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Category Buyer

Organisational Context and Scope of Role:

Directly reporting to the Procurement Director, with a functional reporting line into the Category Specialist, the Category Buyer will be responsible for:

Managing the order process for all IT items for operational, new build, dry dock, office requirements.

Supporting the implementation of the Procurement E-Platform for IT and Show & Multi Media bidding activity.

Managing and reporting of procurement project activity, ensuring clear visibility of status and milestones.

Analysis of spend data through dashboard reporting.

Supplier and supply chain development ensuring best practice solutions on an ongoing basis

Negotiating with external providers in order to obtain the most cost effective agreement for products and services on time and to the agreed specification.

Job Desription:

Inputting, managing and tracking purchase orders.

Supporting purchasing/planning/supply/logistics procedures while respecting local laws.

Carry out purchasing bids, including supporting sourcing strategies ensuring optimal terms.

Day to Day management of orders through liaising with the IT department, obtaining quotations, raising orders in line with requisitions and expediting.

Liaises with departments to carry out common actions and achieve common goals, in order to provide an excellence of service, while achieving procurement targets.

Understanding the specific requests needed for each department

Researching suppliers that can deliver the right product on time and within budget

Support the department with knowledge and knowhow on procurement best practice relating to the cruise industry, similar markets and further afield.

Support the ongoing development of a budget tracking system which captures all spend analysis and monitors on-time performance of all tasks to ensure timely delivery of products and services.

Job Qualifications & Requirements:

Minimum 2 years experience within a similar role is a must

Ordering using Procurement systems

Procurement analysis


Diploma in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business Administration or IT.

Certification from (or working towards) Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) (preferred but not essential)

Skills and Competencies:

Strong communication and negotiation skills

Experienced user of IT Systems (MMS / Navision experience is preferred)

Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management

International trading awareness and management, such as import / export management, INCO terms etc

Knowledge of IT and technology categories

PC literacy with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, such as vlookup, pivot tables etc (Essential)

Ability to support change management


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