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Purchase and Logistics Buyer - KVJV

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

Job Description

Job Title                

Purchase and Logistics Buyer



Reports To

Commercial Manager


30 September 2021


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.


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




Supporting the procurement and operations teams with tendering, market analysis, supplier selection, risk and opportunity assessments, forecasting requirements.


Support the development of procurement plans and packaging strategies


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 scheduled deliveries by liaising with suppliers.


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


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


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





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 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.


Knowledge of effective negotiation skills with both internal and external customers


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.


Educated to degree level, or equivalent.


Willing to study towards CIPS Qualifications, as necessary.


Previous experience using SAP.



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.