Purchasing Assistant - Wiltshire

Purchasing Assistant jobs

Helping to keep company expenditure to an absolute minimum whilst ensuring delivery of orders on time are the main tasks of the purchasing assistant. As the name suggests, they might be working alongside purchasing managers or heads of procurement, and might be streamed into specific parts of the procurement operation, for example dealing with certain countries or certain materials, depending upon their expertise.

The role will involve a good deal of administration work too, as distinct from the work done by the more supplier-facing buyers. The purchasing assistant will usually need to collect the data on procurement quite regularly in order to keep on top of the reporting effort and maintain complete control over budgets and forecasts.

There could be some contact with suppliers in the job, perhaps chasing up invoices or keeping in communication to ensure things are running smoothly and that no issues threaten to jeopardise the constant supply should it be required by the employer.

The purchasing assistant is an important role in a procurement department, dealing with the paperwork and other admin work in order to allow the buyers to go about their work more efficiently.

The skills required

The buyers and purchasing management will be relying on the purchasing assistant to maintain a smoothly running procurement department, so independent-minded people who are able to work on their own initiative will be highly valued. They will need to understand the procurement process, and any specific knowledge of the sector that the position is in will certainly help, as it will increase the likelihood of awareness of specific documents and legal aspects of it.

The purchasing assistant may well have several or tens of buyers to process the work of, so they should be excellent at juggling many different sets of figures and lines of communication at once. The ability to collect and present information accurately will depend upon the purchasing assistant’s ability to communicate effectively, making this skill key to potential candidates.

Purchasing Assistant Jobs in Wiltshire

Known for its sweeping Salisbury Plain and ancient stone circles like Stonehenge and Avebury, Wiltshire is a county in the south-west of England that shares borders with a number of counties like Somerset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset.

For anyone seeking Purchasing Assistant roles in Wiltshire, a number of options can be found in the region - in settlements such as Swindon, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Wilton.

Much of Wiltshire is situated around the M4 corridor, and this has given a significant boost to its economy, as businesses are attracted to the region's ease of access and lovely rural surroundings.

Manufacturing is an important part of the local economy, and products that are made here range from electrical goods to food and beverages, furniture, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Just some of the companies that have set up regional or international offices in Wiltshire include WHSmith, Early Learning Centre, Dyson, Honda, Reckitt Benckiser, Intel and Motorola.

The National Trust's head office is also registered in Wiltshire and Oxford University's book depository for the Bodleian Library is also here - which contains over 150 miles of bookshelves. What's more, a number of military and defence establishments are also located in the region.

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Cast UK’s procurement opportunities

Cast UK was founded by logistics, procurement and supply chain specialists, and our consultants are all from these backgrounds too, so we have in-depth knowledge of what employers and candidates are looking for. Employers come to us to find candidates because they’re confident that we’ll help them find the most appropriate managers and executives.

Cast UK have jobs all over the UK, so we are well placed to find you work in logistics, procurement or supply chain wherever you are located or plan to locate. If you’re moving house, please see if there are any positions available in the area you’re moving to; and if you’re simply looking for more fulfilment in your working life, there could be an employer looking for the skills you have.

When we have your details, we’ll be able to start matching you with positions as soon as they arise, so do get in touch if you’re looking for a job in procurement.

To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Purchasing Assistant for your business or find you a job as a Purchasing Assistant then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.

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