Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Assistant Buyer

Assistant Buyer
Location: Coventry Head Office
Package: Basic Salary up to £25,000 (dependent on experience)
plus bonus & other excellent PLC company benefits  
Sector: Packaging distribution
The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Buyer to come aboard and support our National Accounts (retail division) team out of our Coventry Head Office. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Our procurement functionality is a vital part of our solution offering and we continually invest in the professional development of our team including CIPS accredited training.
The Assistant Buyer Role  
Reporting to the Retail Procurement Manager, the Assistant Buyer role will support the National Ecommerce, 3PL and New Business team whilst upholding the company wide National procurement strategy. Your appointment to this position will be integral to the overall success of our business, as you will be instrumental in helping to coordinate projects for our key customers to improve productivity, provide cost savings and environmentally friendly alternatives. This will be a varied role with a wide span of duties and direct involvement with a range of internal & external stakeholders. It is a full-time role working 37.5 hours a week Monday-Friday.
Assistant Buyer Key Duties

  • Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant
  • Working closely with the Sales team on projects
  • Undertake cost savings exercises
  • Request & Manage Sample, Technical Drawing & Artwork sign-off
  • Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities
  • Place Purchase orders when required
  • Expedite deliveries where required
  • Support the sales teams with any supply or product related issues
  • Ensuring supplies adhere to quality, service, and best practise initiatives
  • Reporting and statistical analysis
  • Upholding procurement strategy
  • Liaise with relevant UK sites where applicable and concerning stock holding volumes and space requirements
  • Undertaking administration activities

Do you have the correct profile?
We welcome your application if you have a minimum of 1-year commercial buying experience. This would be preferable as we would hope that you will already have gained exposure to most key duties mentioned above. Ours is a fast-paced sales led distribution business, so although identical experience isn’t essential, any obvious synergy would be useful. You will naturally have strong communication and negotiation skills with the ability to, at times, perform under pressure and fulfil exacting timeframes. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills that will help you to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues and departments and an analytical approach. You may have already gained CIPS accreditation via previous studies but if not, we do as a business offer a pathway to do so. A UK driving licence would also be favourable as there will be the need for occasional travel within this role.
The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
Next Steps
This is an urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favoured candidate to commence with us ASAP. (Please note we are holding zoom video-interviews during the pandemic). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines whereby a significant number of our employees are working from home for the time being. Dependent on the precise role you have applied for, it is important to note that this may be a feature of your initial employment with us until Government advice changes and the situation improves. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.