Purchasing Assistant / Assistant Buyer

Purchasing Assistant / Assistant Buyer
Monday - Friday - (08:30am - 5:00pm)
Salary: £25K - £30K
East London

(Demonstrable experience within Buying or Procurement is required)

We are proud to represent our client who is one of the UK's leading construction supplies companies. They are currently looking for a Purchasing Assistant/ Assistant Buyer who is looking for a long term career with excellent opportunity for career development.

Working alongside the Procurement Manager to support across multiple areas of the business ensuring they provide effective and efficient procurement that delivers best value for money.

Benefits:
� Bonus scheme (paid twice yearly based on company performance)
� 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays rising to 28 days based on length of service
� Private Healthcare, including partner/ dependents
� Life insurance & critical illness cover x2 of Salary
� Pension
� Further career and training opportunities

Duties
� Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships
� Supplier negotiations
� Placing purchase orders with suppliers and managing them to ensure goods/services are delivered to support our depot needs
� Communicating any supply problems that may be a risk or impact business operations
� 'Day to day' management of the various procurement databases (supplier files, delivery notes, price lists and product testing schedule)
� Participating in supplier selection and assessment process
� Planning/preparing forward import orders based on forecasted depot requirements, benchmarked against historical period sales figures
� Preparing cost analysis reports on procurement process activities allowing the Procurement Manager to make informed decisions
� Posting of invoices and taking a leading role in the resolving of invoice/account queries
� Review/Research opportunities in the marketplace to increase sales margins and turnover
� Occasional travel to sites and/or supplier visits within the UK as required.

Skills Required:
� Solid experience of working within a procurement/ purchasing team
� Excellent communication skills with the ability to negotiate and challenge
� Good analytical skills with planning/prioritising skills and a strong focus on attention to detail
� Strong IT skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
� Commercially/Financially aware
Valid full UK Driving Licence is preferred but not essential in order to visit other site and sometimes suppliers



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