Job definitions

  • Job Title: Buyer
  • Function: Purchasing
  • Reports to: Purchasing Manager

Job Purpose:

To implement purchasing strategy on a day to day basis. Work on a project basis to reduce purchasing cost.



  • Small Under £3m
  • Medium £3 - 15m
  • Large £15m and over

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement supply agreements in order to provide cost and logistical benefits
  • Gather internal / market information on each area of spend
  • Analyse detailed spend / price / technical requirements and agree purchasing action
  • Demonstrate benefits of purchasing initiatives to the business
  • Guide business on best practice purchasing processes
  • On a project basis identify specific areas of cost reduction whilst maintaining a robust supply chain


Educational and professional:

  • Graduate calibre
  • Working towards membership of a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Minimum 2 years experience
  • Interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Commercial awareness – key margin drivers in business
  • Financial understanding
  • Computer skills – spreadsheets and office applications
  • Presentation skills
  • Presentation/communication skills