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.
Plant General Manager
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£60000.00 - £65000.00 per annum Benefits
Plant Manager East Manchester £60,000 - £65,000 Benefits DOE Role Profile Our client is a well-established chemical manufacturer based in East Manchester. They are currently looking t...
Demand & Operations Planner
£30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Demand & Operations Planner London OR Dublin £30,000 - £35,000 Role ProfileWe have a fantastic opportunity for you to join an international business specialised in healthy and responsible produced foo...
Benefits, Relocation Package
Plant Manager Cornwall £ Competitive Salary, Benefits, Relocation Package Role ProfileOur client is a thriving manufacturing business with a site in Cornwall. They are currently looking to appoint a...
Head of Supply Chain
£85000.00 - £95000.00 per annum Benefits
Head of Supply ChainCentral Belt - Scotland£85,000 - £95,000 Benefits DOE Role ProfileOur client is an expanding Retail/Manufacturing based within the Central Belt in Scotland. This business are loo...
Operations Director - Automotive
Birmingham, West Midlands
£90000 - £110000 per annum Car Allowance Benefits
Operations Director - Automotive West Midlands£100,000 - £110,000 Benefits DOE Role ProfileOur client is a well-established and expanding automotive manufacturer based in West Midlands. They are cur...
Dudley, West Midlands
Up to £35000.00 per annum
Material PlannerDudley£35,000 per annum Role Profile Our client is a well-established manufacturer based in Dudley. They are currently looking to appoint a Material Planner on a 6-month FTC or perman...
Droylsden, Greater Manchester
£40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Maintenance Manager East Manchester £40-£45k DOE Role ProfileOur client is a well-established chemical manufacturer based in East Manchester. They are currently looking to appoint a Maintenance Manage...
Birmingham, West Midlands
£35000.00 - £45000 per annum Excellent benefits
Demand Planner£35,000-£45,000Birmingham Hybrid Working Role ProfileCastUK is currently recruiting for an experienced Demand Planner for a rapidly expanding FMCG business based in Birmingham. The com...
Project Co-ordinator Crewe £ Competitive Salary Role ProfileOur client is a highly successful manufacturing business with a site based in Crewe. They are currently looking to appoint a Project Co-ord...
Despatch Supervisor - FMCG
£25000.00 - £33000 per annum Benefits
Role Title Despatch Supervisor - FMCG Cannock To £33,000 Benefits Role Profile Excellent opportunity to join expanding FMCG operation based in Cannonck during an exciting period of change and growt...
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