Purchasing Assistant

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

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  • Salary:

    £19000 - £22000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Chantal Partridge

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  • Published:

    over 2 years ago

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Purchasing Assistant - Birmingham

I am currently recruiting for a global manufacturer based in Birmingham, who are looking for a Purchasing Assistant to join their busy purchasing team. The role is paying between £19,000 - £22,000 and is perfect for someone who is looking for an opportunity to progress into Category/Commodity Management or Purchasing. The role encompasses elements of stock control, account management and market analysis, and would suit someone who is perhaps a Purchasing Assistant, Stock Controller, Junior Buyer or Procurement Analyst.

The responsibilities of the Purchasing Assistant are:

  • Complete RFP enquiries accurately and within defined timescales.
  • Ensure data regarding product and suppliers is set up and maintained accurately
  • Be the first point of contact for the account support functions
  • Generate and maintain departmental and category reports
  • Attend supplier meetings to take and file minutes
  • Research, assess and make initial contact with potential new suppliers
  • Organise and label supplier samples rotating new/obsolete to make sure storage is available at all times.
  • Take ownership of a sub-category, producing a cost saving plan and undertaking tender activity.

Person specification of the Purchasing Assistant are:

  • Previous use of Excel and Microsoft office
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Good level of numeracy
  • Two years' minimum in a purchasing/buying role dealing directly with overseas suppliers but will consider relevant backgrounds.
  • Background in a fast-paced distribution, retail or manufacturing environment
  • Second language would of be a bonus.


£19,000 - £22,000

This role would be best suited to a Junior Buyer, Purchasing or Supply Chain Administrator, Stock Controller, Material Controller, Supply Chain Account Manager, Procurement Analyst or a Procurement & Supply Chain Graduate