Assistant Buyer

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    Exeter, Devon

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    Sarah Lane

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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The Company:

Our Client has an excellent opportunity if you have some purchasing experience and a desire to build a career in this environment. This position is within a creative, home interiors production company and if you have a particular interest in this field, that would also be a great advantage. You will be responsible for the sourcing and supply of specific products within the Purchasing Team, ensuring that stock is readily available to meet a varying sales demand without the need to carry excess stock.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Assistant Buyer will be responsible for sourcing and monitoring particular raw materials to maintain production flow.
  • The Assistant Buyer will contribute to the Purchasing Strategy and plan in line with the organisational objectives. Whilst this is predominantly an office based role there will be a need to travel to visit exhibitions and suppliers in the UK. (It is essential that you are a car driver)
  • Meeting suppliers and negotiating price and terms of contract in line with company policy with Senior Buyer.
  • Setting quality parameters and ensuring products fall within acceptable guidelines.
  • Resolving product and supplier issues.
  • Maintaining relationships with existing suppliers and sourcing new suppliers for future products.
  • Undertaking purchase order placement, material expediting in line with projected sales.
  • Expediting orders on behalf of other members of the team, from both UK and abroad.

Preferred Skills

  • Have proven commercial acumen in product sourcing with strong and tough negotiation skills.
  • Have a business-like approach with the ability to use tact and diplomacy when negotiating.
  • Have an eye for details; a high level of accuracy.
  • Hold good educational qualifications, ideally to degree level.
  • Be able to make decisions, meet targets and work to tight deadlines.
  • Enjoy and be willing to travel with limited notice if the business needs require it.
  • Be IT literate, with good MS Office skills, particularly MS Excel.
  • Possess an interest in interior design and colours to enable the right sourcing decisions to be made.
  • Have a willingness to consider foreign travel in the future should there be progression within the role.

In addition:

  • Previous experience within purchasing would be beneficial.
  • Possession of a valid driving licence required.

Associated Benefits:

  • Contributory pension scheme,
  • Staff discounts,
  • Childcare vouchers,
  • In addition there is structured training and the potential for career progression within this rapidly growing dynamic company.

Working Hours: 9.00 - 5.30 Mon - Fri

To apply, or to find out more information, please click on one of the "apply" buttons

Please note that due to a high level of applications, we can only respond immediately to applicants whose skills & qualifications are suitable for this position.

Meridian Business Support is acting on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency.