Offers “ARGOS”


Buyer - Marketing & Loyalty

  • Holborn (Greater London)
  • Sales

Job description

Job Description

Why join us  

Joining Sainsbury's as a Buyer offers a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the business through your passion, determination, and strategic mindset. Collaborating with Procurement managers, you will play a vital role in developing complex commercial strategies, driving value for money, and delivering outstanding solutions for our customers and colleagues. With the support of the Procurement team, you will have the autonomy to negotiate with suppliers, build strong relationships, and manage the end-to-end execution of the sourcing process. As a critical business partner, you will challenge and support stakeholders, manage risks, and ensure that category plans align with our Procurement and Supplier Management Policy, all while maintaining the highest levels of integrity. With a strong focus on continuous improvement and learning, joining our team means being part of an environment that values curiosity, resilience, and the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced setting. 

What you'll do  

You’ll be responsible for executing the commercial and sourcing strategy for your assigned category or subcategories. Collaborating with Procurement Managers, you will contribute to the development of complex commercial strategies and provide analytical and research support. Your role will involve conducting sourcing activities such as supplier appraisal and selection, negotiation, and contract management. You will develop and execute category plans, gaining understanding of internal and external supply markets, and influencing stakeholders to support your ideas. Additionally, you will be accountable for the management of key suppliers, ensuring effective partner relationships and successful contract transitions. Flexibility will be required as you deliver commercial projects and adhere to procurement and supplier management policies. Your success will depend on your ability to prioritise actions, engage in stakeholder management, lead negotiations, drive results, and maintain integrity in all aspects of your work. 

Who you are  

You are an experienced procurement professional with a strong understanding of procurement principles and techniques. With a deep knowledge of your specific category or subcategories, you have a good awareness of external supply markets, emerging trends, and potential risks. Your expertise in negotiating with third parties and managing supplier relationships allows you to effectively execute the commercial and sourcing strategies for your category, ensuring value for money and delivering outstanding solutions for Sainsbury's. With strong communication skills, commercial acumen, and the ability to build successful relationships with stakeholders, you confidently navigate complex conversations and influence decision-making. As a results-oriented individual, you are committed to delivering objectives and operating with integrity, while continuously seeking opportunities for improvement and growth within the procurement field. 


An experienced Procurement professional, or comparable relevant commercial experience, with an understanding of Procurement principles and techniques  

An awareness of external supply markets, including emerging trends, opportunities, and risks within your field 

Experience of negotiating with 3 rd parties, with a basic legal knowledge and some experience of contract negotiation  

Experience of stakeholder management  

Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to explain complex ideas in a simple way  


Experience of 3rd party relationship management  

Experience of project management  

Abiltiy to influence and confidently engage up to and including Senior Manager level 

Commercial acumen and desire to build a career in Procurement.  

Autonomous and able to use initiative to problem solve without need for direction.  

Curiosity and inquisitiveness.  

Ability to apply an analytical and methodical approach to problem solving. 

Being comfortable working with abstract ideas and detailed data.  

Resilient and adaptable- effectively operating in a dynamic, fast paced environments.

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