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Assistant Buyer


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This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

The role of the Assistant Buyer is to negotiate and procure all materials, superstructure sub-contractors and plant to ensure that the business unit output programme is carried out professionally and within budget, ensuring adequate resources are on site to build the product in accordance with the planned programme.

This role will need to monitor and evaluate supplier performance and take any appropriate action. Benchmarking tenders to ensure that market value is being achieved whilst maintaining budgets on a monthly basis, alongside the QS.

What you will do:

  • Liaise with the Sales and Design and Planning Departments with regard to specification on a site-by-site basis, advise on cost and availability of materials and products and produce specifications.
  • Liaise with Production Management in respect of the programming and delivery of material supplies and superstructure sub-contractor orders.

Scheduling and quantifying materials and labour

  • Prepare and/or check material schedules from house type drawings and liaise with site management on any later amendments and revisions.
  • Negotiate and place orders for materials/suppliers and superstructure sub-contractor on a competitive tender basis.
  • Negotiate and place orders for hiring any plant e.g. forklifts, generators etc. and maintain the monthly plant accrual report.
  • Ensure all specifications and programmes are complied with and that quality is not compromised.
  • Monitor invoicing procedures and resolve any issues in conjunction with the Finance Department.
  • Work with all suppliers and superstructure sub-contractor orders to negotiate best deals where appropriate and work with other departments to improve cost effectiveness.

Supplier Management

  • Assist in the evaluation of supply markets and suppliers on a regional and national basis.
  • Ensure terms of supplier agreements are fully met in respect of delivery, quality and price.
  • Oversee site stock on a regular basis.
  • Monitor material quality and the performance of suppliers in conjunction with site based staff.
  • Assist in providing feedback to suppliers outlining where an unacceptable standard of materials or performance has been
  • identified.
  • Assist in the management and communication of National Agreements to the Business Unit including the collection of
  • rebate claims.


  • Negotiate with suppliers and superstructure sub-contractor to achieve the best possible commercial outcome.
  • Assist in seeking ways to take cost out of the Business (Value Engineering).
  • Assist in the processing of invoice queries and customer option order payments.
  • Contribute to the Budget process with up to date pricing and forecast information.
  • Set up and maintain Bills of Quantities, Material Schedules and use COINS orders.
  • Liaise with Housing Associations to agree Specifications on a site by site basis.


  • Develop awareness of continuing product development in light of changes in legislation i.e. building regulations, etc.
  • Attend PMIP meetings, specification and any other relevant meeting as required under the Company’s Operating
  • Framework & Commercial Manual.
  • Undertake regular site visits to support the production team.
  • Any other duties as required by the Line Managers.

What you will have:

  • Application of Best Practice Procurement Tools and Techniques.
  • Awareness of Building Regulations, NHBC requirements and Health & Safety Legislation.
  • IT literate – including Microsoft Office and web based applications.
  • Experience in the procurement and purchase of materials, sub-contractor and plant is preferred.
  • Some experience in design packages would be beneficial.

Individuals seeking employments at Taylor Wimpey should know that we foster a culture of inclusion and value diversity positively which creates a better workplace and delivers stronger outcomes. We commit to treating all our job applicants and employees fairly and with respect, irrespective of background, disability or any other protected characteristic. If you require any assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What we will offer you:

Taylor Wimpey is a FTSE 100 business and one of the largest residential developers in the UK, building new homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales. We are passionate about building new homes and communities with a focus on sustainability.

Our people are important to us and we want to make sure that we reward and recognise all the great work that they do. Our employees enjoy many standard benefits including access to the Taylor Wimpey House purchase discount scheme, pension (including company contributions), quality health cover, share save schemes as well as many flexible benefits such as buying additional holiday days, retails discounts, free Bupa health assessments and so much more. Our benefits work perfectly with our culture where you feel valued as a member of a successful team.

We offer industry leading subsidised professional training and development, which support our employees to excel and fulfil their career and personal goals in a variety of opportunities and environments. This in turn drives a strong succession of high performing customer centric leaders, really putting customers at the heart of everything we do. We embrace diversity and look to develop our people in the skills and areas they are most interested in, leveraging the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies, skills and experiences that each person brings to the company.

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

The benefits we offer
Agile Working
House purchase discounts
Competitive Pension
Employee share ownership
Time off for charity work
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Disability Confident

As a proud Disability Confident Employer, Taylor Wimpey is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We actively collaborate with individuals who have disabilities and long-term health conditions which have an effect on their ability to do normal daily activities, ensuring that barriers are eliminated when it comes to employment opportunities. In line with our commitment, we guarantee an interview to applicants who declare to us during the application process that they have a disability and meet the minimum requirements for the role. Join us in building a truly diverse and empowered team.

To all employment agencies

Taylor Wimpey (our/us/we) does not accept unsolicited candidate details, CVs, resumes, applications or any other speculative approaches (Resumes) from employment agencies, executive search firms, recruitment agencies and other staffing agencies unless that agency is specifically appointed by us via an executed service contract for a particular job opening. Please do not forward unsolicited Resumes in response to this advert to any of our employees or any of our regional business offices, including our head office, sales centres and sites. We are not liable for any fees related to unsolicited Resumes. Please refer to our employment agency statement here - Employment Agency Statement ‧ Taylor Wimpey

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