Supply Chain

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Spending over £1bn a year with our supply chain, supporting and investing in local communities.

We have built long standing relationships with leading UK and International suppliers of materials and services. We only work with organisations which share the same commitments to high quality and sustainability.

As a supplier working with us you'll be part of the team

Working with us

Our supply chain is a fundamental part of the team and we believe that teamwork allows us to deliver a professional and quality service to our customers. We take an open and honest approach to our supply chain, with a willingness to listen to new ideas and ways of working.

Working with us really feels like being part of a team. We will support you with to develop your business and achieve your targets, enabling you to be more efficient. Part of our offering is professionally run sites with excellent facilities for all.

Want to be part of our team! Simply fill in the form at the link below and we’ll get the process started.

As a supplier working with us you'll be part of the team
We deal fairly with our supply chain


Fair dealing and fair payment

We deal fairly with our supply chain members, partners, competitors and customers, the people they employ and the wider community. We seek to ensure prompt and certain payment of our supply chain.

At Wates we:

  • Treat everyone with trust and respect.
  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Develop and maintain strong, long-lasting relationships with our supply chain members.
  • Pay our supply chain promptly and in accordance with agreed contract terms.
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A greener built environment

We collaborate with our supply chain partners to deliver on our sustainability targets, which will bring long-term social, economic and environmental benefits through our procurement activities.

Our target is for 89% of our suppliers to have approved Science Based Targets (SBTi) by 2027. Wates will work closely with our suppliers to support them in achieving this target. We also encourage all our suppliers to partner with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, who are able to facilitate free training and workshops to help improve knowledge and understanding of sustainability topics.


We have a clear and consistent approach to the way we engage with our supply chain, as we understand the importance of developing collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships.

Regular communication, networking events and structured business to business meetings are all part of our supplier relationship management plan.

Developing long-term mutually successful relationships enabling us to deliver great value to our customers.

We run and attend meet the buyer events

Meet the buyer events

We host and attend many meet the buyer events, both independently and as part of our partnership with Constructionline.

These allow us to meet local and national supply chain. They also present excellent networking opportunities where we can discuss our strategic priorities and long term goals. 


View our latest vacancies

Strategic Procurement Manager

Location: Nationwide

Job Type: Procurement

Application Deadline: 07-03-2024

Wates Group are looking for a Strategic Procurement Manager to join our Construction Major Projects Team.The Strategic Procurement Manager is responsible for leading, developing and embedding supply chain and procurement practices across large sector client frameworks within a super region.This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team.ABOUT THE ROLEOur Strategic Procurement Manager will drive to maximise opportunities whilst managing risk and working collaboratively with the customer to deliver excellent Procurement practices. Developing the Supply Chain and Procurement strategy for the business area which supports and complements the Wates Group Procurement strategy. As our Strategic Procurement Manager, you will: Setting, developing, and implementing Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies for the Sector specific frameworks. To cover Subcontractors, material, plant and all other goods and services. Delivery of Procurement solutions that provides best value and SMART solutions that impacts on the wider business and Business Boards Potentially leading a small regional team of Supply Chain and Procurement specialists Develop and lead the Sector specific Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy that feeds into the wider Business Strategy and ultimately supports the Group Strategy. Management and development of key supply chain and client relationships to ensure the specific sector has a Supply Chain that is engaged, validated and capable of delivering ours and our clients targets and deliverables. Capture UK and Global strategic market intelligence to manage risk and identify opportunities for any specific sector of work. Ownership and management of Supply Chain tools for specific sectors including Insolvency plans, sourcing, and demand planning. WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme  Flexible working  Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade)  Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates)  Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.  To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link

Procurement & Supply Apprentice

Location: Leeds

Job Type: Procurement

Application Deadline: 31-03-2024

Main Accountabilities:To support the procurement process for supply of goods and services, and collaboration with the Wates supply chain. The role is important for ensuring positive supply relationships and optimal functioning of the procurement and supply team.Responsibilities include but are not limited to the below: Undertake tasks associated with the request for quotation (RFQ) and invitation to tender (ITT) processes. Assist with collection, storage and management of supplier information. Support with purchase ordering and invoicing. Quality assurance, including checking key performance indicators (KPIs) are met and liaison with relevant stakeholders. Utilisation of supplier data to provide an informed view of the supply market. Ensuring that relevant legislation is met by our supply partners. Generally supporting day-to-day procurement processes. Collating of relevant information to report to the wider procurement team and in preparation for internal/external audits. Ensuring all procurement systems and databases are managed, maintained and information is reliable for accurate reporting. Building excellent working relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including peers, colleagues, customers, suppliers and other external stakeholders.Desired skills & Qualities: Good verbal and written communication skills. IT skills including use of Microsoft applications. Attention to detail. Good analytical skills and ability to spot errors within data. Organisation skills. Driven and eager to learn. Hardworking and motivated. Personable and able to create positive relationships with colleagues and external partners.

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