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  • Buyer
  • NG8, Nottingham
  • £23,500 per annum, with regular, defined increases
  • Full time, Permanent



  • Product planning and procurement (60%)
  • Facilitate best value stock procurement maintaining lean inventory levels using business systems
  • Manage reactive workflow from both Sales and Contracts team
  • Negotiating favourable terms and agreements with vendors, partners and service providers
  • Processing purchase orders in accordance with company terms and conditions
  • Establishing relationships with a global supply chain ensuring best value and compliance whilst promoting strong ethical and co-operative values

Bid support (20%)

  • Supply market and product knowledge/pricing for new bids
  • Facilitate sustainable, best value costing and innovative supply solutions for Sale
  • Investigating Repair, Warranty, Manufacturer solutions
  • Work with bid team on stock level and location planning in line with budget and Service constraints

Management & Reporting (10%)

  • Provide and report on KPI’s for the department (purchasing effectiveness, reduced stock valuation etc.)
  • Act on Excess and Obsolete (E&O) stock reports to provide strategies for future minimization and suggest tactical solutions for excess clearance back in to supply chain
  • Other business analysis reporting related to procurement and inventory management as required
  • Product management (10%)
  • Work with other functions to manage enterprise product part number database integrity
  • Management of product costing database to improve bid response



  • Procurement experience
  • Strong negotiation and inter-personal skills
  • Good commercial acumen and awareness of financial & budgetary terms
  • Experience using ERP systems, Microsoft Excel and/or web based ordering systems
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • An active team player
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills
  • Evidence of exceeding personal performance targets
  • Customer oriented


Hours of work:

37.5 hours – Monday to Friday 9 am to 5.30 pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break. 


  • Initial salary of 23,500pa rising to £25,000 after year 1 and £27,000 after year 2. The company will pay for CIPS training and a qualification roadmap
  • 25 days holidays plus Bank Holidays
  • Additional ½ day birthday holiday
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Death in service (2 x salary)
  • Employee Cash Plan (including 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme, contribution to everyday healthcare and complementary therapies, 24 x7 access to Virtual GP, stress management, counselling, access to 1000s of retailer discounts)
  • Regular away days and social events
  • Quarterly and annual awards


Purchasing Manager

Our client is seeking to appoint an experienced Purchasing Manager to join their small team! This is fantastic opportunity to join a busy, independent organisation where you will enjoy a varied role and have exceptional communication skills!

Location: Nottingham

Salary: £26,000 - £30,000 per annum

Hours: Full time, Mon - Fri


  • Material Planning
  • Production Planning / Control
  • Inventory Management / Bills of Materials
  • Supplier Scheduling
  • Demand Planning
  • Data Reporting, Interpretation and Trending (Excel)
  • Sending purchase orders to suppliers & following up to update on lead times
  • Updating bespoke front office system for all purchases, including booking in of stock & allocation to customers’ orders
  • Overseeing all paperwork & ensuring procedures are adhered to for all purchases
  • Responsible for reconciling stock & performing stock takes
  • Updating other areas of the business on the purchase status of orders


  • Experience in a similar role is essential
  • Must have a good level of excel skills
  • Good communicator
  • Good knowledge of purchasing/front office integrated IT systems

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