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Purchasing Assistant

Req ID:  5484
Company:  DCC Vital - SP Services
Salary:  Not disclosed

Telford, GB, TF1 7XT

Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  24-Nov-2022




Job title:



Purchasing Assistant







Responsible to:



Purchasing Manager


Overall Purpose:

The Purchasing Assistant is responsible for the daily running of the company supply chain and purchasing activities, fundamentally ensuring the smooth and efficient receipt of goods to enable successful sales and service levels. This role is pivotal for interacting with other departments to resolve issues quickly while pro-actively forward planning from a stock and supply perspective.


Principal Accountabilities:


  • Raising purchase orders
  • Chasing purchase orders and communicate relevant information to colleagues
  • Develop relationships with key suppliers
  • Sourcing new products and retrieving data from suppliers for customer requests
  • Resolving any issues with suppliers including product, performance and invoicing issues
  • Processing the return of goods back to suppliers
  • Monitor supplier performance, resolving and escalating where necessary
  • Effective inter-departmental communication to resolve queries
  • Maintenance of product, supplier, and market knowledge in order to enable analysis and reporting
  • Inputting and maintaining data on IT systems
  • Assisting management in cost saving and efficiency initiatives
  • Assisting with any ad-hoc project work
  • Taking ownership of product categories and/or suppliers to achieve growth/service targets
  • Liaising with suppliers and logistic partners to oversee importing of goods
  • Monitoring stock to ensure appropriate stock is held and good stock control processes are maintained




The details outlined in this job description reflect the content of the post at the date the job description was prepared.  It is inevitable that over time the nature of employee’s jobs will change, existing duties may be lost and other duties gained without changing the general character of the work or level of responsibility entailed.  It is intended that this job description will be revised from time to time in discussion with the post holder


In addition, you may be expected to perform other duties commensurate with this position or as required to assist the business needs.  Any additional tasks will be kept within your abilities and skills range, and training will be provided if necessary.  Such agreement should not be unreasonably withheld


Person Specification:


  • 3+ years experience of working within a similar role as part of a purchasing team
  • Confident with commercial communication skills
  • Strong engagement and relationship management skills with colleagues and suppliers
  • Excellent negotiation, problem solving and decision making abilities
  • A team player able to embrace and adapt to change
  • Keen to take on responsibilities and work on their personal progression
  • Strong IT skills of Excel and other Microsoft packages. Experience of SAP would be advantageous
  • Able to be responsible and work with autonomy to set KPI’s and processes
  • Enjoys a fast-paced working environment
  • Action orientation and a proactive approach to the completion of tasks and projects