Procurement Assistant

19 September 20222022-09-19
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Procurement Assistant


£27,000 to £35,000

Recruit12 Construction has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Procurement Assistant to join a specialist construction main contractor.

As a Procurement Assistant you will join the operations team reporting to the Procurement Manager and working in the Pre-Construction Department, you will be supporting and assisting the Procurement Manager who has responsibility and accountability for the Supply Chain, Procurement & Purchasing Function.


The role will support in the development of high-impact procurement strategies that match our ambitious growth plans through assisting in finding and evaluating suppliers, products, materials, and services, negotiating prices/rates and contracts, and negotiating the most cost-efficient deals without compromising on quality.


Top three goals

  1. Ensuring effective planned procurement through use of existing and developing methods/processes.
  2. Ensuring ad-hoc procurement requests are dealt with in an efficient manner to ensure on time and on budget delivery of projects.
  3. Maintaining supplier database to streamline procurement process for future projects.


Key Performance Indicators

  • Monitor costs and gross profit margins across projects
  • Tracking procurement schedule progress
  • Assess client satisfaction
  • Compare procurement performance across projects


As a Procurement Assistant your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Supporting in the daily procurement of services, materials, labour, and equipment, as well as third-party subcontractors and suppliers as needed
  • Supporting Procurement with Purchasing and Stock Control activities across the business
  • Monitoring and actioning requisitions from site teams to ensure sequence of works/programmes are maintained
  • Assisting in collaborating with other construction project stakeholders as required
  • Assisting in identifying potential supplier sources, potential vendors and negotiating favourable strategic supplier agreements
  • Assisting in sourcing suppliers and developing relationships to negotiate and buy goods, materials, and services to implement Company strategy and meet operational requirements. This includes support in supplier selection, tendering and cost estimating
  • Assisting in co-ordinating with the Sales Team on new and upcoming projects so that they are scheduled well in advance to optimise best procurement practice
  • Reporting any concerns that might negatively impact projected cost and time estimates
  • Look for and suggest any improvements in the Procurement activities thus embracing the opportunity of contributing to the ongoing innovation of the procurement processes
  • Your duties may vary from time to time within the broad remit of your role and grade. You are required to undertake any such reasonable and appropriate duties

To be successful as a Procurement Assistant, you must have:

  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience in construction for a Contractor and/or project management for a contractor
  • Proven experience dealing with suppliers
  • A proven track record of supporting negotiations and securing the very best deals
  • Experience of building strong relationships with clients and external contacts to encourage future working
  • Proven awareness and experience of what is happening in the industry, actively looking for new opportunities to win new work – attending networking or corporate events as appropriate
  • Proven track record of being influential in the continuous improvement of the procurement department.
  • Clear evidence of the ability to research, interpret and summarise complex information in a way that is relevant and easily understood both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
  • Proven experience working to and achieving tight deadlines in high pressure situations
  • Understanding of construction methods and technology
  • Experience using supply chain management software and tools
  • Successful experience working in a project management environment
  • A flair for analysis, troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Good accurate record keeper
  • Good IT skills; including familiarity with a range of applications
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Well-developed organisational and project management skills
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Excellent time management
  • Be good a communicator with people at all levels of the organisation
  • Exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Exceptional listening and questioning skills
  • Analytical and logical problem-solving skills, with the ability to think outside the box.
  • Innate commercial acumen.


Recruit12 is a recruitment specialist working within the Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, and World-Class manufacturing sectors.

Important: Please note Recruit12 is only able to place into employment candidates that have a valid EU passport, a European Economic Area (EEA) passport or a valid UK visa.