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Salary: Market related

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Job Type: Permanent

Date Listed: 15 Jun 2022

Reference: 5520

Assistant / Junior Buyer
Location: Coventry
Salary: Negotiable dependent on experience

 A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a leading manufacturing company as an Assistant / Junior Buyer.  This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a team of professionals that provide an excellent service to their clients.

The Assistant / Junior Buyer role would be offered on a full-time permanent basis.

As the Assistant Buyer / Junior you will be supporting the purchasing team and effectively managing the supply of materials, parts and products across the client. You will be a key point of contact for customers and suppliers, who may need assistance with orders, requests and queries.


  • Raise Purchase orders directly or via the approved requisitions process for Finished Goods; Services, Raw Materials and Consumable items and communicate the requirements to Suppliers.
  • Take some responsibility for allocated areas of Direct/Indirect Spend
  • Evaluate and select suppliers to get the best match for the business need.
  • Source raw materials and services to either replace or as a benchmarking tool to seek out cost saving opportunities, improve quality or meet regulatory requirements.
  • Benchmark, monitor and audit suppliers on price, quality, delivery and capability criteria
  • Expedite deliveries on time sensitive orders to ensure requested deliveries dates are on schedule. Chase late deliveries identified as creating production or operational issues.
  • Clear Invoice Queries which cannot be First Time Matched by the Accounts Department.
  • Raise Part Numbers for new items to be purchased and log on the system.
  • Deal with general supplier and order queries and record any changes. To also ensure Supplier, product or order details are kept up to date.
  • Update Current costs in line with price movements. To record price change history.
  • Product Sourcing to support Purchasing team members.
  • Maintain and update ISO Certificate and general Supplier information
  • Manage and supply information required by client Auditors on an ‘as and when’ basis.
  • Provide general administrative support to Purchasing Team members.


  • Must have previous experience working in an Assistant / Junior Buyer role or similar Purchasing role.
  • Experience using resource planning software’s
  • Must have good analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Must have good negotiation skills
  • Coming from a manufacturing/production/commercial background would be an advantage