Procurement is a vital business function encompassing a range of activities focused on delivering added value to the orgainsation, whilst managing commercial risk in a variety of ways.
The purpose of procurement is to develop and implement strategies that meet the needs of the business for today and the future. The team ensures that the sourcing strategies we use not only deliver cost effective agreements, but also that the business trades with safe and competent suppliers, that surety of supply is maintained, and that sustainability and innovation are key elements of the decision-making process.
At each stage of the process, business engagement is key to success so whilst the team is a central function, its members are heavily embedded in both our operational and other functions teams. It’s a brilliant team to join to gain an overview of how the rest of our business works and their impact for Tarmac.
The team has completed its second Supplier Sustainability week aimed at driving sustainability initiatives with and in our supply chain, sharing best practice and becoming the customer of choice for our suppliers.
Why join us?
You’ll be given excellent opportunities and experiences to learn and develop from. This team benefits from being a group of individuals with experience in a variety of industries and sectors so we offer a breadth of experience to help you learn and progress in your role. Some of the qualifications and areas of expertise we’ll support you to achieve as you learn and develop with us include:
- CIPS – Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
- Negotiation skills
- Category strategy development
- Legal contract formation
- Supplier and contract management
- Adoption of e-sourcing tools
Category Management – The main focus of the procurement team is aimed at category management. As a category manager you are responsible for developing and implementing strategies meet the needs of the business whilst adding value and protecting the orgainsation from risk. Strategies can be short-term and tactical in nature through to long-term programmes that deliver significant change. In collaboration with CRH and where appropriate the European and Global category teams will work together on common strategies that deliver greater value to the wider group. As such, the roles require regular engagement with the CRH Category Teams.
Buying Desk – The buying desk team provide valuable support to the business, assisting them to find the correct supplier at a fair market price. We also ensure that the business buying policy is understood and adhered to by robust management of the buying channels, acting as approvers and creating reports to aid in continuous improvements. As safety and health is the number one priority of our business, we manage the accreditation list of approved suppliers to ensure our business can only transact with safe and accredited suppliers.
Procurement Excellence – Driving excellence through robust policies, procedures, systems and personal development programs. As an example we utilise a common e-sourcing platform across CRH which is also used as a contract repository and a savings reporting tool. The Procurement Excellence team manages the data and reporting widely used across the function which is critical to decision making and performance management.
You’ll need to have an eye for detail mixed with creative thinking, in a team where new challenges emerge every day. From working on multi-million pound international deals, to day to day contract negotiation and advance analytics and risk management, a diverse skill set will help you build best practice across the business. The opportunity for development is huge in a team which works nationally.
Training & Support
We want to attract, develop and retain the best talent possible to take our business and industry forward. To become the best at what you do working in Procurement, you’ll receive training, coaching and mentoring to give you the best skills and attributes for the role. Whether through the graduate and apprenticeship route, or joining our team with good experience, you’ll be supported in the best way to develop for you.
New to construction?
No problem! We can help you make a career transition seamless – if you want to join us and the construction industry from a completely unrelated career, then we’ve got schemes for you. We provide a wide range of learning and development programmes across the whole of our business which help you catch up and develop your transferrable skills.
What to expect when you're joining our Procurement Team
Training & Development Programmes
Enhanced Annual Leave Scheme
Tarmac Reward Scheme
Tarmac Reward is the place where all Tarmac employees can access a wide range of voluntary benefits and exclusive discounts.