Posted 26 May 2023
Salary £35k - 45k per year
Job type Permanent - Full Time
DisciplineWater & Environmental
Contact NameChas Earl

Job description

Role: Buyer
Location: Preston (hybrid working)  
Salary: up to £35,000 - £45,000 p/a plus package
My client, who are a tier one contractor on United Utilities water framework are looking to strengthen their Procurement team with appointing a Buyer based in Preston but offers hybrid working.
My client are looking for a procurement specialist who is keen to work within a central procurement team within a matrix organisation, specifically in the utilities contracting sector.  This is an interesting role with a wide range of spend categories and procurement activities. 

The role offers lots of opportunity to learn, develop and progress.
You will be looking after the negotiation and placing of material/sub-contract orders against operational requisitions including the collation of all contractual documentation, logging and maintenance of orders. 
Responsibilities will be:
·To minimise the cost of materials and plant supplied.
·To improve service level agreements with suppliers and internal departments.
·To participate in the implementation of strategic procedural and practical changes to increase productivity and performance.
·To comply with procedures and policy on procurement including participation in Audits (Internal/External).
·Tenders - Assist Procurement Manager in preparation of enquiry documents and tender review sheets.
·Prepare and issue Requests for Quotations
·Assist with the development and implementation of standard subcontract documentation, including tender and/or contract enquiry letters, scope, subcontract templates, pre-award meeting agendas etc.
·Implementation of procedures and supply agreements.
·Negotiation with suppliers.
·Progressing the provision of materials and services to meet contract programmes and deadlines.
·Obtaining quotations for materials and plant to tight deadlines to meet tender return dates.
·Prepare and issue purchase orders with correct terms and conditions and optimum commercial terms.
·Participation in Category Agreement Teams.
·Collation of data to regularly report on individual and department KPIs.
·Assist to resolve any queries raised by the Supply Chain, including invoice queries
·Harnessing innovative solutions from existing and future supply chain partners.
·Undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required, and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this role.

·Commercially astute
·You must be resilient, determined, and able to see tasks through to completion.
·To always carry out your Purchasing duties in-line with the CIPS Code of Conduct
·Microsoft suite of products proven track record
·Develop and maintain close working relationship with all key stakeholders
·That you demonstrate and champion the core values and behaviours of the company.

·Experience in procuring and managing PPE and Plant Hire categories.
·Construction/Utilities Technical Qualification
·Experience in a Procurement role within the Construction/Utilities Experience.
·MCIPS or willing to work towards
·Previous experience of IFS
What they offer:

Packages include -
·A competitive salary
·25 days holiday + Bank Holidays (with an additional 5 days available to buy)
·Contribution Pension scheme
·Life Assurance
·Health Insurance
·Private medical Insurance
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
We are looking to move quick sourcing for this position. Apply Today and We will be in touch to progress your application. You can contact me at or reach me on 02393 876 074.
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