Recruitment Agency in Norfolk - P + S Personnel Services

Always The Right Resource



  • Location: Norwich
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Working Hours: Full Time
  • Length of Employment: Perm
  • Reference: PS3699AW
  • Sector: Buyer
  • Vacancy First Advertised: 04th Jul 2022

P+S Personnel are pleased to be working on behalf of our clients, who are currently seeking a Buyer to join their team on a full-time permanent basis, based in Norwich.

Reporting to:
• Purchasing Manager

Key Contacts:
• Production Control team (SIL & SSI)
• Label Manufacturing team
• Machine Production team
• Purchasing team (SIL & SSI)
• Finance Stores team
• Export team
• Suppliers

Key Performances
• On-time delivery of purchased items.
• Cost control of parts/assemblies to standard costs.
• Transactional volumes.
• Inventory turns on purchased components.

Key Accountabilities:
• Working as part of a team within the Purchasing Department, the Buyer is responsible for the day-to-day management of a group of designated supplier accounts. This role includes supporting the evaluation and selection of new suppliers, general purchasing transactions, monitoring of purchase order progress, on-time order delivery, cost control, inventory turns, supporting aspects of supplier quality and contributing to the assessment of supplier risks.

The duties and responsibilities of the buyer shall include but not be limited to, the following:
• Raise and manage purchase orders generated on the company business system in compliance with the ISO9001:2015 Purchasing Procedures and department Best Practice
• Guides, ensuring that they are accurate and reflect the current MRP/business demands.
• Interrogate the company MRP system to determine purchase demands, applying value judgement as necessary (i.e. responsible and sufficient quantities).
• Manage the performance of suppliers through day to day communications, ensuring that they continue to provide a high level of service.
• Communicate to suppliers their respective performances in the designated key areas and redress any consequential issues that may arise.
• Negotiate with suppliers, when required, to implement a service level agreement that best suits the strategic company needs whilst maintaining value for money.
• Liaise with Quality and Engineering to ensure product or services offered by a supplier are to the correct specification, will satisfy the required lead-times and offer best value for money.
• Ensure that all suppliers embrace and comply with the company’s operational system – typically, compliance with ISO-9001:2015 and the Supplier Quality Manual.
• Report all potential supplier risks to include financial stability, product obsolescence, single sourced components, single sourced processes and Company consigned tooling.
• Apply and enforce the company Defective Material Report system.
• Make independent decisions on procurement matters within set financial constraints (e.g. Pricing agreements, inventory budget, etc)
• Contribute to continual improvement to improve business processes, reduce lead-times, and work cooperatively with other team members towards improving the purchasing operation.
• Comply with all necessary general company administrative requirements.
• Abide by all statutory requirements.
• Read and adhere to all company policies including (but not limited to) those relating to HR and health and safety.
• Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Purchasing Supervisor or Sales and Operations Planning Manager.


• Recognised qualification in purchasing.
• Current driving license.

• CIPS Level 3 or above


• Demonstrable experience of undertaking procurement derived from a software based MRP system.

• Manufacturing/FMCG background
• Experience of implanting cost savings in a manufacturing-based purchasing role.


• Strong verbal, written and presentation skills in English language.
• Good negotiating skills.
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
• Decision making skills and ability to work to tight deadlines.
• Working knowledge of IT tools and systems.
• Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

• Familiarity with multi-currency transactions.
• Working in a global organisation (time zones, meetings, etc).
• Facilitating meetings.

Personal Attributes:
• Ability to build strong relationships with supplier and internal teams’ members.
• Able to communicate with suppliers and colleagues and members of the team effectively.
• A high degree of commercial awareness “Thinking like an owner”
• Ability to work well with all other personalities and abilities.

If this is a role you are interested in, please apply online ensuring your CV is up to date.

Alternatively, please email your CV directly to

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