Materials Buyer


Reporting to the Commercial Manager, this role is busy, varied and demands a strong, solid background as a buyer gained within the Construction industry, especially refurbishment projects in office, residential and new build conversions.
Responsible for the efforts and results of the buying division within the commercial department and overseeing day to day operations to ensure all duties are undertaken.
Identifying, sourcing and negotiating with suppliers in the purchasing of materials and plant hire for Construction projects requires in-depth understanding of the industry, build methods, sub-contractor/supplier materials and what they are used for.
Developing a materials database and system to improve efficiency, output and cost management
Attending site to monitor site purchases, keeping close attention to purchased materials, quality, specification and performance of suppliers to agreed project terms. Effective communication and leadership skills must be strong to ensure collaborative working is maintained at all levels.
Timely reporting with accurate costa analysis information into the Commercial Manager. Having the ability to be highly efficient, accurate and logical in their work by demonstrating, cost control, best value and negotiating skills to achieve corporate goals both project to project and as a whole for the department/business.
Negotiating agreements, rates, retrospective discounts, payment terms and preparing associate documentation for execution. A good understanding of contractual terminology and buying processes is important.
Monitoring service levels and performance and working with the Commercial Manager regarding the appointment or termination of suppliers/sub-contractors as necessary.
Working a sole buyer across the business.
Management of overheads and the strategic review of direct and associated costs.
Working closely with the commercial team to understand and analyse profitability, financial risk and corporate challenges of projects regarding both clients and sub-contractors.
Checking and approving all invoices against purchase orders and proof of delivery notes.

The Experience

At least 8 years experience in a similar role with a blend of technical expertise, commercial and financial acumen.
Industry experience in the Construction, fit out, joinery sector, residential and new build developments.
Have the ability to create, monitor, manage systems and procedures efficiently with a logically approach.
Excellent numeracy, interpersonal, analytical, organisation and IT skills.
Good time management and prioritising skills are essential.
An excellent working knowledge of advanced Excel, Word and cost management systems would be a distinct advantage.
The ability to work on your own initiative, quickly pick up new systems and processes, coupled with a passion to succeed.

The Salary

Negotiable depending on experience, plus company vehicle and contributory pension scheme

Holiday Entitlement

24 days plus statutory bank holidays

The Hours

8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday – the business necessitates flexibility so additional hours may be required

The Requirements

Driving is essential to undertake this role for site attendance, surveys and client meetings/sub-contractor meetings is essential

Interested? Please send your CV in the first instance to