Job Type
Full-Time Regular
United Kingdom

Position Summary

Magellan Aerospace, Llay Wrexham has an exciting opportunity for a Category Buyer

  • Full Time Permanent Contract
  • 39 hours per week.
  • Job location: Llay, Wrexham, LL12 0PB.
  • Unionised site – works in partnership with Unite the Union.

The Category Lead is responsible for achieving the Lowest Total Cost of Acquisition for the allocated category focussing on the key areas of Quality, Cost, Delivery, Innovation and Risk. Working with key internal stakeholders to develop and deploy Category Strategies and leading Supplier Relationship Management. Implementation of Long Term Agreements to leverage group spend and drive contract compliance.

Perks and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Company pension plan
  • On site bonus scheme
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Discounts available with selected mobile companies
  • Discounts available with selected gym membership
  • Employee Advantages Scheme
  • Long Service Awards
  • Occupational Health and ergonomics focussed
  • Extended paid Holiday Entitlement based on length of service
  • Free parking

Essential Responsibilities

  • Category Strategy – development, implementation and refresh
  • Cost Reduction- meeting annual and mid term targets whilst leveraging group spend
  • Long Term Agreements – implementation and adherence
  • Service Level Agreements – implementation and adherence
  • Supplier Relationship Management – structured business reviews KPI driven
  • Stakeholder Engagement – working with key functions to deliver on service
  • KPI reporting – responsible for supplier performance Quality/Cost/Delivery/Innovation/Risk
  • Supplier negotiations – key contact with the supplier base
  • Payment Terms – leading the cash flow improvement process
  • Supplier & Industry benchmarking – implementation of best practice
  • Operational Procurement escalation support linked to poor performance against contractual terms
  • Business Continuity – responsible for mitigating risk
  • Corporate Governance, Systems and Procedure compliance – sourcing within guidelines
  • Continuous Improvement to achieve the Lowest Total Cost of Acquisition and Process
  • NPI & change management – working with Category Lead NPI to ensure allocated Categories meet business targets
  • Commercial Bid for new work – supporting the Commercial Function in the Bid Process
  • Make versus Buy – leading the Category decision working with key functions

Position Requirements


  • Degree


  • 1- 2 years Procurement experience or equivalent in a customer facing role

Professional Accreditations:

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply desired or working towards the qualification

Key Competencies:

  • Functional knowledge of process and product
  • Cost Management
  • Category Management
  • Supplier and Stakeholder Relationship Management
  • Financial and Commercial awareness
  • Contracts including legal awareness
  • Project Management

Other skills/Abilities


  • Negotiation
  • Results orientated - meets deadlines, identifies actions, achieves goals
  • Innovator - thinks creatively, anticipates changes, produces solutions
  • Complier – follows procedures and encourages others to as well


  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Influencing
  • Team player
  • Decision making

Personal Attributes:

  • Positive “can do attitude”
  • Proactivity with a solution orientated approach
  • Resilience to overcome problems
  • Adaptability and flexible to new ideas and ways of working
  • Accountability
  • Influencer – builds relationships and effectively presents arguments
  • Self starter

About us:

Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, defence and space agencies worldwide. The organization officially adopted the name “Magellan Aerospace Corporation” in 1996; deriving it from the intrepid explorer Ferdinand Magellan. His global exploits at the turn of the 15th century established a number of firsts, so the company’s vision has been to carry this same legacy into the future of the aerospace industry.

At Magellan, we have over 80 years of collective knowledge and experience in the aerospace industry, and believe one truth: People create value. Employees are our greatest resource in working towards a successful future, and together we build professional relationships that thrive. We know that personal development is fundamental to the success of every individual, and every individual is fundamental to the success of our business, so we invest in our employees and provide excellent career progression opportunities. When you are part of Magellan, you are part of the team!

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