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Senior Purchasing & Logistics Buyer - KVJV

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

Job Title                

Senior Purchasing & Logistics Buyer


Central - HS2 KVJV

Reports To     

Commercial Manager


September 2021


Purpose of the Role



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


You will be required to develop and maintain a close understanding and up-to-date knowledge of material and plant hire markets, products and suppliers.


You will also be responsible for communicating between site supervisors and suppliers to ensure delivery of goods in a timely manner and within budget on each project.


Appraise suppliers, select suppliers from the approved suppliers list, issue enquiries and orders and liaise closely with various key stakeholders.


Additionally you will be expected to 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.


To be able to adapt quickly and efficiently to programme requirements.

To ensure arrangements are in place to transport rig and site equipment from site to site.


To appraise potential suppliers and expedite the quality assurance of them.

To negotiate on price ethically and appropriately.


To raise and manage orders.


To chase scheduled deliveries by liaising with suppliers.


To track on-hire reports and collection of off-hired items.


To monitor supplier performance.


To keep the transport ledger updated on a weekly basis and assist as appropriate with KPI data.


To keep hired plant location sheets updated on a weekly basis.


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


To assist by supporting the Procurement & Logistics function as required.





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


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





Actively interact within the team.


Maintain a good relationship with Plant and Accounts departments, and other Keller Purchasing departments.


Work to and actively promote “The Keller Way”; Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence and Sustainability.


Work to and actively promote FREDIE; Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.





To obtain quotes and negotiate prices for goods and services ensuring value for money.


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


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



Experience/Skills/Qualifications/Personal Attributes




To have a good commercial awareness and be organised by nature.


To be able to use own initiative.


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


Have the ability to adapt and amend work load priorities in a regularly changing environment.


Excellent IT skills – Microsoft packages including Outlook, Excel, Word.


Training will be given on EVision (Purchasing software).


Either educated to A-level standard / CIPS level 4 qualified / 3-5 years’ 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.


SAP Experience




Personal Attributes


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


The ability to be self-sufficient with supervision as required.


To possess good negotiating skills.


Have the flexibility to adapt to changing demands of the role and to be able to carry out duties not part of the normal remit on occasions.


Be friendly and have good communication skills.


To have an ability to meet deadlines and work on own initiative.


Have attention to detail.