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  • Location: West London
  • Salary: Market related per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 21 days ago


Southall, Nr Heathrow, West London

Aviation Sector

Competitive Salary

Pension employer contribution 6%, Parking on site, Life assurance 4 times salary, Perkbox after 6 months, Annual eye test, 25 days holiday plus bank

An experienced Buyer is required to undertake procurement activity.  Reporting to the Commercial Team Leader and working within a team, the successful candidate will have direct buying experience within the aerospace industry.

  • Represent the company in all purchasing matters both internally and externally.
  • Assist in all aspects of procurement and the day-to-day operation of the commercial function.
  • Source and purchase approved parts from commercial suppliers in a timely and cost-effective manner. Suppliers are global.
  • Maintain inventory and sufficient stock levels to meet agreed service levels.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Purchase goods, materials, components or services in accordance with specified technical, quality and delivery requirements.

  • Support the procurement process to ensure orders are raised accurately and on time to ensure all goods and services are supplied in accordance with customer and company requirements
  • Maintain inventory and sufficient stock levels to actively support the workshop facility to meet on time delivery targets and Work Order turnaround time targets.
  • Perform regular reviews and follow ups on all key elements of purchasing with special reference to on time delivery, overdue orders, open orders, order acknowledgements, reorder points and delivery forecasts and maintain the ERP system (Quantum) with the current status and expected delivery dates.
  • Negotiate improved terms and conditions for the business throughout the supplier base. At all times work as part of the team, act in a professional manner, and convey a positive and constructive approach
  • Build strong relationships with key OEM and preferential suppliers to encourage excellent service and favourable price and lead-time commitments, beneficial to the business.
  • Conduct requests for quotation, evaluation, negotiations and sourcing activities
  • Drive annual cost down and minimise supplier cost increases
  • Ensure compliance with government laws and regulations and company policies and processes.
  • Review performance data related to purchasing effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Provide procurement support for new repair capability, and when necessary, participate in make /buy process.
  • Assist the engineering team with the costing of spares for engineering projects.
  • Ensure full life-cycle strategy and support.

Other Responsibilities/Non-essential Functions

  • Undertake training that is identified as a requirement of the role as identified by the role Manager.
  • Undertake all other reasonable requests that are made by the role manager/acting manager or Directors.
  • At times of reduced department staff attendance there will be a need to be flexible and provide support outside of the normal tasks of the job to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • On occasion you may be required to take on ad hoc duties which includes, but is not limited to training, department associated tasks and brief secondment to other departments.

Limits of Fiscal/Management Authority

  • Sign off purchase orders in line with the financial guidelines
  • Not permitted to change Business Management/SOP processes, procedures and guidelines without formal approval but expected to make recommendations.
  • Not permitted to change terms and conditions of employees without the formal approval paperwork being completed.
  • Standard Company Responsibilities
  • Take responsibility for understanding the Standard Operating Procedures and how they are applied to the role.
  • Adhere to Health and Safety requirements at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory bodies requirements.

We are keen to talk to procurement candidates who have worked in the aviation/Aerospace sector and perhaps hold a CIPS qualification.


Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.