Indirect Category Buyer

Job Description

REQ ID: 112361
JOB TITLE: Indirect Category Buyer
SALARY: Competitive
POSTING END DATE: 31/03/2023


Beyond Property, Purchasing, HR and IT, more than being part of our Finance or Marketing teams, beyond even Sales and Service, every role in every business area offers unique opportunities to make an impact on the future of mobility and the automotive industry.




As a Category Buyer, you will take overall responsibility and leadership for all contract management and Supplier Relationship management activities and local and regional sourcing within your sphere of responsibility. This will include leading continuous improvements in purchasing activities by supporting COE initiatives / activities for their respective categories, taking responsibility for internal stakeholder alignment on strategy and sourcing, including key focus on regional inputs and regional deployment for their categories.


You will also be responsible for global category strategy development and deployment to deliver company cost and quality targets through sourcing within the Global markets for their categories, sourcing in line with Strategy Category Plan through the Global Sourcing Process for their categories, Contract and Supplier Relationship Management activities for the contracts created at a global and regional level and contract implementation and take on  supplier relationships through the supplier performance management process for their categories.




As a Category Buyer, you will take need a variety of skills, including Category Strategy, Sourcing, Contract Management and Supplier Relationship Management. This will include a variety of requirements, some of which are listed below; you be responsible for SCP creation and delivery, ensuring completion line with annual SCP targets for their subcategories and responsibility for ensuring the SCP is kept up to date in line with the annual review target for their subcategories. Taking responsibility for delivering sourcing in line with policy and to agreed targets through GSP and deploying Total Cost of Ownership approach. Accountable for leading complex supplier negotiations including legal and financial approval pre-Contract / Purchase Order, engaging specialist teams and Global Purchasing Finance as required for their subcategory. Responsible for Global Strategy Approach Document submission and GSP process adherence for their subcategory.


You will be responsible for working with Stakeholders and Finance to operate the contract management governance based on the agreed cadence and ensure all required inputs are available. Capture and manage actions to resolution. Managing dispute resolution process and the change management of the contracts and Purchase Orders. Conducting the Supplier Relationship Performance Survey (SRPS) and responsible for maintaining the SRPS actions plans and working with suppliers and internal stakeholders to complete the actions. Responsible for ensuring the Supplier Relationship Management and Supplier Performance Management processes are carried out effectively for their category.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment.
  • Commercial Awareness and Negotiation skills
  • Understand category management principles
  • Global business understanding and experience
  • Operational Contract Management experience
  • Relationship management - internal and external
  • Flexibility and agility to be able to adjust to changing business needs



  • Experience of stakeholder operational deployment / requirements of category (eg has worked in the stakeholder area of the specific category)
  • Previous supplier experience within category
  • Relevant professional qualification (CIPS)





Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.


This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. At Jaguar Land Rover, hybrid working is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement providing employees with more choice and flexibility around how, when and where they work, if suitable for their role. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage. 


Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.


Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.