Laura Megson joined the YPO team 3 years ago and is now the Assistant Category Buyer for Emergency Services and Blue Light in the procurement services team.
How long have you been working at YPO?
What do you like most about working at YPO?
That you feel valued and there is always career progression. It’s a great place to work, with great people. The business has its values set and I am pleased to say that these are truly at the heart of everything YPO does. The management team make business decisions to drive the business forward, but you never feel forgotten about. It sounds like a cliché but you’re not just a number, you’re part of the YPO team.
What are your main responsibilities?
My main responsibilities are to assist the category buyer with full administrative and technical support to drive the category and ultimately provide assistance and support to our customers. This includes the management of the day-to-day operations, from liaising with suppliers and customers in regard to live tenders and awarded frameworks, to new opportunities in the making.
I assist the category buyer in carrying out procurement tenders and evaluations and in preparing documentation for contractual frameworks. I manage the clarifications for our tenders and run further competitions for our customers. I complete data inputs, prepare for timely reviews to measure supplier performance against contractual standards and performance expectations. I assist the contracts team and category buyer to ensure that effective systems are in place to manage, monitor, evaluate and review our frameworks and our suppliers that have been awarded on to them. I also assist in the production of marketing material and manage the content of our Emergency Services Newsletter which is sent out to our customers on a monthly basis.
Overall, I assist in all tactical aspects and operational tasks to enable the category buyer to focus on the strategic challenges.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Learning the industry and keeping up with innovation to ensure I can provide the best support to the category buyer and our customers. Although its hard work at times, the emergency services category is so diverse it never makes a job boring. Our frameworks offer a compliant root to market for the purchase of products such as police and fire PPE kit, body armour and uniforms, to handcuffs and batons, firefighters’ hoses, thermal imaging cameras, industrial and medical gases, drones (UAVs), to services such as training and driving licence verification. Understanding our customers’ needs and ensuring our frameworks have the right level of offering that meets their needs certainly keeps you on your toes.
Describe your role in 3 words - Exciting, diverse, gratifying
How did you get involved in procurement?
Over the last 18 years I have had various job roles across a wide range of business areas. 15 years of that was within private retail sector and the financial services industry. After joining YPO in June 2017 as the Risk and Insurance Officer it gave me great insight and an excellent understanding of the business, its values and how it works within the public sector.
After seeing the procurement services job opportunity advertised, I knew my previous experience in customer service, stock distribution alongside my compliance and risk management background would make me the perfect candidate to assistant the category buyer within the emergency services and blue light team. I am delighted to say it was a great move to make and I can see my career continuing with procurement services.
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