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Assistant Buyer - Manufacturing / Engineering / Construction

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer. 

We are currently looking for an Assistant Buyer to join our fantastic Procurement Team based in the Solihull area. This role is commutable from Birmingham, Selly Oak, Kings Norton, Rubery, Redditch, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Tamworth, Lichfield, Walsall, and the surrounding areas. This opportunity would particularly suit candidates with procurement experience gained within a Manufacturing, Engineering or Construction environment.

This role has the option for Hybrid Working, meaning you can work part of your week at home.

We’re working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.


Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the role of Assistant Buyer is working as part of a Procurement team closely supporting our Category Managers. The ideal candidate for the role of Assistant Buyer will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the business with their purchasing requirements, across all categories and all business units nationwide
  • Delivering additional value by understanding the business needs and engaging with suppliers to negotiated preferential terms
  • Providing advice and guidance to the business in line with business buying policies
  • Supporting the category managers and the wider procurement function to identify and/or deliver strategic benefits and compliance to existing procurement contracts
  • Manage and provide all necessary KPI and reporting for the Procurement Team including ensuring suppliers have the appropriate accreditation status and managing the supplier performance reporting
  • Managing workflow approvals for all purchase requisitions
  • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Acting as a mentor to apprentices within the Procurement Team
  • Driving greater utilisation of Procurement tools such as eProcurement, including eAuctions
  • Supporting the learning and development of the Higher Apprentice


The Ideal Candidate

Suitable candidates for the role of Assistant Buyer will have previous operational procurement experience ideally from within Manufacturing, Engineering or Construction environment. As an Assistant Buyer, you should also be able to evidence:

  • Previous experience within an operational procurement environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills essential
  • Confident to engage with stakeholders at all levels both verbally and via written communication
  • Strong analytical skills with a proven ability to problem solve
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, able to manage risk and negotiate best value
  • Ability to successfully manage stakeholders at all levels
  • Resilience to challenge in the appropriate manner
  • Excellent time management and the ability to prioritise
  • Strong IT skills including MS Teams, MS Office, Sharepoint
  • SAP experience preferred but other ERP systems accepted
  • Experience in a multi-site organisation advantageous


Why Tarmac

Along with the role of Assistant Buyer we offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits:

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice
  • Access to join our Employee Communities (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc.(REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+ , Parents & carers, Ability , Wellbeing,  Female voice and menopause
  • Training and development opportunities

Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future? 

Tarmac, a CRH company, is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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Tarmac Trading Limited

Tarmac Trading Limited

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