Graduate Buyer

Warrington, Cheshire
£27, 000
05 Oct 2016
13 Nov 2016
Job Type
Graduate jobs

United Utilities provides water and sewage services to around seven million people in North West England.  Behind the scenes that means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times round the planet, investing billions of pounds to improve water and the environment across the North West, while taking care of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive countryside in the region. We’re embracing new technology, thinking outside the box to improve services for our customers and even harnessing the renewable energy potential of the region’s water, waste and weather. 

In short, it’s our job to bring three million households and 200,000 businesses, clean, clear water and to take their waste water away so our customers can simply get on with their day.

You will provide procurement and contract management services within United Utilities Commercial Directorate and participate in the ongoing development of United Utilities commercial standards, processes and procedures.


  • Within 12 to 24 months, you will be expected to have developed your tendering process knowledge and skills; knowledge of markets and contracting strategies, in line with company standards and procedures and support the delivery of commercial solutions that represent reliable and cost effective and optimum value for money.
  • You will also develop a good understanding of the commercial interfaces across the business and how the commercial function supports the delivery of business objectives and targets on behalf of customers. You will engage with operational staff and suppliers to support the on-going delivery of contracts and framework agreements.
  •  You will be expected to be pro-actively involved in resolving operational issues with suppliers such that the risk of dispute is minimised and a good working relationship is maintained by all parties.
  •   You will gain a good working knowledge of Category Management principles and be expected to identify opportunities to improve processes and use data sets to provide opportunities to optimise services to customers.
  • You will develop a thorough working knowledge of the regulated environment in which we operate and more specifically the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016
  • You will be expected to complete appropriate training and undertake a course of study to become a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • You will be expected to have good communication skills and the ability to write clear, concise, accurate reports and recommendations, produce and maintain quality category data / dashboards and support customers in the development of specifications.
  • You should be self-motivated and able to work on your own or as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team, under the supervision of senior staff, providing support to the Category Manager and Lead Buyer.

Knowledge and Skills

  • 2:1 Accredited Degree in a relevant Business discipline
  • Good written, numeracy and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communications skills