Assistant Buyer

West Midlands
Hours Per Week:
Vacancy Type:
27 Jun 2021
Salary Details:
What you'll be doing?

The Commercial team deals with everything to do with cost-effective building, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

With a watching brief on choice of material, cost, customer satisfaction and sales, and other critical issues, our Commercial team – which comprises Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers - has one objective: to deliver best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our continued viability as a business and presents a fast-moving challenge that will exercise your creativity and commercial flair to the full.

Reporting to the Buyer/Senior Buyer/Buying Manager, you will assist and support with all buying tasks including assisting with the preparation of all procurement duties and exercises. Able to raise orders as needed, and be able to negotiate to achieve best value for the business. Be aware of new materials to the market which would assist the business.

You will be expected to:

  • Assist with processing orders from site requisitions
  • Fill in and dispatch copy orders to relevant sites
  • Fill in site requisitions after processing
  • Assist with general enquires from Site regarding materials
  • Deal with telephone calls to/from suppliers
  • Issue drawings to various suppliers for quotations
  • Assist with requesting quotations from suppliers for sites in order to obtain best price
  • Fill in general mail in Buying department
  • Assist with invoice and order queries
  • Carry out the occasional site visit
  • Assist with weekly reports, which include plant on hire and replacement orders
  • Assist with compiling monthly reports, which include replacement orders, waste reports, bulk order costs and materials on site
  • Raise office and Sales and Marketing orders
  • Rebate Administrative ticking processes where appropriate
  • Customer Care orders/trackers
What you'll need?

To be successful in the role, we are looking for:

  • Experience of working in an admin role
  • Must carry a valid CSCS card
  • Basic understanding of budgets and ability to prove basic financial control
  • Intermediate to advanced level of proficiency with MS Office and Excel programs
  • A good standard of written English
  • Ability to generate professional correspondence unaided
  • Self–disciplined, with demonstrably good time management skills and the ability to manage a number of priorities
  • Ability to multi-task, and work efficiently and accurately under pressure
  • Team player and supportive of colleagues
  • Professional and pleasant manner in dealing with internal and external customers and excellent telephone skills
Our Company and Benefits

We’ve been nationally recognised as a 5 star housebuilder twelve years in a row for supplying high-quality homes for all generations. That’s more than any other major housebuilder. It’s because we combine the brightest minds, the latest technology, and a genuine commitment to putting customers first. We want the best people in the industry to help us shape the future of building. We have tailored opportunities for apprentices, graduates, experienced professionals and ex-Armed Forces personnel to come and help us stay one step ahead, and build the homes that Britain needs.

 We are building an organisation where anyone with drive and talent can pursue the career they want. We are building a culture where anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, disability, background or any other characteristic, can progress and be proud to work for us.

 As part of working for Barratt Developments PLC and specifically for this role we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • 25 days holiday (increase by 1 day for every 3 years continuous service up to 28 days)
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies
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