Category Buyer

Date Posted: 14 days ago
Salary: £38,000 - £45,000 a year

Job Description

REQ ID: 57226
JOB TITLE: Category Buyer
SALARY: £38,000 - £45,000
POSTING END DATE: 26/09/2021

Beyond Property, Purchasing, HR and IT, more than being part of our Finance or Marketing teams, beyond even Sales and Service, every role in every business area offers unique opportunities to make an impact on the future of mobility and the automotive industry.


The Category Buyer responsible will work with internal JLR Stakeholders and supplier representatives to implement and manage relevant contracts and to agree Procurement Strategies that deliver value for money and fit for purpose solutions.

There will be a mixture of tactical and strategic purchasing activities, and one of the main tasks will be to implement and embed robust contract management, specifically in the Shared Services/BPO space.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Category Strategy:

  • Responsible for delivery of Strategic Category Plans, in line with annual scorecard targets and ensuring the SCP is kept up to date in line with the annual scorecard review target
  • Accountable for ensuring analytics on suppliers, market and business requirements is available for their categories
  • Accountable for application of SCP to specific sourcing requirements including supplier selection and go to market approach
  • Develop the optimal supplier base consistent with the Strategic Category Plans.
  • Lead a varied stakeholder group in developing strategic activities which form SCPs.


  • Responsible for delivering sourcing in line with policy and to agreed targets through GSP and deploying Total Cost of Ownership approach
  • Manage numerous Stakeholders and determine best fit procurement route per project
  • Accountable for leading complex supplier negotiations including legal and financial approval pre Contract / Purchase Order, engaging specialist teams and Global Purchasing Finance as required for their category
  • Ensure alignment with Regional Buying Colleagues to ensure strategic / tactical sourcing is in line with category strategy
  • Responsible for supply chain risk management for their sub category, engaging with specialist functions where required.

Contract Management / Supplier Relationship Management:

  • Implement robust Contract Management across key commercial agreements.
  • Management of existing contracts, and development of more strategic / less tactical approaches.
  • Manage supplier relationships and supplier performance
  • Deliver annual in-contract and value added savings
  • Engage closely with key stakeholders to maximise Purchasing influence and ensure alignment with Purchasing processes and policy


  • Previous experience as a Buyer in an Indirect Procurement function.
  • Self-motivated, uses initiative and problem solver – focussed on delivering results, with a proven track record of demonstrating logic and analytical thinking
  • Able to deliver quality and consistency in a complex, highly demanding environment
  • Professionally qualified with a proven track record in a purchasing environment
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills (experience in managing senior stakeholders is vital)
  • Excellent stakeholder management and relationship management skills and experience
  • An excellent negotiator with a proven track record of successful commercial negotiations
  • Able to manage and execute complex projects on time and in budget.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to converse at all levels of the organisation and with external suppliers/customers


Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.

Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.

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