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Category Buyer (Indirect)

An exciting opportunity for a Category Buyer to join our experienced Procurement team, within the growing ar

An exciting opportunity for a Category Buyer to join our experienced Procurement team, within the growing area of Indirects. In this role you will own the professional services category across the institute and develop category strategies and stakeholder relationships with those key indirect areas such as HR, IT, Media & PR, Health & Safety.

You’ll be given ownership of categories in various levels of development and expected to define the associated strategies through building stakeholder relationships and developing strong supply market knowledge.

You will have a good background in Procurement and whilst specific category knowledge is flexible, a strong understanding and belief in the value Procurement can deliver, is important.


As a Category Buyer at the Wellcome Sanger Institute you will:

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with stakeholders and suppliers. Share knowledge, build trust and credibility to enable influential communication.
  • Establish good understanding of department strategy for allocated stakeholder areas, building this into Category planning
  • Manage and prioritise project workload based on Procurement principles of adding value and mitigating risk – proposing changes to approach and processes where required
  • Proactively identify new projects through stakeholder interaction
  • Formalise Category strategies, project sourcing strategies in close collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Provide commercial insight to stakeholders and project teams, based on market knowledge and wider Institute activity
  • Constructively challenge the status quo to increase value and identify/mitigate risks


About the team: 

You’ll be working in a collaborative and flexible Procurement team which has a clear vison of maximising value and minimizing commercial risk for the Institute.

We have an agile team of Procurement professionals who are passionate about maximising value from our third party spend, ultimately enabling the Institute to deliver more world-class science within its budgets. Come and help us achieve this!


Essential Skills


  • Strong and collaborative working relationships with relevant stakeholders and project team members
  • Self-starter, able to work autonomously, but with full support of Partners and Heads of Procurement where required
  • Proven negotiator with suppliers and customers alike and has the ability to develop collaborative relationships both internally and externally
  • Strong advocate for Procurement value proposition
  • Demonstrable experience in category management and associated tools/techniques
  • Ability to take underlying data and present narrative and recommendations to stakeholders
  • Solution and output orientated with a willingness to take on challenges
  • Proven ability to listen, understand business needs and provide win-win solutions in a proactive and principled manner
  • Flexible and pragmatic attitude
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Good understanding of key contractual terms


Other information

 Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Closing date: 24th August, 2020

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution 
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events.

We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.