James Guyan


Bristol-born, James established Guyan & Associates in August 2007. Disillusioned with the ‘bums-on-seats’ national agencies - the bigger they got, the more he rebelled – he was inspired to create a company that practised what it preached: solid principles, a strong brand and great relationships with clients and candidates.

An M&E Contracting Specialist, James has 16 years experience and prefers to work autonomously, with a small amount of niche clients, to ensure maximum focus. He covers the whole of the UK with a network spanning from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

Prior to flying solo, James spent seven years working for the largest national agencies in the Mechanical and Electrical Building Service sector. His success included building the top performing team on a national basis, using the principles he applies to Guyan & Associates. He also once lived in the French Alps for six years, running his a Ski-hire company and cut his teeth in the working world as a stone mason’s trade apprentice for Bristol Marble.

James is happiest in his running shoes. With three marathons under his belt last year, and a 75km ultra marathon in March 2016; a Spartan obstacle race, and the formidable Tough Mudder. Not a fan of crowds, you can often find him trail running around the local hills of La Serrania de Ronda. His wish-list includes one of toughest, and scenic, marathon races in the world: the Inca Trail Marathon at Machu Picchu – which includes a climb of over 10,400 feet and also hope to complete the Great Wall of China marathon 2017.

James’ two girls are the motivation behind his active life - he strives to keep in optimum health, both to set them an example and be around for them for as long as possible. 

Where: James looks after roles in the East Anglia, the south west and south as far as London.


Job Description


About This Role

Our client is recruiting for a Senior M&E Buyer based out of their London & South East offices supporting the Engineering Services business unit.
Responsible for the implementation of the designated procurement plans in accordance with the Procurement and Supply Chain Management
• Substantial experience of complex procurement processes within a construction related environment.
• Experience procuring within the M&E contracting sector 
• A proven track record in managing supplier relationships, negotiation and process compliance. 
• Excellent analytical skills, strong commercial awareness, a measured approach to decision making and the ability to             ensure best value procurement. 
• The ability to adopt a pragmatic, yet disciplined approach to process compliance, is essential
• An understanding of legal frameworks and contract law is desirable 
• Supervisory experience is desirable 
• MCIPS qualification or degree is desirable.
Key Accountabilities include;
• Carry out the procurement process for complex procurement requirements in accordance with procurement & supply chain   management strategy in relation to the following:
• Provide supervision to buyers in relation to for procurement process activities assigned to them (as per stages detailed       above) 
• Liaise with sites to assist with the resolution of supply issues as and when required
• Provide regular reports on procurement and supplier performance
• Monitor vendor database to ensure that it contains up to date details of available suppliers
• Monitor the supply market to identify potential new suppliers and products and meet with suppliers to understand their         products.
• Understand the supplier market, keeping abreast of market developments, demand trends and risks

About This Client


Client: This prestigious M&E Contractor specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical Building Services projects
Turnover: £3bn (group revenue)
Location Coverage: UK-wide
No Staff: 2000 (project personnel)
Typical Roles and disciplines: Mechanical and Electrical Design, Estimating, Project Management, Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Administration
Sectors: Built Environment, Infrastructure & Industrial, Data Centres
M&E Services installed: Fully designed FoH lighting. Intelligent Building Management System (BMS) Data centre specific total M & E, CCTV, data and BMS systems, controls and automation (MEICA)
Years of establishment: 200 years +
Awards won: Carbon Reduction Award, shortlisted for President ICE Award at the British Construction Industry Awards, numerous BREEAM excellent ratings, Green Apple Environment Award, NLA Award, South Wales Construction Excellence project of the year

Alongside a generous basic salary you will be rewarded with the following:

25 days holidays
Car or car allowance
Support for work-life balance
Private Health Care
Bonus scheme
Company Pension
Long-term sickness insurance
Support & funding of career development and further education