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Posted 2 March by Pearson Whiffin Recruitment Ltd Easy Apply Ended

Buyer, Dartford, £30,000 - £35,000

Direct Reports: Procurement Stock Planner (Shared)

Purpose of role:

The primary purpose of the role is to manage the Procurement of Bought-In Goods for stock in line with business requirements, forecasts, customer demand and optimum stock holding. The role also entails the procurement of facilities requirements, energy and worldwide freight.

Key duties:

  • Responsibility for the sourcing of bought-in products as specified
  • Responsible for sourcing of new or alternative products which maybe new to market or provide a competitive advantage. This will be achieved by having good market intelligence, knowledge of trends, and very close supplier relationships and sourcing / development of new suppliers
  • Responsible for the purchase of worldwide transport, facilities, items not for resale and regulatory requirements
  • Negotiating all aspects of the procurement process including price, quantity, delivery and quality
  • Maintaining accurate specifications of current products and ensuring that any new product lines are ready for issue prior to launch
  • Creating and maintaining supplier files, price lists and recording and analysing of delivery records and supplier performance including reviewing KPI's. Regular and routine report production/issuing as required
  • Ensuring all existing and new suppliers are compliant with all relevant auditable requirements
  • Responsibility for managing successful resolution of quality, service and pricing queries
  • Maintaining stakeholder relationships including suppliers, manufacturing, warehousing, finance, costing departments and sales
  • Responsibility for stock control of both finished goods & BOM components, across multiple companies within the Group
  • Daily monitoring of stock and sales reports to determine any necessary actions
  • Responsibility for ensuring effective planning and forecasting of deliveries in liaison with other internal departments within the company (which will assist in the forecasting of requirements) such as sales and with the Warehouse for deliveries
  • Ensuring that all orders are input by the department, taking a hands-on role in this area and expediting of orders where necessary whilst keeping all relevant customers internal and external updated regularly
  • Occasional travel UK & overseas to meet suppliers or attend trade fairs
  • All other reasonable tasks as requested by management

Person Specification

Skills & Knowledge


  • Good oral and written communication and analytical skills
  • Confident and assertive communication style
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of market trends
  • Ability to meet demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Excellent business, planning and organisational skills


  • Ability to make important decisions
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Ability to absorb and assess information quickly
  • Good creative ability and an eye for detail



  • Experience in dealing with overseas suppliers
  • Proven track record in procurement of goods as opposed to procurement services


  • Experience in negotiation and networking
  • 3 years experience in similar roles

Education & Qualifications


  • A' Level or equivalent English, Maths/Arithmetic
  • Full driving licence


  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
  • Higher National Certificate/Diploma

Values & Attitudes

  • Confident approach
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Integrity
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Attention to detail

If you're interested in this role and have the right level of experience, please click apply attaching your most up to date CV.

Required skills

  • buyer
  • purchasing
  • buying
  • procurement
  • negotiation

Reference: 34597460

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