Purchasing Assistant

Purchasing Assistant

Job Title: Purchasing Assistant
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: Very competitive salary + benefits
Start Date: 2019-06-26
Reference: J16281
Contact Name: Steve Twinley
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 27, 2019 13:16

Job Description

A new permanent role has just been created in Worthing, West Sussex for a Purchasing Assistant, to join an innovative international Pharmaceutical company. You will manage the administration function of the Procurement department (a team of 4) and will be involved in a number of routine and project-based activities to support the development, production and supply of life-changing drug products.
If you have a background in Inventory Management (MRP), some Purchasing experience gained in a regulated environment, and excellent planning, time management and administration skills, this will be an excellent opportunity to develop your career.  
This is a permanent, full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package (see below). The company environment is supportive and friendly, and hard work and commitment are appreciated, recognised and rewarded.
The Company 
The company is a pioneering, UK-owned Pharmaceutical organisation focused on the treatment and prevention of debilitating medical conditions. They develop and produce vaccinations for a wide range of common and rare conditions their products are progressing rapidly. The company employs around 270 people in Worthing and has an excellent reputation for providing career developing opportunities, challenging and engaging work and a pleasant working environment.
The Role 
You will join a busy Procurement department that supports all company activities, with close links to on-site manufacturing facilities, lab-based research & development, and various office-based functions. The company makes a range of products, in either bulk quantities or on a patient-by-patient basis; and as such the Procurement function works closely with all departments and has to be supportive, pragmatic and agile for the good of business productivity and compliance.
Your main responsibilities will include: 

  • Procure inventory in line with production requirements
  • Manage vendor rating system and communicate results to suppliers
  • Maintain good relationships with all suppliers
  • Assist in cost reduction projects to reach departmental targets
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to ensure smooth flow of material 

This is a broad, challenging role that requires good attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to multitask. Full details will be provided on application.

  • Highly competitive salary (to be discussed on application, but likely to be in the “mid to late 20s” depending on experience)
  • 25 days' holiday
  • Stakeholder pension plan
  • Life insurance, long term disability and BUPA medical plan schemes
  • Discretionary, non-contractual annual bonus
  • Commutable by car with free parking, and within walking distance of train station / bus routes
  • Child care voucher scheme

This will be an excellent opportunity for someone with a background in an Administrative role within a Procurement / Purchasing function. You will ideally have worked in a regulated manufacturing environment, but this is not essential. Pharmaceutical experience would be ideal but is not essential. You must have excellent Microsoft package knowledge (particularly Excel) and be confident in the use of an MRP / Inventory Management system. Above all else, you must be a bright, hard-working individual who enjoys being in a small team and contributes to a range of activities in a positive and supportive way.

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