Strategic Procurement Buyer**
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Job Purpose
Category management and sourcing to introduce, develop and manage framework agreements for the Skanska UK business.

Principle Duties & Accountabilities

Procurement of Direct and Indirect materials and services, including the preparation, maintenance and communication of all associated documentation.

Bidding / Tendering

Running future RFI / RFP events.

Negotiating with suppliers and service providers.

Development of comprehensive rate structures.

Development of thorough and robust contracts and framework agreements.

Supplier Relationships

Managing both existing and future supplier relationships and contracts.

Regular planned and structured Service Level Agreement meetings with suppliers and service providers.

Involvement in relationship management programmes.

Investigation, development and instigation of framework agreement improvements, to create lasting benefits to the Skanska business.

Spend Analysis

Analysis of current and future category spend patterns.

Procurement Strategy and Development

Where necessary representing Skanska UK on a wider platform, such as Skanska Global Procurement initiatives.

Ensure compliance to the Skanska Code of Conduct.

Develop with suppliers and providers such tools to enable the better process of business.

Liaise with suppliers in the establishment of Skanska UK specific electronic tools and catalogues.

Operating Unit Support

Providing Skanska UK Operating Units with strategic support in the “day to day” management of framework agreements.

Use acquired knowledge and skills to help Operating Units overcome strategic difficulties.


Promote and raise the profile of Procurement activities, processes and procedures.

Manage compliance to framework agreements.

Ensure clear and unambiguous delivery and integration of new framework agreements into the Skanska UK business.

Continuous Improvement

Analysing current systems and agreements, suggesting and implementing improvements.

Monitoring the market and benchmarking costs.

Health, Safety, Environment and Quality

Promoting the company safety, environmental and quality culture.

Incorporate all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental best practice into framework agreements.

Actively participate in the reduction of the environmental impact of our business.

Key Working Relationships

Reports to:
Strategic Procurement Manager / Procurement Manager.

Liaison with:
A wide range of Skanska UK stakeholders, influencing their procurement activities.

Organisations from construction and other sectors which can contribute to the development of Skanska’s procurement strategies and processes.

Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications Required

GCSE grades C and above or equivalent (incl. Maths and English Language)

Competence in the use of MS Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint

A procurement or equivalent higher level business qualification would be an advantage


Customer focus - works to understand customer and suppliers needs, to meet and exceed expectations and to establish and maintain longer term customer and supplier relationships. Awareness of internal and external business and commercial context of work. Demonstrates ‘global’ thinking, as well a local acting.

Strategic thinking - awareness of the organisation’s strengths, weaknesses and competitive position in the market place. Demonstrates ‘global’ thinking, as well as local acting in developing and communicating objectives and strategies.

Operational skills - systematic and timely approach to decision making and problem solving. Critical analysis of information to identify key elements in an issue.

Results driven - high levels of personal drive and commitment. Effective goal setting for self and others. Endeavours to raise standards. Persistent and tenacious when faced with difficulties.

People leadership - the capacity to inspire and motivate others through skilful use of appropriate leadership style to suit team situation. Earning of respect through merit and the ability to act as a role model.

Self management - the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. The demonstration of effective listening and questioning to check understanding. The ability to persuade and influence others to gain agreement to and acceptance of ideas.

Staff skills - the identification, allocation and monitoring of resources in order to achieve goals. Prioritising and scheduling objectives so as to optimise time, cost and quality.


Procurement process management - ensuring the effectiveness and continuing development of the procurement process. The application establishment and modification of processes, strategies and control procedures involved in procurement activities.

Supply chain/base analysis - development and implementation of sourcing strategies, including significant elements of the Skanska Category Management process. Ensuring all suppliers and subcontractors can deliver required SHEQ and Code of Conduct compliance and performance.

Risk and opportunity management - managing commercial, reputation, ethical and other risks associated with the procurement process to ensure that undesirable consequences of the risks are mitigated and opportunities realised. Ensure compliance with Skanska Code of Conduct and Sustainable Procurement policies. Use key skills required in selection and appointment of supply chain.

Contract selection and legal - drafting, negotiating, and agreeing clear, concise, and complete contractual documentation which identifies roles and responsibilities. An understanding of contract law and the ability to access and apply specialist legal and technical advice.

Negotiation - identifies and agrees division of value and risk with third parties. Plans the negotiating strategy, utilising leverage, identifying the risks, and developing options to close a contract successfully. Uses a wide range of influencing styles in order to execute negotiations with third parties.

Finance - undertaking a meaningful financial appraisal and assessment of risk. An ability to understand costing methods and valuation and analyse financial information. Monitor customers' and suppliers' business/trading situation to avoid bad risks.

Contract management (SRM) - utilise and where necessary develop, robust contract management and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) systems. Assessing contractual compliance of both parties, establishing appropriate and effective key performance indicators, managing any disputes in a timely, appropriate and effective manner, identifying continuous improvement opportunities. Developing supply chain capability.

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Skanska USA Building Inc. is a leading national and local provider of construction, pre-construction consulting, general contracting and...