Plumbing and Heating Buyer - Procurement Apprentice

Home Gas Supplies Ltd
Waterfall Mill Unit 6, Queen Victoria Street, Blackburn, BB2 2QG
£163.13 - £307.88 per week
21 Mar 2019
06 Aug 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Principal duties of a plumbing & heatingbuyer:

The construction buyers have a vital part to play in helping ensure the profitability of contracts since they are responsible for ensuring that the most cost-effective and appropriate materials are purchased.

Typical work activities include:
  • Reading a drawing and corresponding specification to compile an accurate and comprehensive list of P&H materials required for the project
  • Providing prices for all materials included in project plans and drawings
  • Identifying potential suppliers and new products
  • Contacting a range of suppliers and sub-contractors to obtain quotations and agree delivery times
  • Keeping detailed records and maintaining a well-organised work schedule
  • Assessing the reliability of sub-contractors and suppliers
  • Dealing effectively with challenges with suppliers and the flow of materials
  • Ensuring compliance with the safety, health and environment requirements of materials and services
  • Providing advice to the project estimator on the predicted cost of individual items
  • Liaising closely with the estimator at the tendering stage to ensure that an accurate project cost is provided
  • Preparing and maintaining cost reports in order to maximise efficiency within the business
  • Negotiating and agreeing the most favourable terms possible with suppliers once a contract has been secured

Flexible to travel you should be prepared to work throughout the North West and further afield if required, although regular work will be in a commutable distance.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • An aptitude for figures and the ability to manage a budget
  • Teamwork skills
  • IT skills

Personal qualities

It is helpful to be trained in an aspect of construction or building, to ensure you understand methods and processes, and how the whole job fits together.
  • An analytical mind
  • The ability to prioritise tasks and manage your time to meet deadlines
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Able to build good relationships with all kinds of people
  • Persuasive
  • Well-organised
  • Self-reliant
  • Self-motivated
  • Willing to make decisions and take responsibility for them

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE passes (or equivalent) in maths, English, and IT

There are no specific academic entry requirements to train as a buyer.

Future prospects

Buyers can progress to senior and managerial posts.

Things to consider

The wage would be tiered on accreditation level it would start on minimum wage for the successful applicants age.

Please note that the closing date for this vacancy is at the employers' discretion and is subject to change. If this vacancy has been filled we will endeavour to support you in finding alternative vacancies.
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Immediate start
  • Long term contracts and job security
  • 29 days holiday a year (including bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • Water dispenser and canteen facilities for tea or coffee

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