Buyer / Expeditor/ Procurement Officer

Buyer / Expeditor/ Procurement Officer required immediately for a permanent position in the St Helens, Merseyside area working 37.5 hours per week. Applicants must have recent experience as a Buyer, be organised, have excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and previous experience of expediting for a manufacturing or production company.


  • Salary £25,000 – £30,000 pa (dependent on experience and qualifications).
  • 25-28 days holiday plus bank hols.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Potential bonus earnings, dependent on performance.

Key duties of the successful Buyer include:

  • Issue purchase orders via the internal Purchase/ Production software.
  • Expedite purchase orders for direct and in-direct suppliers in a timely manner when required and where necessary inform the relevant departments regarding any delays / problems to ensure agreed delivery dates are met.
  • Stock valuation/ management and control of inventory.
  • Purchase invoice reconciliation and target reduction of cost base.
  • Creation of stock codes and undertake regular general maintenance to ensure all data is correct.
  • Sourcing and re-sourcing suppliers in line with the needs of the business.
  • Negotiate, renegotiate and create SLA’s and Stock Agreements with key suppliers, whilst ensuring the company’s business needs are met.
  • Continually reviewing supplier costs to determine best market prices are achieved.
  • Support the supplier selection strategy and development of existing suppliers via an audit process and supplier relationship management with the use of KPI’s.
  • Inform relevant departments of any price discrepancies.
  • Ensure that all order acknowledgements are received within required timeframes in receipt of PO and update the system with the confirmed delivery date.
  • Review and subsequent resolution of all invoice queries.
  • Deal professionally, competently and courteously with customers, suppliers and colleagues in verbal and written communications.
  • Carry out administrative duties as and when required.

The ideal Buyer will have the following experience / characteristics:

  • CIPS trained ( ideally to Level 3 minimum).
  • A proven track record in a purchasing / procurement position.
  • A proven track record of expediting/ tracking shipping orders.
  • The ability to work autonomously and to implement and develop their own purchasing strategies.
  • Relevant BTEC / NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Purchasing, Business Admin etc.
  • Have a proven track record in a purchasing / procurement position.
  • Excellent telephone manner and communication skills internally and externally ( essential)
  • To be fully competent with MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook.
  • Attention to detail and accurate production of documentation at all times.
  • Ability to follow work procedures and instructions within a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to use own initiative to problem solve and be innovative to see opportunities to improve systems and procedures for time saving and cost saving.
  • Recently worked for a manufacturing, production or engineering company.

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The successful Buyer will need to be organised, self-motivated, able to work under pressure and to deadlines, assertive, possess a strong work ethic and able to work as part of a team. The successful applicant will need to have a practical approach to work along with the relevant qualifications / experience. If you are interested in Buyer role and have the required experience please click on the ‘apply now’ button.