Junior Buyer

Location Shenfield
Discipline: Buyers & Purchasing
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £27-32k (plus the usual benefits)
Contact name: Johanna Cowan

Contact email: jcowan@select-engineering.net
Contact phone: 01245403560
Job ref: JB-JC
Published: about 1 month ago
Expiry date: 31 Dec 2024 23:59
Startdate: ASAP


  • Reporting to Purchase Lead & SQA

  • Engage with key stakeholders to thoroughly understand requirements for facilities-related procurement. Ensure procurement needs align with company objectives and budget constraints.

  • Conduct comprehensive category reviews to establish the most suitable supply base.

  • Evaluate suppliers based on cost, quality, delivery, and service to determine the best fit.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in various databases, including the Approved Supplier Database and the Procurement Dashboard.

  • Track and manage documents related to chasing and shipping activities.

  • Proactively resolve supplier quality and delivery issues. Collaborate with suppliers to address and rectify problems promptly to minimise impact on operations.

  • Update Procurement Team on department assignment status

  • Collaborate with requestors to develop comprehensive Requests for Quotations (RFQs).

  • Ensure RFQs are clear and detailed, and reflect the needs of the stakeholders.

  • Issue and thoroughly analyse quotations from suppliers.

  • Assess quotations for compliance with requirements, cost-effectiveness, and value-added services.

  • Negotiate value-added services and costs with suppliers.

  • Aim to achieve the best possible terms that align with company goals.

  • Create, review, and amend purchase orders in the ERP system.

  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of purchase orders before forwarding them to vendors.

  • Forward purchase orders to vendors and ensure timely delivery of goods. Keep requestors informed about the status of their orders and any potential delays.

  • Arrange shipments/customs of goods incoming and outgoing goods

  • Provide support to Procurement colleagues during vacation/sickness including Stores and Invoice clearance.

  • Support stores personnel in the picking, packing, and receiving of goods

  • Resolve vendor invoice queries promptly.

  • Ensure discrepancies are addressed and rectified to maintain good supplier relationships.


  • Have some experience of office work.

  • Proficient in the use of all MS office packages.

  • Able to work on your own initiative and as part of the wider team.

  • Working towards CIPS or Business Degree Preferable (not essential)