Senior Buyer

Chelmsford, Essex
Job Description
Purpose: To functionally lead the department, providing the business with excellent procurement support at a strategic and tactical level, driving out cost wherever possible without compromising the required quality considerations and timescales.  To ensure the continuous improvement and effective implementation of procurement strategies, processes and procedures.  Embedding best procurement practice into the business, controlling risk and maximising value.

Key Deliverables:

  • The key purpose of this role is to execute the Procurement Strategy with limited supervision and in alignment to the Group’s business unit strategies.
  • Assure compliance with and actively enforce procurement policies to meet or exceed business targets and customer needs.
  • Identify, raise and drive initiatives for simplification to produce a leaner, more efficient procurement process and supply chain.
  • Execute RFQs and coordinate supplier selection decisions based on cost, capability, quality, on-time delivery and effective cash management to meet business needs.
  • Support the procurement team drafting contracts and with complex negotiations.
  • Analyse bids at tender and contract award stage using a variety of methods (inclusive of should cost, detailed price break down, different contracting methods) to ensure that the best price and delivery is being achieved.
  • Identifying, managing and developing the relationship and performance of suppliers whether in support of complex marine related projects and product lines or shore based facilities and indirect expenditure.
  • Establish auditable and transparent purchasing records/documentation; to include tendering, contracts, purchase orders, supplier selection and performance reviews.
  • Work on cost down initiatives, source and on board new suppliers and proactively benchmark against alternative suppliers
  • Day to day procurement activities as required for allocated categories.
  • Any other appropriate tasks that the company requires.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Degree qualified with a minimum of 10 years’ Procurement experience.
  • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills with the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Good working knowledge of Contractual terms and conditions.
  • Ability to demonstrate deliverables and achievements as a result of working with suppliers and implementing strategies.
  • Extensive experience of delivering complex projects on time and under budget.
  • Proven experience of supplier selection, management and development.
  • Ability to manage demanding workload with multiple conflicting and changeable priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to influence at all levels within the organisation.
  • Ability to travel, both nationally and internationally as required.
  • Good working knowledge of all ‘Microsoft’ applications: particularly Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • A dynamic individual, being a good team player that is flexible and can function well under pressure.


  • At least 3 years experience in a procurement role which involves strategic procurement.
  • Experience of Oil and Gas industry.
  • Experience of Offshore Renewables industry.
  • Formal qualification in MCIPS advantageous but not essential.
  • Experience in project procurement on an international basis.
About The Company

The Global Marine Group is an innovative market leader in offshore engineering and consists of three business units; CWind delivering power cable and asset management services topside and subsea to the offshore renewables and utilities market, Global Marine providing fibre optic cable solutions to the telecommunications and oil & gas markets and Global Offshore delivering trenching and power cable lay services to the oil & gas industry.

The company has two successful joint ventures in China, SB Submarine Systems and Huawei Marine, demonstrating the true global reach of the company.  The combined experience and knowledge has led to significant embedded intellectual property and an enviable track record.

GMG has an outstanding health & safety record, completing 1.65 million hours worked in 2016, without injury and stands by a core value of safety first.

The company is in a unique position owning one of the world’s largest offshore support vessel fleets. The company has installed over 300,000 kilometers of subsea cable, which is around 21% of the total installed worldwide.

The Group aspires to achieve its vision ‘Engineering a clean and connected future’.