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Beacon grows its team of buyers!

Five minutes on the clock with Beacon's newest team member, Teri Humphries, Category Manager for Utilities and Services, within our purchasing team.

What does your role involve?

In a nutshell, my role involves managing any service that customers would have a long term contract for – so anything that runs for a minimum of 12 months. I’ve workwith customers on everything from WiFi to waste management and everything in between. 

What other (industry) experience do you have and is there any specific expertise you can bring to the role?

My experience lies mainly in the contract management side of the job. I’ve spent most of my career in contract management roles where I’ve managed strategic partnerships and suppliers. The utilities and services category is a unique one at Beacon and a big part of it is managing relationships and tendering contracts, so the experience I have with this will definitely be beneficial.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I’m a people person, so my favourite part of the role is developing and building supplier relationships. I genuinely enjoy getting to know suppliers and seeking out opportunities on a daily basis. 

So what does that involve?

Keeping in touch with our suppliers regularly and letting them know that we are here if they want to chat, specifically about matters that will ensure we supply our customers with a positive, experience with Beacon and our suppliers.

Tell us more about yourself – what brought you to Yorkshire?

Well I’m originally from Chicago, but I’ve been in York for around 14 years now – my husband is a Yorkshire man so I moved over when we got married. 

What is your favourite thing about Yorkshire?

I love Yorkshire! Surprisingly, my favourite thing is the weather! In Chicago it’s either incredibly snowy and cold or boiling hot. In Yorkshire it’s fairly average so it’s much easier to decide what to wear on a morning. I also love the accent – I’ve picked up words like “pub” and “up” in a broad Yorkshire accent now, which always goes down well when I go back to Chicago to visit.

Finally, what are you most looking forward to getting stuck into at Beacon?

I’m genuinely looking forward to making contact with all my suppliers within my category over the next few months. It’s a really exciting time at Beacon at the moment, so I’m really happy to be a part of that and hopefully my expertise will come in useful! 

To discuss your contracted services with Beacon, to see how our expert portfolio of suppliers could help your business contact us today.