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Category Buyer (Microsoft)


Location: Greater Manchester

Job Type: Full time


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Would you like to kick start your career in a supportive, collaborative and innovative company?

Do you enjoy working as part of an enthusiastic, passionate, and collaborative team?

Join our Procurement Team

The Procurement department (otherwise known as Purchasing/Supply Chain) are responsible for processing all customer orders whilst achieving high standards of order accuracy. We are a highly motivated group of individuals who collectively work together to ensure that our reputation as a first-class Procurement team is upheld.

Success. The Softcat Way.

There's a uniqueness to Softcat – what we do, how we do it and why we do it. That's because we help customers to use technology to succeed, by putting our employees first. We give everyone the chance to step up and show how much they can achieve. We succeed when all our people succeed.

Be part of a team that enables business growth

You will be a category buyer within the procurement team. You will have specific responsibility for the processing of Microsoft orders and understanding of all aspects of their licensing programmes.

As Microsoft Category Buyer, you'll be responsible for:

  • Processing high value, high impact orders using comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft procurement programmes
  • Using comprehensive knowledge of agreements and products to provide expert guidance to Softcat Account Managers and customers on programmes and processes
  • Working directly with Microsoft and fostering collaborative relationships to ensure on time targets are met and fees are paid
  • Supporting and understanding programme/product/price changes
  • Instructing internal Microsoft specialists on operational processes at a high level to expedite urgent orders

What we need from you

  • Self-management of workload and time scales is imperative to ensure vendor targets are met by prioritising and placing orders on time
  • An in-depth knowledge of all Microsoft programmes and operational processes
  • Demonstrable experience working with software & cloud vendors
  • Experience within a procurement department is advantageous but not as necessary as programmatic knowledge
  • Excellent Excel skills to support with cloud billing and reporting
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to develop and maintain relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority

Work in a way that works for you

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone too. In this role, we can offer the following flexible working patterns:

  • Hybrid working – 3 days in the office and 2days working from home
  • Working flexible hours - flexing the times you start and finish during the day
  • Flexibility around school pick up and drop offs

Working with us

Wherever you work, we want you to experience the freedom and autonomy to realise your potential. You will feel supported by a team that celebrates individuality, encourages different perspectives, and embraces every background.

Join us

To become part of the success story, please apply now

Softcat is an inclusive company where you can enjoy the career you want, without changing the person you are. We're welcoming to all and passionate about promoting greater diversity in the tech sector.