• Senior Buyer

    Posted Date 7 months ago(10/05/2019 16:05)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.



    What will I be doing?

    • Identify the procurement need from purchase requisition (electronic, BOM or manual form). Challenge ill-defined, incomplete, non-conforming forms, specs and authorisations.
    • Prepare and issue RFQ enquiries and ITT packages, incorporating client and project specific requirements, negotiating best possible commercial terms.
    • Competitive bid analysis, including compilation of commercial and technical bid tab & chair commercial/technical clarification meetings.
    • Prepare and issue for approval single / sole source justification forms and / or vendor selection reports as required.
    • Place Purchase Orders through the corporate purchasing system.
    • Manage the cradle to grave procurement cycle within the purchasing system.
    • Hold / attend PO kick off / Pre-Production Meeting as required.
    • Undertake the appropriate Pre / Post PO administrative requirements and departmental administrative requirements as may be required from time to time.
    • Draft, develop and maintain the project procurement, plan & dashboard to ensure effective communication between procurement, project team (including but not limited to Project Management, Engineering, Expediting, QA/QC SHE, site teams) suppliers and client.
    • Project delivery and control (cost, schedule, quality) ensuring compliance with Costain policies, systems, procedures and contract requirements.
    • Undertake supplier performance reviews and B2B meetings in line with company process and procedure.
    • Pre-qualification and selection of suppliers.
    • Provide support / cover for the Project Procurement Lead on the assigned Project(s).

    About you

    • >7yrs demonstrable experience in a demanding project procurement EPC / EPCm environment.
    • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-discipline team.
    • Financial and commercial awareness commensurate with the delivery of contracts for goods and services.
    • Good relationship management experience and skills, covering all organisational levels.
    • Demonstrable experience of procuring a range of complex packages in an EPC / EPCm environment.
    • Proficient in the use of a computerised purchasing system.
    • Supply chain management and contract management experience.
    • Negotiation skills.
    • Contractual and commercial acumen.

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.



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