Trainee Buyer

  • Location
    Edenbridge, Kent
  • Category
    Admin. Secretarial and PA - Administrator
  • Contract Type
  • Salary
    £ 20000 - £ 25000 / Year
  • OrganizationType

Trainee Buyer


£25,000 - £26,000 per annum + Free parking + 24 days Holiday allowance + Bank Holidays, Private Healthcare, Xmas Business Close, Parking, Career Development, salary review at 6/12 months, discretionary annual / profit bonus.

09:00am - 17:30pm Monday - Thursday / 09:00am - 17:00pm Friday. Office Based. 1 day hybrid following Probation.

This award winning business is seeking a capable individual to work closely with the Senior Buyer and Purchasing Director to assist customers with the development and sourcing of new products, whilst also dealing with the sourcing and purchasing of a number of key items to ensure the smooth operation of their own factory.

You will be mentored, trained and work with the in house team and help them in developing new opportunities, and also to work closely with the purchasing team to ensure both the client's, and the company's own production needs are met.

Who are we looking for?

The role requires a self-motivated, organised and focused individual with good attention to detail and numerate who can work on their own initiative whilst also being able to form part of a small team.


  • To collect and organise UK and International post coming into and going out of the department.

  • Fielding telephone calls from other parts of the group and suppliers

  • Processing enquiries, providing quotations and booking orders that come into the department from the Sales Team, other parts of the group and direct from some customers.

  • Checking and signing off supplier invoices and passing these to the Accounts Department for payment, as well as liaising with the Accounts team regarding any invoicing queries.

  • The setting up of new product codes, customers, suppliers and products on the Sage Accounts package

  • Booking new orders onto the company's systems and then managing stock, including liaising with warehouses and supplier base to ensure deliveries reach us and our customers on time.

  • Handling new enquiries on all forms of packaging from the sales team and working with the purchasing team to ensure quotes are provided in a timely fashion.

  • Raising purchase orders for approval, forwarding these to suppliers and then following these through with suppliers until goods are receipted

  • Managing and maintaining the critical path of projects to ensure timely delivery of orders.

  • Cost comparison and sourcing of products / suppliers nationwide and internationally.

  • Liaising directly with factories, suppliers and communicating with shipping agents.

  • Working with the senior buyer to negotiate cost prices with suppliers to achieve required margins.

  • Working alongside the marketing team to ensure products are featured on the website and promoted effectively.

  • Samples and sample room management.

Preferably you will have some relevant experience in a retail/wholesale/manufacturing environment or even some purchasing experience perhaps although this is not essential as full training will be given within this busy career developing role.

The desire to learn and develop and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook as a minimum), have a good level of communication both verbally and in writing, have good numeracy skills, with any Sage knowledge being advantageous and a great attitude with work.

Why work for this company?

  • You will focus on UK suppliers in your first year and progress to international suppliers in year two

  • You will liaise with different teams and external contacts, enhancing your communication skills

  • Your training will come from the very best talent in the manufacturing sector

  • As an employee owned business you will benefit from secure employment and future bonuses

  • The office is great; modern, bright and very friendly - the team are industry leaders

  • Clients include British Airways, M&S and Nestle to name a few!

How do I apply?

If you have what it takes and want to work for an excellent employer with a longstanding team, please get apply online today or email your CV directly to to apply.

Interviews taking place Now, please apply today!

This role is being managed by Debbie Foster - Office Angels - Tunbridge Wells - 01892 614242

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