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Job Title: Assistant Buyer

Salary/Rate: £25,000 - £30,000

Location: Coventry

Job Type: Permanent

Industry/Specialist Area: Ground Engineering

Client Description:

Our client is one of the UK’s leading specialist construction and civil engineering contractors, renowned for providing technically advanced and cost-effective design and build solutions. Their reputation is built on engineering excellence and a commitment to continual innovation, backed by a central technical design and engineering resource, they can deliver a full range of techniques. As one of the largest specialist contractors in the industry, they are able to provide clients with a turnkey solution, which is fully supported by their state-of-the-art processes and technologies.


Job Description:

This challenging and exciting opportunity requires an assistant purchasing or buying professional with at least 1-2 years’ experience.

Due to continued growth and the recent award of a number of significant HS2 projects, our client now wished to appoint an Assistant Buyer to join their business in the Midlands head office. You will be supporting the business with regards to all buying and purchasing aspects throughout the UK, from enquiry stage through to on time delivery of materials, plant, resources, labour and equipment to live, multiple sites.

The Role

  • Follow contracts programmes and ensure timely provision of specified equipment and supplies on multiple sites
  • Adapt quickly and efficiently to programme requirements
  • Ensure arrangements are in place to transport plant and site equipment from and to each project
  • Appraise potential suppliers and sub-contractors expedite the QA aspects
  • Negotiate on price ethically and appropriately
  • Raise and manage purchase orders
  • Chase scheduled deliveries by liaising with suppliers
  • Track on-hire reports and collection of off-hired items
  • Monitor supplier performance
  • Update transport ledgers on a weekly basis and assist as appropriate with KPI data
  • Keep hired plant location sheets updated on a weekly basis
  • Ensure certification of hired plant is up to date, appropriately archived and renewed ahead of expiry dates
  • Provide service and support to contracts teams in meeting their needs
  • Provide support to Estimators with acquiring quotes, and offering supplier and material recommendations
  • Maintain a good relationship with the Plant and Accounts departments, and other internal teams
  • Obtain quotes and negotiate prices for goods and services ensuring value for money
  • Ensure delivery of goods and services within budget on each project
  • Check and manage invoices, whilst maintaining and adhering to internal procedures
The Person
  • Good commercial awareness and be organised by nature
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Confident, and have excellent, assured communication skills both verbally and written
  • Adapt and amend work load priorities in a regularly changing environment
  • Excellent IT skills
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a purchasing or buying role
  • A natural team worker with a positive and friendly attitude
  • Well organised and efficient
  • Self-sufficient with minimal supervision required
  • Possess good negotiating skills
  • To have an ability to meet deadlines and work on your own initiative
  • Able to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Flexible in being able to undertake different tasks
  • Value integrity, teamwork, excellence and respect in others


A competitive basic salary and benefits package is on offer for the successful candidate, along with security of work given the company’s commitment to growth and a forward order workload.

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