Buyer - Retail

Posted 6 days ago by Durantie Recruitment

Assistant Buyer
Basildon, Essex
£45,000 + Progression + Excellent Benefits

25 days holiday (not including Bank Holiday)
Paid Sick
Pension Scheme
On Site Parking
Office based preferred with flexibility
Normal Working Hours - Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00

Our client, an international based manufacturing and distribution organisation based in Basildon are currently recruiting for enthusiastic, driven and hardworking individual to join a growing Purchasing Department.

The Role:

The primary role of this position is to support the Buyer & Executive Director on all work related to the buying and selling of toys and gift / souvenir products. It will involve travel, product development and communication with suppliers, customers and in-house sales & design teams.

  • Day to day communication with suppliers
  • Negotiating costs, setting pricing to meet margin requirements
  • Working within budget
  • Raising purchase orders
  • Arranging and approving samples
  • Managing production and delivery schedules.
  • Sourcing new items in multiple categories to offer our existing customer base
  • Working directly with sales team on key accounts to increase existing business by providing new product offers and solutions.
  • Attending customer meetings to better understand customer requirements and help procure new business.
  • Working with in-house design team to develop new offers and presentations.
  • Overseas travel to visit suppliers and trade shows
  • UK travel to attend trade shows and meet customers

The Candidate:

  • Some previous purchasing / buying experience preferred
  • Candidates from a manufacturing / distribution background will be considered automatically
  • Experienced in Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Enthusiasm for the product
  • Keen eye for design and current trends
  • A high level of numeracy and attention to detail with strong analytical skills
  • High attention to detail & concentration levels
  • Well organised and thorough with good time management
  • A conscientious and reliable individual with a high energy level
  • The ability to use initiative and act without guidance
  • A competitive nature and hunger to succeed


The role is wide and varied and requires a dedicated and ambitious individual who is a quick learner with excellent all-round skills and a robust, determined personality. It’s a challenging role which represents an excellent opportunity for someone looking to pursue a career in purchasing.

Buyer, Purchasing, Procurement

Required skills

  • Buying
  • Manufacturing
  • Procurement
  • Purchasing
  • Toys

Application question

Do you have previous buying experience?

Reference: 51557195

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