Purchasing Assistant

Posted 07/01/2022 by 2020 Recruitment

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
£13 - £16/hour

2020 Recruitment is working with one of our largest Engineering clients who are looking to add a Purchasing Assistant to their team in Inverurie on an initial 6-month contract starting on the 10th of January 2022.

As the Purchasing Assistant, you will be responsible for the sourcing and planning of materials in line with the manufacturing production schedule.

You will need to be highly motivated, proactive, organised, and possess a good working knowledge of Microsoft applications. Good IT and analytical skills are essential, including high numerical capabilities to ensure the delivery of our key business objectives.

Working Hours

37.5 hours. Mon-Thurs 8:00 - 16:30 (45 mins lunch), Fri 8:00 - 15:15 (45 mins lunch)

Duties & Responsibilities

The Purchasing Assistant duties will include the following:

  • Support purchasing team with all purchasing activities.
  • Review Traceability Number requests and issue numbers to suppliers
  • Review tender requests and present information to Buyers with recommended order placement.
  • Proactively monitor supplier performance and develop vendors to improve on-time delivery, product quality and reduce lead-times.
  • Monitor and expedite late Purchase and Works Orders.  Liaise closely with the planning department for all items that will not meet the requirements of the Production Schedule and provide solutions as necessary.
  • Support with the resolution of invoices pending payment in a timely manner, by performing detailed analysis to identify root cause of issue prohibiting invoice payment.
  • Assist inventory control, when required, with any queries in goods receiving.  
  • Undertake vendor analysis and selection along with identifying and establish supply agreements to the benefit the organization
  • Update procedures, work instructions and manuals as per requirements
  • Participate in meetings and keep up to date on issues related to Purchase Order delivery, vendor performance, Metrics, capacity constraints and other related Supply Chain issues.
  • Achieve target On-time delivery and Lead-time and inventory turn levels based on manufacturing and supply chain capacity/flexibility.
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities
  • Represent the organization in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Engage in any other activities as requested by the Lead Buyer.  

Experience Required

To be considered for the Purchasing Assistant position you MUST have the following skills & experience:

  • HNC in Business or Manufacturing related subject
  • Working knowledge manufacturing environment, inventory management, or planning environment.
  • Knowledge of Lean & Operational Excellence
  • Working knowledge of the Oil and Gas in a relevant field
  • Experience in presenting to cross-functional teams
  • Knowledge of Lean & Operational Excellence
  • Knowledge of tools, concepts and methodologies of QA
  • Proficient IT skills including MS Word, MS Excel and Other MS Office Applications. 


As the Purchasing Assistant you will be offered the following:

  • Competitive hourly rate depending on experience (£13-£16ph)
  • Minimum of 6 month contract
  • Opportunity to develop within the business
  • Career progression
  • 29 days holiday entitlement
  • Pension contribution


To apply for this position please make contact with Robert at 2020 Recruitment 

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