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Senior Buyer

London (Greater)
Closing date
17 May 2024

Job Details

The Senior Buyer role provides a professional procurement striving to achieve value for money and high stakeholder satisfaction. The role delivers outcomes and objectives as agreed with the Procurement Manager whilst also managing subcontract procurement for the programme of works.

What you will be doing

  • Ensure that appropriate behaviours and approaches are always adopted, leading by example in the pursuit of successful delivery of the project.
  • Negotiating directly with suppliers to ensure benefits from the best rates and terms for the supply of goods and services.
  • In partnership with the Procurement Manager approve bid proposals and specifications to make recommendations on purchases.
  • Undertake supplier approval administration duties and supplier relationship building.
  • Progress purchase orders and communicate issues to the wider Alliance teams.
  • Arrange for delivery of ordered material to expedite flow of materials and meet programme schedules.
  • Placement of orders for Direct and Indirect materials, in conjunction with company guidelines.
  • Provide support to Project teams and wider Alliance disciplines on issues concerning purchasing.
  • Manage the tender process for subcontract packages through Asite.
  • Meet with operational teams and deliver their buying requirements.
  • Ensure savings, rebates and compliance are achieved in line with Alliance procurement strategy and associated policies and procedures.
  • Executing end to end procurement processes, including data collection, document preparation, negotiation, contract award, contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • Manage communication with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Maintain auditable records in line with governance and contract.
  • Feed into the PPC weekly reporting schedule
  • Maintain / update the Alliance Procurement Schedule.
  • Embed the use of Asite with the project teams.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties required in line with capabilities and the needs of the project.

Who we are looking for

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant subject or demonstrable industry experience.
  • CIPS or MCIPS accredited
  • Previous exposure of procurement experience as a Senior Buyer.
  • Proven ability to expertly use a range of relevant software.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with all staff and external contacts at all levels.
  • Utilises negotiation skills where appropriate to influence position outcomes.
  • Ability to present and communicate complex data in a clear and concise manner ensuring clarity and understanding.
  • Personal resilience and ability to respond positively to pressure.

About Murphy

Charity is at the heart of Murphy values; you will receive 2 days leave per year to donate your time to a charity of your choosing. Many teams choose to support a charity together to positively impact our communities. 
Access to Murphy Wellbeing: you will have access to a host of online tools, mental health trained colleagues, and if needs be external professional support because we understand that work and life offers challenges that sometimes need a little extra support.
Murphy is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture, making Murphy a great place to work where we can all thrive. You can get involved in numerous events and even join our committee dedicated to continuously nurturing Murphy’s inclusive culture.

If you think Murphy is the place to help you thrive in a great team dedicated to delivery and engineering excellence, and want to work in an inclusive team culture that rewards performance and drives personal development, then get in touch. 

What you’ll get in return

  • Dedicated and continued investment in your professional development.
  • 27 days holiday, plus bank holidays with the option to buy an additional 2 days holiday each year
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Above market rate contributory pension scheme
  • Other benefits if applicable
  • Other Murphy benefits include retail discounts and cashback, discounted gym memberships, cycle to work scheme etc

We’re proud to have become the latest employer to #BantheBoxUK and reduce barriers to employment for people with criminal records. Employers often ask candidates about criminal convictions at the initial stage of a job application. If so, people with convictions are often excluded from roles for which they may be qualified and capable of doing.

By signing up to @Business in the Community’s Ban the Box campaign, we have committed to:

  • Removing the tick box from our job application forms that asks about criminal convictions
  • Considering applicants’ skills, experience, and ability to do the job before asking about criminal convictions
  • Ensuring that the circumstances of any convictions are fairly assessed before a decision is made

If you are unable to apply via the usual process, please call 07935 344342 to discuss in more detail.

J Murphy & Sons Limited is unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.


Murphy is a leading international, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company founded in 1951 that improves life by delivering world-class infrastructure. Operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, Murphy provides better engineered solutions to infrastructure sectors including transportation, water, power and natural resources. We also have a number of related businesses – Ground Engineering; Utility Connections; Murphy Plant; Murphy Process Engineering; Pipeline Testing Services; Specialist Welding Services; and Electrical Services.

Murphy is a specialist in delivering pipelines, design, structural steel, tunnelling, fabrication, bridges and piling, and has a substantial holding of plant, equipment and facilities. Murphy employs more than 4,000 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives around the world. Together, we work as ‘One Murphy’ by directly delivering the people, plant and expertise needed to make projects a success. There’s more to Murphy.  

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