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Salary: £29,777 to £31,364 per year (Grade 7)
Contract: Permanent, full-time, Monday to Friday
Hours: Hybrid working and flexi-time work scheme
Location: YPO Headquarters, 41 Kenmore Road, Wakefield WF2 0XE
Benefits: 27 days’ holiday, plus bank holidays, plus 3 discretionary closedown days and Local Government Pension Scheme

Are you looking for your next challenge? Are you passionate about delivering exceptional procurement, joining a team committed to making a difference for local communities?

As YPO continues to grow, we are looking for 2 passionate individuals to join as Assistant Category Buyer’s within our Corporate and Financial team, within Procurement Services.

“If you're looking for a stimulating, friendly and rewarding working environment, then YPO could be the place for you.”

We are seeking a skilled and motivated Assistant Category Buyer to provide comprehensive administrative support to our Category Buyer and the broader Category team. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in achieving our annual rebate target through a range of key buying-related tasks.

As an ideal candidate, you will possess exceptional communication skills, confidently presenting ideas, guiding discussions, and negotiating with key stakeholders. Your analytical mindset will enable you to solve problems efficiently and present viable solutions, both independently and collaboratively.

Strong organisational skills are essential, as you will need to prioritise your workload effectively in a fast-moving procurement environment. Your attention to detail will ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time, and you will be able to proactively anticipate and respond to the demands of our customers, showcasing your initiative.

Essential skills and qualifications include:

In-depth understanding of Public Sector Procurement
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Proficiency in IT, particularly Microsoft Office
A willingness to pursue or current engagement in CIPS studies

Key Responsibilities:

Manage daily operations, including data input and supplier performance reviews
Support the tender process from research to contract award
Oversee and manage Contractual Frameworks
Assist with the marketing plan and production of materials
Maintain accurate rebate forecasts based on customer pipelines and supplier spend
Ensure accurate record-keeping and verification of commercial terms
Represent the Category at trade fairs, events, and meetings
Manage supplier tasks, including new forms and insurance certificates
Foster relationships with key stakeholders and other PSBOs
Provide prompt and high-quality responses to business queries
Offer tactical buying and administrative support to the Category Buyer
Collaborate with the Contracts Department to monitor supplier performance
Lead and undertake project work as directed
Perform additional duties as required within the post's scope and grade

For more detailed information about this category, as well as the specific responsibilities, skills, and understanding required, please review the Job Description attached here.

For additional information about this category framework, please visit Procurement Frameworks & Services | YPO Frameworks - Corporate and Financial Services

“Our mission is to help the public sector achieve the best possible value when buying products and services across the UK.”

YPO have 50 years' experience in giving back to the public sector. Five decades ago, 13 local authorities came together to combine their buying demands and achieve efficiency, and that's when our organisation as it's known today began.

We supply products and services to a wide range of customers including schools, local authorities, charities, emergency services, the public sector, and other businesses such as nurseries and care homes.

We're 100% publicly owned, by our 13 member authorities, which means the profits we make are returned to our public sector customers, and we are committed and open about safety, as well as investing in our own people.

Benefits of working at YPO:


Local Government Pension (WYPS)
Family friendly policies
Generous holiday allowances
Cycle to work scheme
Employee Assistance Programme
Salary sacrifice car scheme
Access to Occupational Health Service
Discounted sports and leisure memberships
Health care plans
Commitment to staff development and training

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your CV, along with a supporting statement which explains how you feel you meet the criteria of this role, to Melissa Humpleby at [email protected].

To have a confidential and informal discussion about this role or the recruitment process, please call Melissa on 01609 532661.


Key Dates:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 24th July 2024

Interviews are planned to take place in-person at our Wakefield Office week commencing 19th August 2024.

We reserve the right to remove this vacancy before the proposed deadline in the event of the position being filled, a change of requirements or a large number of applications being received. 

YPO is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, or belief.

We will not accept applications from agencies and can only consider applications from individuals with right to work within the UK.


How to apply

To apply for this role, please send an anonymised version of your CV along with a cover letter which brings your CV to life (Excluding Apprentices Positions), highlighting the key elements of the job description!  Alternatively, you can download our application form. Completed applications/CVs should be sent to [email protected]