Assistant Buyer (Apprenticeship)

  • Job Reference: 00040186-1
  • Date Posted: 23 February 2021
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: Fareham, Hampshire
  • Salary: £12,578 to £17,004
  • Sector: Retail & Consumer Products, Covid-19

Job Description

Assistant Buyer (Apprenticeship)Location: FarehamPackage: Basic Salary in line with national minimum wage plus bonus & other excellent PLC company benefits  Sector: Packaging distributionThe Company We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting entry-level role for someone to join our business and pursue a career in procurement. We are seeking to complement our existing team based in Fareham with the appointment of an apprentice Assistant Buyer.We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Our procurement functionality is a vital part of our solution offering and we continually invest in the professional development of our team including CIPS accredited training. The Assistant Buyer Role  Working as a member of our local procurement team, your role will support the site at which you are based whilst upholding the company wide National procurement strategy. Your appointment to this position will be integral to the overall success of our business, as you will be instrumental in helping to coordinate the management and development of the regional supplier base. You will join us on an apprenticeship contract, studying to obtain a relevant ‘standard’ qualification, whereby full ‘on the job’ training and mentoring shall be provided. It is our intention that if all goes to plan and both parties are satisfied, the successful completion of apprenticeship period should result in the offer of a permanent contract of employment.  Assistant Buyer Key Duties
Managing a large portfolio of suppliers
Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant
Ensuring supplies adhere to quality, service, and best practice initiatives
Managing performance of the supplier base
Assisting with tendering activity, product enquiries and ad-hoc project work
Purchasing of standard and non-standard stock items
Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities
Reporting and statistical analysis
Upholding procurement strategy
Maximizing profitability and minimizing risk to the Business
Undertaking stock control and administration activities

Do you have the correct profile? We welcome your application if you are seeking an opportunity to join a large corporate business that can provide a structured career path and training. It would also help if a career within procurement/purchasing is something that may interest you. Prior experience of procurement/stock-control (whilst a bonus) is not necessarily required. Ours is a fast-paced sales led distribution business, so although identical experience isn’t essential, any obvious synergy would be useful. You will naturally have strong communication and negotiation skills with the ability to at times, perform under pressure and fulfil exacting timeframes. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills that will help you to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues and departments. As this is an apprenticeship contract, you must be happy to commit to a 12-month (approx.) learning plan. Applicants will have GCSE grades Math’s & English A-C level, or in the absence of this, a willingness to sit a functional-skills exam in order to gain level 2 qualification in the missing subject(s) The PackageWe provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising up to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.Next Steps This is an urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favored candidate to commence with us ASAP. (Please note we are holding zoom video-interviews during the pandemic). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines whereby a significant number of our employees are working from home for the time being. Dependent on the precise role you have applied for, it is important to note that this may be a feature of your initial employment with us until Government advice changes and the situation improves. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. NO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE