Purchasing Assistant- Aberdeenshire

Website Pay Rate- £14.30

Our client based in Aberdeenshire are currently looking for a Purchasing Assistant to initially start on a 6-month contract. There will be a high chance of it becoming temp to perm.


Job Description

We now have a position for a Purchasing Assistant to join the team who will report to the Lead Buyer.
You will need to be highly motivated, proactive, organised and possess a good working knowledge of Microsoft applications. Good IT and analytical skills are essential, including high numerical capabilities to ensure the delivery of our key business objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Eastern Hemisphere purchasing team with all purchasing activities.
  • Monitor and expedite late Purchase and Works Orders.
  • Liaise closely with the planning department for all items that will not meet the requirements of the Production Schedule and provide solutions as necessary.
  • Support with the resolution of invoices pending payment in a timely manner, by performing detailed analysis to identify root cause of issue prohibiting invoice payment.
  • Review Traceability Number requests and issue numbers to suppliers.
  • Review tender requests and present information to Buyers with recommended order placement.
  • Proactively monitor supplier performance and develop vendors to improve on-time delivery, product quality and reduce lead-times.
  • Assist inventory control, when required, with any queries in goods receiving.
  • Undertake vendor analysis and selection along with identifying and establish supply agreements to the benefit the organization.
  • Update procedures, work instructions and manuals as per requirements.
  • Participate in meetings and keep up to date on issues related to Purchase Order delivery, vendor performance, Metrics, capacity constraints and other related Supply Chain issues.
  • Achieve target On-time delivery and Lead-time and inventory turn levels based on manufacturing and supply chain capacity/flexibility.
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Represent the organization in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Engage in any other activities as requested by the Lead Buyer.

Skills & Experience


  • Able to understand, evaluate and apply technical information (Functional/Technical Learning)
  • Anticipates the impact of change and rises to the challenge, with the ability to accept risk and uncertainty (Dealing with ambiguity)


  • Be willing to provide colleagues with the information they need to complete their tasks and eliminate roadblocks (Informing)
  • Able to define, work within and improve business processes based on immediate and future business needs (Process Management)
  • Strong attention to detail with a good level of numeracy (Process Management)
    A talent for problem-solving and driving issues to closure.


  • Will be energised by challenges and drawn towards opportunities (Driving for results)


  • Confident and professional when representing the company in person and in writing (Written Communications & Presentation Skills)
  • Highly organised with the ability to multi-task (Organisational Agility)


  • Can be counted on to take personal responsibility in challenging situations and be willing to engage in disputes in order to settle them equitably (Conflict management)

Personal and Interpersonal

  • A strong sense of customer focus (internal/external) (Customer Focus)
  • Firm and diplomatic when negotiating (Negotiating)
  • Enjoys working in a team (Effective Teams)
  • Excellent communication skills in English.




  • CIPS Qualifications.
  • HNC in Business or Manufacturing related subject.
  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or related discipline.




  • Working knowledge manufacturing environment, inventory management, or planning environment.


  • Knowledge of Lean & Operational Excellence.
  • Working knowledge of the Oil and Gas in a relevant field.

Skills, Training or Special Knowledge


  • Proficient IT skills including MS Word, MS Excel and Other MS Office Applications.


  • Experience in presenting to cross-functional teams.
  • Knowledge of Lean & Operational Excellence.
  • Knowledge of tools, concepts and methodologies of QA.
  • Continuous Improvement Techniques.
  • ERP knowledge such as Syteline.




  • Pay Rate- £14.30
  • 6-month contract (possible temp to perm)
  • Hours: flexible start/end – Mon-Fri start 07.30-09.30, finish 16.30-18.30 & Fri start 08.00, finish 12.30 (if reached 37.5hrs/week)

To apply for this job email your details to grant.mcinroy@kbmresourcing.com.

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