Buyer (Sevenoaks location)

South Coast and Kent
Hours Per Week:
Vacancy Type:
14 Aug 2022
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 Senior Buyer, you will manage an efficient materials purchasing process on up to two sites.

You will be expected to:

  • Prepare all procurement duties and exercises
  • Be aware of new materials to the market which would assist the business
  • Schedule and place material and plant orders with Group National Suppliers where appropriate or general suppliers, optimising cost and quality.
  • Attend internal pre-start meetings and Team Meetings as required
  • Check Architects/Engineers drawings for discrepancies and compliance with the required material specification. Thereafter resolving any queries with the relevant consultants/Technical department.
  • Ensure correct specifications are being used
  • Produce material cost schedules and budgets with cost codes for new sites and as required, and to review material cost codes to ensure budgets are not exceeded
  • Produce schedules for material enquiries, sending to suppliers for costing and assessing quotations and supplier’s schedules to ensure they are correct, prior to placing the respective orders
  • Project and report material cost increases as they arise
  • Provide site material accruals on a monthly basis
  • Compile quarterly material valuations for presentation to the Surveyor to be incorporated in the respective valuation meetings
  • Resolve invoice queries with the Accounts department
  • Carry out material on site checks and produce reports as required
  • Attend site weekly to ensure there are no problems with supplies/materials
  • Raise office and Sales and Marketing orders
What you'll need?

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

  • Qualified to NVQ Level 4 or higher
  • Must carry a valid CSCS card
  • Numerate with attention to detail, able to gather, interpret and present data to facilitate preparation of budgets
  • Methodical, conscientious and organised
  • Works to deliver high standards
  • Strong IT skills, including working knowledge of computer systems within the commercial environment
  • The ability to work on own initiative
  • Good communication skills, and the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Professional and pleasant manner in dealing with internal and external customers
  • 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 Barratt.

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

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive Bonus Scheme
  • Company Car or Cash Allowance
  • Annual Health Assessment
  • Private Medical Insurance – Single Cover
  • 26 days holiday (increase by 1 day for every 3 years continuous service up to 29 days)
  • Choice of Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies
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