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Senior Buyer

£60,000 - £65,000
West London
Permanent

Our client are a well established and growing affordable housing contractor who due to retirement, are seeking a Senior Material Buyer to join the commercial department.

**Job Summary:**

The Senior Material Buyer is responsible for sourcing, procuring, and managing materials and equipment required for construction projects. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of construction materials, supply chain management, and vendor relationships.

**Key Responsibilities:**

* Identify, qualify, and negotiate with potential vendors for materials and equipment
* Quantification of materials through take-offs
* Specification development through value engineering
* Have a good understanding of pricing for various materials/components
* Develop and maintain a database of approved suppliers
* Issue purchase orders and track order status
* Monitor vendor performance and identify opportunities for cost savings
* Coordinate with project managers to determine material requirements
* Ensure compliance with procurement policies and procedures
* Stay informed about industry best practices and emerging technologies
* Negotiate favorable payment terms and delivery schedules
* Process invoices and manage vendor accounts
* Producing internal specification schedules for clients sign off

**Qualifications:**

* 10+ years of experience in materials procurement, preferably in the construction industry
* Strong understanding of construction materials, their properties, and industry standards
* Experience in negotiating and managing contracts
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Knowledge of procurement software and systems

**Additional Desirable Skills:**

* Experience with supplier diversity programs
* Ensure rebate schemes are in place
* Track and recover monies when due

**Work Environment:**

* Office environment with potential for travel to construction sites
* Collaboratively with a team of procurement professionals
* Occasional interaction with vendors and project managers

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