Purchasing Assistant

Location St Austell
Discipline: Office & Professional , Management & Executive
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £25000 - £28000 + benefits
Contact name: Rebecca Richardson

Contact email: rebecca@smithandreed.co.uk
Job ref: RR 40232
Published: 17 days ago
Startdate: Immediate start available

Well established business in the St Austell area is looking to recruit a Purchasing Assistant to join their friendly team.


The purpose of the role is to ensure the purchase of all bespoke and special products is managed and controlled to ensure optimum price is achieved with on time delivery to meet customer requirements.

This will also include the control of reserved stock levels and liaising with the sales team.

The position would suit candidates who have worked in a purchasing/buying role previously and looking for a new challenge.


The Purchasing Department is responsible for approximately 4500 stock lines which is purchased from 200+ suppliers dealing in multi-currency and multi sourcing.



  • Working as part of the team to ensure optimal purchase of all bespoke product

  • Sourcing new special product and negotiating price

  • Taking full responsibility for all supplier returns, returning products quickly to ensure credits/replacements are received and systems are updated to ensure up to date accuracy.

  • Working with the General Manager to ensure suppliers are reviewed regularly to ensure correct service level, delivery schedule and pricing

  • Assisting the General Manager in increasing Importing, working on fastest moving products and adding associate products to bring larger cost savings to the company.

  • Getting information/costs for special products back to the Sales Team within the agreed timeframe. Provide feedback to the General Manager in this area.

  • Seek to enhance profit margin on all purchases

  • Liaise with Finance regarding invoice queries, liaising with Supplier as appropriate to resolve

  • Keeping in close contact with suppliers ensuring we are being offered Innovation at the earliest opportunity. Also offering Sales product and technical feedback.

  • Update all pricing, specification and code changes on system and feed through to website admin to update website

  • Working with Accounts to ensure swift payment of invoices

This role is being offered on a full-time permanent basis.

For more information please apply today. Contact: rebecca@smithandreed.co.uk