Junior Buyer jobs
Procurement is a job that might look pretty straightforward on the face of it, but actually involves a good deal of skill and experience, not to mention a little black book full of contacts, to make it work successfully. However there are also many tasks in the job, such as routinely seeking out new clients and making initial contact with them, which many companies can consider inefficient use of procurement expertise , which can be costly.
This is why larger companies will employ junior buyers. They will probably be business graduates, young, able people starting out on their procurement careers but not experienced enough to be entrusted with running a department themselves. Reporting to a senior buyer or purchasing manager, they will be given relatively rigid instructions such as researching very specific data or they will be given lists of contacts to approach with propositions or enquiries, but the bulk of any negotiation, data interpretation, decision-making and sign-offs will be passed to those above him or her.
However, the junior buyer will, as time goes by and as she or he becomes more familiar with the job, gradually start to take more of the initiative when it comes to making decisions. Eventually they will drop the “junior” tag and become simply a buyer or a senior buyer as they make their way up the corporate ladder.
The skills required
Junior buyers will generally be sourced from the graduate pool, perhaps business graduates or possibly those who graduated in a field related to the company’s main sector. However, people without degrees might be considered if they have experience of a sales or buying position elsewhere.
Applicants will definitely need to have a high level of numeracy and literacy, as there will be a good deal of data gathering and communication in the job. IT skills will also be required, especially in the office solutions that are most common. Candidates should also be able to display a good deal of enthusiasm for the work and an ability to absorb information and take instructions.
Most employers will not take on junior buyers with the intention of their remaining juniors for long, however. The role will probably come with a timetable of milestones that demonstrate their growing experience and ability to perform their roles with minimal assistance as they develop.
Procurement Specialist - Heating and Gas Servicing
North West England
£50000 - £55000 per annum
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£60000 - £65000 per annum
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Country Sales Manager Austria
£50000.00 - £56000.00 per annum Plus Bonus
Country Sales Manager - Austria/SwitzerlandRole ProfileIf you have a strong sales background within the alcoholic drinks industry, then this could be the perfect role for you! A great opportunity to i...
Country Sales Manager Netherlands
£50000.00 - £56000.00 per annum Plus Bonus
Country Sales Manager - NetherlandsAmsterdam/RotterdamRole ProfileIf you have a strong sales background within the alcoholic drinks industry, then this could be the perfect role for you! A great oppor...
Technical Support Engineer
£32000.00 - £35000.00 per annum plus benefits
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£25000.00 - £30000.00 per annum Benefits
Transport Assistant North Feltham £25,000 - £30,000 Benefits Role ProfileCast have partnered with rapidly expanding events equipment business, who are looking to strengthen its senior management tea...
Supply Chain Coordinator (12 month FTC)
Oldham, Greater Manchester
£28000.00 - £30000.00 per annum Benefits
Supply Chain Coordinator - 12 Month FTC Oldham £28,000 - £30,000 Are you a Purchasing Assistant or Junior Buyer looking to step up in to a varied and more challenging role? Would you like to ...
Packaging Development Manager
Up to £60000.00 per annum Benefits
Role ProfilePartner with Marketing and Design to bring to life the desired aesthetic intent into a technically feasible packaging proposition, meeting costs targets, desired launch timings, and impera...
Regulatory& Product Technologist
Up to £50000.00 per annum Benefits
Regulatory & Product Technologist Hertfordshire c £50,000 Benefits package Role ProfileThis role involves fast-paced development of new branded products for international launch while ensuring regu...
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