Vendor Management Buyer - FTC

Job ID 2023-1887
# of Openings
Location : Location


At RM we provide technology and resources to the education sector, supporting schools, teachers and learners, with one goal, to improve education outcomes worldwide. What we do helps all levels of the industry, from preschool to higher education and professional qualification, our customers include schools, examination boards, central governments and other professional institutions. We have a clear purpose to enrich the lives of learners worldwide. 

To better reflect the society that we serve, we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. To achieve this, we create teams of talented people from different backgrounds and experiences and strive to be a business where our people can bring their whole selves to work. 


As Vendor Management Buyer you will report directly to the Purchasing Manager and be a key member within the department. You will be responsible for maintaining and improving supplier performance and negotiating best value and competitive terms from our UK and international suppliers within your categories.

You will work alongside your colleagues to maximise margin and quality, introducing and resourcing new products that are compliant to industry standard. Taking ownership for identifying cost and supplier reduction opportunities, you will use your procurement experience to realise savings without compromising on quality or delivery.


Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for taking the lead on performance and spend for your suppliers based both in the UK and internationally.
  • Negotiation of annual catalogue pricing, rebates and promotional support as well as supplier contracts and supply chain agreements.
  • Deliver cost reduction initiatives, delivering sustainable gross margin improvements through negotiation and resourcing of product.
  • The categorisation and sign off of new products introduced to the business, ensuring quality assurance, product safety and certification.
  • Sourcing of new suppliers both in the UK and overseas who can add to our product offering, ensuring conformance to quality standards and certification.
  • Work with internal departments to identify opportunities for improvement and speedy resolution of issues.
  • Analysing and identifying risk throughout the supply base, creating contingency plans to mitigate their impact and improve performance.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • 3 years of Purchasing experience within a fast moving environment.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to work closely and influence others.
  • Confident use of Excel and Office as well as ERP systems.
  • Experience of successfully managing multiple supplier accounts.
  • Experience of working with suppliers both in the UK and globally.
  • Capable of managing conflicting priorities and able to organise workload as required.
  • Strong commercial and financial awareness.
  • A completer finisher who is self-motivated, has excellent interpersonal skills and is accomplished at presenting to all levels.
  • Working towards a CIPs qualification or degree equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience of operational processes and understanding of supply chain techniques.


What’s in it for you? 


At RM we recently introduced My Work Blend @RM which provides office-based colleagues with multi location and hybrid working options to suit them. As well as your office base, you can spend a proportion of your time working at other locations that suit your role and your life, including home, other offices, customer sites, distribution centres or on the move. We encourage you to discuss arrangements for this role with your potential line manager during the recruitment process. We expect how we make best use of hybrid working may continue to adapt as we adjust to our new ways of working. 

RM is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all permanent and temporary staff to share this commitment. This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks. 


At RM we are committed to making the recruitment process as inclusive as possible for everyone. Should you require additional support with your application or through the interview process, please contact us at recruitment@rm.com. 

As well as a competitive salary and our core benefits package which includes private medical healthcare, life assurance and a Group Personal Pension Plan with higher contribution levels available, some roles are also eligible for a performance-related bonus. 


There are lots of voluntary benefits too. You could buy additional annual leave, join our dental plan, sign for a health assessment, or take part in our cycle to work scheme. You could even earn yourself an extra bonus for successfully recommending a friend or family member for a position within RM. 


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