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  • Job reference: 921343
  • Location: Dalkeith, Midlothian
  • Salary: GBP30000 - GBP34000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Buyers, Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Date posted: 02/10/2018

Buyer, Edinburgh, From £30,000 to £34,000

Our client, a leading manufacturing company with operations worldwide, are seeking an experienced Buyer who can lead a small team working at their facilities near Edinburgh.

Main areas of responsibility:

  • Negotiate with suppliers of products / materials / services to achieve cost savings

  • Analyse MRP reports, internal of-line reports, and other sources as necessary to identify purchasing requirements (including for non-MRP items where required); raise / expedite relevant purchase orders as appropriate.

  • Control inventory levels of raw materials

  • Reduce supplier quality issues in number and value, and ensure recovery of all rework costs while ensuring continuity of supply

  • Monitor and improve suppliers' performance through regular discussion and review.

  • Minimise number of stock lines via rationalisation suggestions.

  • Obtain and maintain up to date records for suppliers' specifications, certificates of Test and Conformity.

  • Develop awareness of new materials, suppliers, and processes; arrange supplier swatch books and sample materials as necessary; initiate and expedite internal material/process evaluations.

  • Identify and minimise obsolete and slow moving raw material stocks through annual or ad hoc disposal routines.

  • Be aware of, and implement, FSC and Packaging Waste compliance needs, and assist in operational aspects and annual submission(s) as required.

  • Assist with stocktaking and sample checking.

  • Maintain updated supplier price lists and issue to relevant staff.

  • Ensure colleagues are cross-trained where necessary to allow relevant skills to be shared.

  • Be involved in standard cost amendments, both on an annual and an ad hoc basis.

  • Maintain adherence to principles of 5S as they apply to the office environment.


  • Both a team player to achieve departmental goals and a natural ability to work alone to achieve personal targets.

  • Ability to convince others and influence outcomes.

  • Highly analytical with the ability to confidently understand and use MRP systems.

  • Naturally comfortable in a fast moving and dynamic production environment.

  • Comfortable with all styles of communication and with dealing with all levels of internal and supplier contacts.

  • Proven ability to work within agreed budgets and timescales.

  • Excellent prioritisation and organisational ability.


  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of procurement including sourcing, commercial negotiation, supplier management and global sourcing

  • Demonstrable success in purchasing or procurement.

  • Demonstrable success in inventory management.

  • Experienced in working in a compliance environment.

  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment ideal but not essential.

This role is commutable from Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Dalkeith, Tranent, Leith, Dunbar, North Berwick, Livingston, Linlithgow, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Rosyth, South Queensferry, North Queensferry, Bo'ness.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.