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Trainee Buyer

Trainee Buyer
Location: Horsham
Package: Basic Salary £17,000-£22,000 (dependant on experience)
Plus bonus/commission
& other excellent PLC company benefits  
Sector: Packaging distribution
 
The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting opportunity for a Trainee Buyer to join our procurement team based in Horhsam. 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 actively focussing on ensuring that correct stock levels are ordered and held for customers.
 
Trainee Buyer Key Duties  
Reporting to the Procurement Manager, the role will require the following activity…

  • Directly supporting the local team of buyers 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 holing 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 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. As a minimum requirement, we do also seek strong computer literacy (MS Office to include Excel spreadsheets) & strong attention to detail. You will also ideally have some previous experience of working within a small office-based team.
 
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 up 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 important 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. 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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