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Trainee Buyer

Trainee Buyer
Location: Wakefield
Package: Basic Salary £18,000, plus bonus/commission, with excellent PLC company benefits & scope for professional development
Sector: Packaging distribution
 

The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting opportunity for a Trainee Buyer to join our team based in Wakefield. 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 professional accredited training.
 
The Trainee Buyer Role
Working as a member of our local procurement team, your role will support the site at which you are based whilst upholding the company wide National procurement strategy.
Within this role you will gain varied exposure to wider procurement tasks and scenarios whilst primarily focusing on ensuring that correct stock levels are ordered and held for customers. Your journey with us will commence by taking on a predominantly stock-control focused remit, learning all aspects of this and then gradually progressing into other areas of the procurement functions. It is our intention that once a certain level of aptitude has been achieved, and following completion of probation, the successful candidate will also be encouraged to embark on a CIPS (chartered institute of purchasing & supply) accredited training program, this to further support their understanding of procurement functionality.
 
Trainee Buyer Key Duties  
Reporting to the Senior Buyer, the role will require the following activity…

  • Directly supporting the local team with day-to-day procurement activity
  • To purchase standard and non-standard stock items, maintaining cost effective stock levels
  • Develop a full understanding of the total supply chain function
  • Actively seek to reduce stock holding and material costs
  • To ensure that purchasing transactions are carried out in the timeliest and cost-effective manner
  • Administer purchase orders and all other associated administration
  • Liaise with existing suppliers and source alternative suppliers when necessary
  • Develop awareness of the profit implication of stock holding costs, including redundant and damaged stock
  • Develop and maintain a good knowledge of all packaging solutions

Do you have the correct profile?
We certainly welcome your application if you have gained experience of working within a commercial/office working environment and can demonstrate transferable skills including negotiation, communication, and customer service. Please note that no prior experience within procurement or purchasing is necessary as full training and a clear pathway for development will be provided. It would obviously be helpful if you have a genuine interest in pursuing a career path within purchasing/procurement. As a minimum requirement, we do also seek strong computer literacy (MS Office to include Excel spreadsheets) & strong attention to detail.
 
Our Benefits
We provide a competitive basic starting salary and operate a range of rewarding bonus/incentive schemes. Our flexible employee benefits can include: –

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service) plus all public/bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Free parking at many of our site locations
  • Range of company cars or cash allowance (including electric) for qualifying roles
  • Employee assistance program to support & advise with well-being & any issues
  • Extensive range of training/development & potential progression opportunities
  • Employee discount scheme (discounts on several major retail/leisure brands)
  • Simply Health/Dental Cover option or BUPA cover for qualifying roles
  • Tax free childcare (TFC) scheme
  • Enhanced maternity & paternity pay
  • Long service awards (5-40 years)
  • Charitable giving options
  • Financial support with eye-tests/purchasing glasses (DSE users only)
  • O2 Mobile discount scheme (up to 25% off)
  • Candidate referral scheme (awards £750 for referring successful applicants to Macfarlane job vacancies)

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 favored 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 on this occasion.
 
 
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