About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. To further our success, it’s important that the products, materials and services we buy for the business need to represent value for money. As a Senior Buyer, you’ll look at ways of upholding quality, whilst driving down cost. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too. 


By making efficiencies, we’re able to invest more in the business, our people and our future. You’ll take responsibility for a portfolio of products, materials or services overseeing the entire buying lifecycle – from the tender process until the order is placed. Identifying, managing, negotiating with and monitoring suppliers will be a key aspect of your role – so building good relationships will be essential. You’ll then keep track of orders to ensure they’re delivered on time, at cost and to the expected quality, keeping the procurement system up-to-date at every stage. You will also answer any queries and resolve any issues as and when needed. Equally, you’ll take pride in furthering your own development and skills in line with any developments and legislation changes. After all, that’s what will give us our edge.
Areas of Focus

  • To establish and advise on compliant procurement procedures and implement contracts and purchasing arrangements to cover capital equipment, goods and services.

  • Support the Head of Procurement in the implementation of the Procurement Policy and strategic sourcing initiatives for the benefit of NPLs mission.

  • Lead, deliver and effectively manage the procurement agenda for one or more defined services and commodities on behalf of NPL

  • Assist the Head of Procurement in ensuring policies and operational practices provide effective procurement of products and services.

  • Providing a high level of service while maximising value for money and tracking savings.

  • Ensuring compliance NPL policies, EU Public Procurement Legislation and mandatory BEIS and Cabinet Office requirements.

  • Develop an excellent relationship with all stakeholders, including internal customers within NPL, suppliers and distributors.
About You
As a senior buyer, you’ll be CIPS qualified or have the experience to match. A team player, you’re numerate, commercially-astute, organised and a good negotiatorBeyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPLwe learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no needTogether, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.

Skills and experience 

  • MCIPS or equivalent degree qualification

  • Experience with OJEU

  • Proven track record in Public Sector procurement and use of Frameworks

  • Expertise in using Oracle Procurement Systems or similar and E-tendering portals such as Bravo Solutions.

  • Experience in procurement of high value capital items

  • Ability to negotiate at the highest levels with suppliers

  • Able to deliver procurement benefits including financial savings

  • Ability to prioritise own and others workload

  • Ability to live and work with ambiguity and change

  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral

About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.