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Senior Buyer


Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Job Function:  Finance
Job ID:  65016

Senior Buyer

UCB – Inspired by patients. Driven by science.

Help us transform patients’ lives.

About UCB


At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe diseases. We look to transform patients’ lives by pushing the boundaries of what is possible. With us, our talent makes the most of who they are, unlocking innovation and setting new standards for patients.


Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” And to find the answers, we connect globally with patients and their families living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease. These connections give us new perspectives, drive our innovation, and offer a hope for a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.


To strengthen our Global Purchasing Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Senior Buyer.  


What We Offer

  • Alongside a solid backbone of traditional purchasing process, tools and methodologies, we have already implemented innovative solutions and we are constantly looking at opportunities to automate, outsource or simplify tasks and routine to let you dedicate and focus on creating new results and impacts for UCB.
  • You will benefit from joining a high impact and high-performance team: we have systematically delivered saving over 5% of our addressable spend: Cost and cash optimization is and will remain one of our key priority and a key expected result.
  • We genuinely believe in the personal development and invest considerable resources to provide on-going training that builds and extends professional, technical and management skills in all areas.

About the Role

You will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Purchasing Non-Commercial Indirect Team as a strategic Sourcing Manager and managing sourcing projects between in the “indirect” area (Professional Services, Consultancy, IT, Lab Supply and Equipment, Facility Management, Distribution and Logistics).
  • Executing sourcing initiatives and ensure their successful deployment across the organization.

Building solid relationships and trust with your colleagues, your business stakeholders and the suppliers in your portfolio.

  • Fully adopting and embracing UCB purchasing tools and process, diligently approving transactions, report your progresses and planned activities in the system and use the provided tools.
  • Managing sourcing projects and initiative, connect with your business stakeholders, conduct negotiation with suppliers and coordinate contract finalization.
  • Proactively identifying sourcing opportunities and or propose improvement solutions.
  • Analysing demand, analysing market trends and opportunities.
  • Contributing or becoming accountable for the design, update and execution of specific category strategies.


About You

You should have/be:

  • Previous experience in procurement environment(s) in a buyer or category management role.
  • Enthusiastic in sharing expertise and experience with other within your own discipline.
  • Flexibility in operating within establish procedures and practices.
  • The ability to combine data visualization with narrative techniques to deliver insights in a way that engages decision makers in a compelling and easily embraced form.
  • Presents and discuss results and projects in your area of responsibility.
  • Project management and coordination skills is often required due to the complex nature and scope of many of our projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to think creatively and translate ideas into concrete projects and bring them to execution.


About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium ( is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.6 billion in 2018. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

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