9 July 2021
Keller are recruiting for a Buyer to join the Foundations division at our Ryton on Dunsmore office.

Keller is the UK's leader in geotechnical solutions. Most of our clients contract with us on small jobs, and delivering these on time, to high quality, every time is what builds our reputation and makes us the contractor of choice locally.


Purchasing and Logistics Buyer


Foundations Piling

Reports To

Purchasing and Logistics Manager

Purpose of the Role

To provide a full time, professional, effective and efficient procurement service to the Purchasing and Logistics function.

Required to develop and maintain a close understanding and up to date knowledge of material and plant hire markets, products and suppliers.

Responsible for communicating between Site Supervisors and suppliers to ensure delivery of goods is in a timely manner and within budget.

Appraise and select suppliers from the approved suppliers list.

Progress the delivery of orders resolving any discrepancies with suppliers and to manage invoice queries as appropriate whilst maintaining and adhering to internal procedures.

Key Roles and Responsibilities


To follow the Contracts Programme and ensure timely provision of specified equipment and supplies for projects.

Be able to adapt quickly and efficiently to programme requirements.

Ensure arrangements are in place to transport rig and site equipment between sites.

Appraise potential suppliers and expedite the quality assurance of them.

Negotiate on price ethically and appropriately.

Raise and manage orders.

Chase schedule deliveries by liaising with suppliers.

Track on-hire reports and collection of off-hired items.

Monitor supplier performance.

Use supplier portals for booking deliveries, logging NRMM information and tracking orders.

Manage the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) portal and oversee supplies to all branches.

Ensure certification of hired plant is up to date, appropriately archived and renewed ahead of expiry dates.

Assist by supporting the Procurement and Logistics function as required.


Provide service and support to contract teams in meeting the needs of the contracts.

Provide support to Estimators with acquiring quotes and offering supplier and material recommendations.


Work to and actively promote “The Keller Way”.

Comply with, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in accordance with Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE) principles.

Actively interact with other Keller branches and departments.

Maintain a good relationship with UK Plant and Accounts departments, as well as other Purchasing and Logistics departments within Keller.


Obtain quotes and negotiate prices for good and services ensuring value for money.

Ensure delivery of goods and service within budget on each project.

Check and manage invoices where appropriate whilst maintaining and adhering to internal procedures.

Experience/Skills/Qualifications/Personal Attributes


Have a good commercial awareness and be organised by nature.

Able to use own initiative.

To be confident, and have excellent, assured communication skills both verbally and written.

An ability to adapt and amend workload priorities in a regularly changing environment.

Excellent IT skills and proficient in the use of Microsoft products such as Outlook, Excel, Word etc.

Either educated to A-Level standard, CIPS Level 4 Qualified, or proven experience in a purchasing environment.


Previous experience in a construction purchasing environment or exposure to the construction industry.

Numerical accuracy and good oral communication is very important.

Educated to degree level, or equivalent.

Willing to study towards CIPS Qualifications, as necessary.

Personal Attributes

To be a natural team worker, have a positive and friendly attitude, be well organised and work efficiently.

Able to work self-sufficiently with supervision as required.

Possess good negotiating skills.

Flexible and able to adapt to changing demands of the role, and able to carry out duties not part of the normal remit on occasion.

Friendly and have good communication skills.

To have an ability to work on own initiative.

High level of attention to detail.



All applications received are checked on a daily basis. However, due to the high level of applications, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. We thank you for your interest in Keller. Please continue to visit our website at for further information regarding any job opportunities.

Equal Opportunities

Keller is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, free from discrimination and harassment.

All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, are based on merit and business needs. Keller does not discriminate in employment based on age, disability, sex (including gender identity), race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy & maternity, or any other non-merit factors.

Disability Confident

Keller is a Disability Confident employer. Applicants who have declared a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted. For further information regarding the Disability Confident scheme email or visit


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