Purchasing Assistant

Posted 17/11/2023 by Northern Employment Services Ltd

AB51, Kintore, Aberdeenshire

Pay Rate: £14.30 MAX
Location: Kintore
Positions: 2
Duration: 6 months, possibility temp to perm
Hours: flexible start/end - Mon-Fri start 07.30-09.30, finish 16.30-18.30 & Fri start 08.00, finish 12.30 (if reached 37.5hrs/week)
No hybrid working, with exceptions (i.e. sick child)
Joining a mixed team of 8-9 people

We now have a position for a Purchasing Assistant to join the team who will report to the Lead Buyer.
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.


• Support Eastern Hemisphere purchasing team with all purchasing activities.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

• CIPS Qualifications
• HNC in Business or Manufacturing related subject
• Bachelor's degree in supply chain management or related discipline

• 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
Skills, training or special knowledge:
• Proficient IT skills including MS Word, MS Excel and Other MS Office Applications.
• Experience in presenting to cross-functional teams
• Knowledge of Lean & Operational Excellence
• Knowledge of tools, concepts and methodologies of QA
• Continuous Improvement Techniques
• ERP knowledge such as Syteline.

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving ours and our client’s goals in creating a positive work environment. We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply for this position.

Northern Employment Services is a leading recruiter specialising in Temp, Temp to Perm, Contract and Permanent placements in a number of sectors including Manufacturing, Industrial and Production, Logistics and Distribution and Commercial.

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