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Job Title: Assistant Buyer

Salary/Rate: £25,000

Location: Coventry

Job Type: Permanent

Industry/Specialist Area: Ground Engineering

Client Description:

Our client is one of the UK’s largest specialist civil, structural and ground engineering contractors, renowned for providing technically advanced and cost-effective solutions to meet the demands of any project or contract requirement across a wide variety of sectors. Their reputation is built on engineering excellence and a commitment to continual innovation, all backed by a central design, estimating and engineering resource.


Job Description:

Due to continued growth, a significant increase in workload and a number of recent “spotlight” contract awards, including large packages within the HS2 framework programme, our client now wishes to appoint a Purchasing & Logistics Assistant. Reporting to the Procurement Manager, the main purpose of this role will be to operationally assist in the day-to-day operations of the company’s central procurement, buying and logistics department, and support the team in an overall sense of responsibility.


The Role


  • Support the Purchasing & Logistics team in delivering an excellent service
  • To assist and follow various divisional contracts programmes, ensure timely provision of specified equipment and supplies for projects on multiple sites UK wide
  • To be able to adapt quickly and efficiently to programme and project requirements
  • To assist with ensuring arrangements are in place to transport plant, rigs and equipment to sites UK wide
  • To appraise potential suppliers and expedite their QA credentials accordingly
  • To conduct supplier cost comparison exercises, and if applicable, negotiate on price ethically and appropriately
  • To raise and manage procurement and purchase orders
  • To expedite scheduled deliveries by liaising with suppliers in a collaborative and engaging manner
  • To track on-hire reports and collection of off-hired items
  • To monitor and record supplier performance to measure against company required KPI’s
  • To support the Procurement & Logistics function as required in all other aspects on a day to day basis
  • Provide service and support to contracts teams in meeting the needs of their project requirements on sites across the UK
  • Provide support to the estimating team in acquiring quotes, and offering supplier and

material recommendations

  • Actively interact within the team, and with all required stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Maintain a good relationship with the company’s network of UK wide regional offices, divisions, including their respective plant and accounts departments
  • Obtain quotes and negotiate prices for goods and services delivering VFM
  • Support the provision of goods and services within the budget assigned to each project
  • Check and manage invoices, whilst maintaining and adhering to internal procedures


The Person


  • Proven experience within a similar role across any industry or sector, possessing numerical accuracy and good communication skills
  • To have commercial awareness, be highly organised by nature and able to use your own initiative
  • To be confident, and have the ability to adapt and amend workload priorities in a regularly changing environment
  • Excellent IT skills including Outlook, Excel and Word, training will be given on the company’s specialist purchasing software
  • To be a natural team worker, have a positive and friendly attitude, and be self-sufficient with supervision as required
  • To possesses good negotiating skills and the ability to meet challenging deadlines often in high pressure situations
  • Should be robust and resilient, possessing determination and natural enthusiasm
  • Excellent time management skills, being able to effectively prioritise and delegate against deadlines
  • A respectful approach to relationships with colleagues, staff, clients and suppliers alike


This challenging and exciting opportunity requires an individual currently carrying out the above-mentioned responsibilities in a similar role across any sector or industry. An attractive salary and benefits package (permanent) is on offer to the successful candidate, along with longevity of work, given the forward order workload and the company’s continued commitment to growth across the UK.

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