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Purchaser - Construction

  • Location

    St. Albans, Hertfordshire

  • Sectors:

    Direct/Indirect Procurement

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  • Salary:

    £30000 - £35000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Cameron Hirst

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

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    Cameron Hirst

Purchaser - Construction

Herts - St Albans

Permanent Position

Salary Circa £35,000

Excellent Benefits

I am currently recruiting on behalf of an industry leading Construction Subcontractor for a Purchaser. Your role will be to support the Head of Procurement on all aspects of purchasing and involve purchasing equipment, materials and services from selected and approved suppliers, to enable the company to fulfil its contractual obligations.

The Role

Purchase Orders

  • Enter all purchase orders into Construct/ SAGE system in an accurate and timely manner ensuring all technical and commercial clauses are included

  • Check file maker daily for material requisitions and action accordingly


  • Liaise with suppliers and maintain an 'Approved Supplier' list

  • Ensure that a supplier evaluation and performance monitoring process is maintained, documented and reported

  • Find, assess and select suitable suppliers of equipment, materials and services. To ensure that all working agreements and terms and conditions are reviewed and set up with all suppliers

  • Understand all delivery requirements for each project and ensure all materials are delivered on time

  • Negotiate the hire of equipment

  • Ensure a strong working relationship is maintained with all key suppliers

  • Attend estimating handover meetings and project validation meetings to gain a full understanding of the project


  • Request supplier quotations from designated suppliers (minimum of 3 quotes required)

  • Evaluate quotations and produce purchase orders based on information gathered

  • Research requirements and different suppliers to serve and protect the company's financial interests


  • Negotiate service level agreements and terms and conditions

  • Ensure the contract is agreed along with the company's insurance checked. Ensure all documentation is filled out correctly and the purchasing procedure has been followed

Management System

  • Assist with price reviews and the distribution of hire reports when requested

  • Data input and process transactions arising from purchasing and procurement activities

  • Manage invoice disputes including face to face meetings with suppliers to resolve

General Purchasing Duties

  • Liaise with project managers on materials needed for their project

  • Support operational teams at both tender and project delivery stage

  • Prepare information required for the management review process

  • Answer the phone, take and distribute messages

  • General scanning and filing of purchasing documents

  • Maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders in the business

  • Ensure the company has an effective buying and purchasing strategy for each project

  • To continuously improve performance, win contracts, provide an excellent level of service during the planning, execution and completion of projects

  • To ensure that the quality assurance and purchasing procedures are followed and adhered to

The Person

  • Strong communication, administration and negotiation skills

  • A good working knowledge of ISO9001 quality management system with internal auditing skills

  • PC skills including Word, Excel, Sage etc

  • At least five years' experience of buying in the electrical installation industry (desirable)

  • A member or working towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (desirable)

  • Ability to convey a professional and personable image in all communications

  • Respond positively to the needs of businesses clients, management and other colleagues

  • Compliance and support for all internal quality, safety and environmental management system requirements and to provide leadership by example

  • Actively promote and comply with the businesses Health and Safety policies and procedures

  • Adhere to the businesses Quality, HR and Financial policies and procedures

  • Competent IT skills