Assistant Buyer

  • Normanton
  • To be negotiated
  • Purchasing

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Assistant Buyer

Ref: req39641

Position: Assistant Buyer

Location: Normanton

Customer: NHS SC

Grade:RCS N

Contract Type: Permanent (Full-Time)

Closing Date for Applications: 26th June 2017

As an Assistant Buyer y ou will be responsible for ensuring thatyou provide a supporting role for a range of non-strategic contracts to ensure that operational procurement demands are managed effectively allowing overall business targets to be achieved

Key Responsibilities in this role will include:

To manage contract and supplier performance on low value – not necessarily contracts in line with customer needs aimed at improved delivery and customer satisfaction.

Manage the OJEU tendering process for selected contracts.

To be proactive in supplier management in identifying and resolving operational and tactical issues on low value contracts.

To support the delivery of savings to NHS SC customers.

To manage the process for product recalls in a timely manner i.e. MHRA or manufacturer recalls.

Contribute to the management of the product council and task force groups.

To maintain the product database with amendments for existing products, or the introduction of new products.

Work closely with other Junior Buyers to ensure consistency and best practice.

Be an active member of the Procurement team, supporting teamwork and joint learning and development initiatives.

Contribute to formulation, review and implementation of policies and procedures.

Participate in projects and initiatives as appropriate.

Assist in maintaining own and others' Health, Safety and Security.

Promote and behave in a way consistent with theOrganisation's Vision and Values.

Develop own knowledge and skills and provide information to others to help their development e.g category or market area.

Promote and support people's equality, diversity and rights.

Other duties within the general scope of the post and appropriate to the grading as may be required from time to time.

Create product or service specifications.

Analyse the effect of supplier price changes on business margin and NHS SC catalogue prices.
Key skills and experience in this role will include:

A full understanding of financial accounts / appraisal and of supplier cost bases.

Full understanding of external cost pressures and how these drive business operating costs (commodity, fuel etc.)

Monitor contractor performance against pre-determined milestones, and to identify when corrective action needed.

Basic understanding of OJEU obligations and how day-to-day activities contribute/are impacted by legal obligation.

Basic understanding of the difference between procurement within the private sector and public sector.

Basic understanding of how Government departments interact with the business and our obligations to them.

Compliance with administrative and procedural needs through adherence to pre-defined rules/procedures, under close supervision.

Relevant experience in commercial functions or education in logistics/supply chain management.

CIPS is desirable, either achieved or studying towards.

Strong Customer Service background.


Analytical Mind.

Strong IT skills - Excel, Access, Databases.

Attention to details.

Quick Learner.

Great Team Player.

What will you get in return?

As a part of a growing DHL population you will receive access to a variety of our excellent benefitswhich could include; 25 days holiday, pension scheme, medical cover, childcare vouchers, retail discounts, flexible working, training, development and secondments opportunities and MANY MORE.

What you'll need to do next?

If you have a proven track record of achievement to match the requirements for this role and you are looking for your next career move, simply apply online ensuring that a full up to date CV is attached with your application.

We will ensure that all our resourcing activities are fair, transparent and consistent across the UK. We want to ensure that the candidate experience is of the highest professional standard.

The Company is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all employees. Furthermore we aim to ensure our workplaces are free from discrimination and that not only employees but also our potential future employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. We will ensure that equality of opportunity maintains a high profile in our organisation.

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