Buyer (Materials & Plant) – Main Contractor – Central London – £45k
About the Client: SSA are recruiting on behalf a Main Contractor who are operating throughout the in the London area. The company has offices in Tower Hill and are involved predominantly in high end residential & mixed-used schemes up to £30m
Hours 8.30 am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Reporting to: Purchasing Manager
About the Role: To act in the capacity of a material buyer, providing a comprehensive day to day buying service to allocated projects and provide general support to the purchasing manager. Key Tasks:

  • Placing material and plant orders from written and verbal requisitions with approved suppliers.
  • Obtaining quotes and negotiating prices with suppliers.
  • Sourcing specified and alternative materials within the market space ensuring technical compliance.
  • Research the market, source and evaluate potential new suppliers.
  • Comply and work within existing company QA and procedural parameters.
  • Expediting orders and chasing outstanding deliveries.
  • Resolving invoice price and delivery queries with suppliers.
  • Hiring and off hiring of plant.
  • Create and manage a hired and owned plant register.

Skills & Experience Requirement

  • Minimum 5 years material buying experience within the construction sector. Currently working for an existing main contractor.
  • Comprehensive technical knowledge & understanding of construction materials and small tool plant.
  • Full understanding of the buying process and appreciation of supply chain management.
  • Computer literate, fundamental that individual can use word and excel to create unaided written correspondence and spreadsheets. Knowledge of Eque 2 or other industry purchasing software packages an advantage but not crucial.
  • Numeracy and literary skills, ability to produce professional written correspondence and understand and compare supplier quotations etc.
  • Self- motivated, able to work without constant management support.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal with confident telephone manner.
  • Ability to interact with both suppliers and site teams with confidence and a collaborative approach to working with colleagues.
  • Good organisational skills, can prioritise between various competing tasks.
  • Understands the necessity and can meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is not fazed by problems, and has an ability to find solutions.


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