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Category Buyer

Date: 21-Jul-2021

Location: SLOUGH, GB

Company: Telefonica S.A.

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Come join us.


12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Location: Flexible on location (home-based until we return to the office)


About the role:


The primary purpose of this role is to process low value purchases through O2’s Ariba Spend management tool within strict timescales ensuring compliance with the Telefonica’s procurement process to drive best commercial value, mitigate business risk, improve sustainability impacts and meet customer expectations. 


Some of the more specific Responsibilities:


  • Sourcing & Purchase Management
  • Leading competitive sourcing and purchasing negotiations for processes (<£1M) using the Telefonica purchase process and Ariba system.
  • Managing large volumes of processes whilst working towards SLA targets.
  • Finalising any contract requirements in relation to low value processes (exception basis only).
  • Completing non-competitive purchases for low value processes using Telefonica’s purchase process and Ariba system.
  • Engage and communicate effectively with Telefonica Global Services (“TGS”) ensuring acceptance of TGS agreements and adoption of TUK standard payment terms.
  • Engage and communicate effectively with procurement and customers throughout the procurement journey managing expectations and ensuring a positive customer experience.
  • Full utilisation of Ariba and Telefonica process (incl. RFPs, Auctions etc).
  • Category Manager Engagement
  • Work closely with Category Managers to identify / manage supplier spend/opportunities.  
  • General
  • Leading & participating in negotiations and the implementation of subsequent contracts.
  • Working within a framework of targets including savings, effectiveness and efficiency in delivery.
  • Working with O2 UK and Telefonica Group stakeholders (including TGS) at all levels to ensure full alignment with O2 UK and Telefonica Group strategy and objectives.     
  • Working with O2 UK Finance and Legal to ensure appropriate and effective contracts.
  • Ensuring compliance with O2 UK’s Procurement Procedure and Procurement Policy.
  • Ensuring compliance with O2 UK’s corporate product, quality, environmental and corporate social responsibility requirements.


What we need from you:


  • Experience of using management information from ERP and Purchasing systems
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with and influence suppliers and internal stakeholders at the highest level
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/processes at any one time
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Basic contract knowledge
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • The ability to lead and or work within cross-functional and/or virtual teams
  • Strong analytical and desktop skills
  • A willingness and ability to work with the minimum of supervision
  • Interest in procurement


Grade: MPG2

Location: Slough or Leeds 




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We’re looking to pay a great compensation package (depending on experience) for this position. We also offer plenty of extras to sweeten the deal, which could include things like bonuses, life assurance cover, health care and lots of flexible benefits.  


Also, every employee has their personal development supported with a LinkedIn learning account; plus other role specific learning available through our award-winning digital learning platform - O2 Campus. 


We also believe a great work-life balance is important, so we’re open to considering flexible working arrangements. Like to know more, feel free to raise it.  


Join us and we’ll encourage you to be bold every day. So take a deep breath, your career is about to go to exciting new places. 


If you have any questions around the role then please email who will be happy to help.