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Purchasing Assistant

  • Reference IP28018-DT
  • Salary £19,000 - £20,000
  • Job type Permanent

Purchasing Assistant - 12 month fixed term contract

My client is ethical, innovative and hugely popular with their products enjoyed world wide. Due to their continuous growth they are looking for an experienced Purchasing Assistant to join their team on a 12 month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension or a permanent position being offered in the future.

As a Purchasing Assistant you will support the procurement and shipping of raw materials. Your day to day activities involve liaison with international suppliers and freight forwarders; accurate and timely upkeep of internal systems; monitoring and reporting to ensure continuity of supply and achievement of key business targets.

Main responsibilities:

• Maintain successful relationships with our current suppliers and be involved in sourcing and approval of potential new.
• Work with Supply Chain colleagues to maintain our ERP systems on an ongoing basis to support and improve data quality.
• Participate in purchasing activities such as raw materials costs optimisation as well as delivery lead time reduction.
• Assist with the development of best practice purchasing practices to suit business needs.
• Monitor and maintain the progress of purchase orders from placement to receipt, ensuring timely delivery in agreement with our terms.
• Liaise with suppliers with respect to product specifications, transit times, documentation and custom clearance.
• Arrange deliveries/collections of stock to minimise overdue deliveries and impact to service from and to different production sites.
• Update key internal stakeholders and Supply Chain colleagues of potential changes in timelines or volumes.
• Pre-shipment sample submission to QC for testing and approval and follow through till their final approval.
• Ensure requisitions are processed in a timely manner.
• Manage supplier enquiries.
• Provide regular spend analysis and stock reports.

Knowledge & Experience:


• Experience in import and export of sea, road and air freight
• Knowledge of customs clearance procedures and requirements
• Commercial awareness
• Sensitivity on cultural differences
• PC literate and confident


• Supply chain knowledge of systems and processes from supplier to consumer
• Experience in stock control
• Commercial awareness
• Ability to influence and negotiate, research, network and build relationships
• Experience in working with ERP business systems (IFS)

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