Category Buyer

Location: Peterborough Posted Date: January 15, 2020
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Employer Job Id: 2000006B Careermine Job Id: 1828999
Job Title: Category Buyer

Salary: £45,000 - 52,000 (Depending on Experience)

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Benefits: 25 days annual leave,

Up to 12% bonus

Contributory pension scheme - Caterpillar will double the employee's contribution Up to 10%

Contributory share scheme - Caterpillar will match 50% of the employee's contribution

CAT Advantage High Street Discount Website

Relocation: Not supported in this role

Sponsorship: Not supported in this role

Flexible working arrangements will be considered for this role, in-line with the needs of the business.

Who is Caterpillar? What do we do?

Caterpillar is a world leader in construction and mining equipment-creating innovative, cutting-edge products

and services that help our customers build the world around us. With that level of impact comes the platform

to care for the world, we work in. That's why we lead sustainable green initiatives to preserve the environment,

help reduce poverty with the Caterpillar Foundation and stay involved in the communities we help build.

What will Caterpillar do for you?

From day one, you're set up to thrive at Caterpillar: helpful training, relatable mentors, global experience, competitive salary package, work-life balance and the growth opportunities you expect with a Fortune 100 company.

You power our success and we are committed to empowering yours. After all, when your work can impact the entire world, it's important to do work that matters.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a buyer to join our Peterborough based team with energy, capability and the desire to research, assess and deliver strategic sourcing plans along with driving execution, for a wide range of fabrication and composite components, while managing productive commercial relationships with our current supply base. Collaborating with our global purchasing colleagues they will deliver the European element of a unified, competitive, risk mitigated, 5 year strategy. This will ensure secured supply through the business cycles for the global engine facilities that we serve.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

• This role is responsible and accountable for the development, and / or communication and implementation of a regional sourcing strategy. Responsible for development, management, and execution of the global category strategy managing policies, agreements, source catalogues, and special procurement programs.

• Ensure business continuity, supplier risk management (capacity & financial), logistics, contract management, supplier commercial negotiations, cost / spend management, Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA) assurance, supplier on / off boarding, response time optimisation and resource management decisions

• Demonstrate leadership in recognising the potential for cost and inventory reductions and promoting a Zero Defect methodology, as well as responsibility for soundness of business proposals and risk assessment.

• To serve as the primary contact for commercial discussions and negotiations with suppliers

• Promote the highest level of professionalism and business ethics

• Collaborate with Supplier Development Engineers to lead and drive continuous improvement in Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development and Management (QCLDM) with key suppliers.

• Build and foster mutually beneficial supplier relationships at all organisational levels.

• Identify, qualify, and on-board new suppliers and proactively manage their maturation within the business units

Skills and Experience:

Candidates will have gained the following skills and experience through previous roles:


• Experience in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, or engineering ideally gained in a manufacturing, automotive or fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) environment.

• The position requires an undergraduate degree from a college or university, or equivalent experience.

• Well-developed interpersonal skills are required in dealing with sensitive issues, developing others, reaching consensus on specific actions along with project execution.

• This individual has relevant Purchasing Experience

• Analytical and problem-solving skills

• Effective communicator in written and oral form at all levels within the business units and supply base

• Has sound negotiation experience, able to interpret, analyse, and negotiate contractual cost elements.


• Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles as applied by Caterpillar and our suppliers

• Understanding of Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development and Management principles (QCLDM) principles.

• Professional certification in Purchasing and / or Inventory Management preferred e.g. CIPS

NB. The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your qualifications and experience on your CV relevant to the criteria outlined.

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).