and selecting strategic supply partnerships, supplier management, commercial and contractual negotiations
  • Leading all aspects of the procurement cycle in partnership with the business
  • Delivering cost savings against the agreed sourcing strategies and reporting both bottom line and cost avoidance savings to finance
  • Performance managing strategic suppliers by developing service level agreements and key performance indicators
  • Promoting best practice contract management
  • Retaining all relevant documentation and commercial documents.
  • Reporting compliance against procurement policy
  • Communication to drive the procurement message home to internal customers around process and policy
What we're looking for
  • Minimum of 5 years purchasing experience
  • Experience of delivering cost reduction through use of appropriate sourcing, contract management and supplier management tools and techniques
  • Experience of sourcing indirect categories such as FM, HR, Professional Services, IT, Marketing
  • Ability to problem solve
  • The gravitas to communicate and influence at levels of an organisation
  • CIPS (chartered institute of purchasing and supply) qualified is preferred but not essential
  • Commercially astute


  • Private medical insurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme 
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)
About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Inclusion & Diversity

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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Job information

Firm: PA Consulting Group

Location: Cambridge



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