Vacancy Category: 
Line Manager: 
Head Buyer
Vacancy Code: 
CELF (Perivale)
Closing Date: 
19th Aug '22

Job summary

Reporting directly to the Head Buyer or in his absence the Head of Contracts & Purchasing the Buyer is responsible for providing purchasing and material support to the business. This involves all aspects of supply required to facilitate the smooth day to day running of the organisation. 

Main Responsibilities




  • Reporting to the Head Buyer on all purchasing related and day to day issues.
  • Processing requisitions
  • Raising purchase orders, authorising engineering work on behalf of engineering managers
  • Supporting the engineering staff on parts issues including part numbers and changes;
  • Rectifying invoice queries and overcharge issues prior to submission to the finance department;
  • Providing data and analysis as require
  • Identifying new sources of supply
  • Progressing and expediting orders with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery
  • As required working with other companies within the group to assist on procurement and contract projects
  • Working with external suppliers to achieve at all times best price and quality;
  • Working in a safe manner in accordance with Metroline Health & Safety directives;

The duties listed above are not exhaustive.

Essential Criteria for application

  • Demonstrable experience within a fast paced purchasing environment (essential);
  • A strong working knowledge of procurement and best practice (essential);
  • Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint (essential);
  • CIPS qualified (or working towards) (desirable).

Competencies & Skills

  • Excellent written and spoken English with the ability to communicate clearly and at all levels;
  • Excellent attention for detail;
  • Ability to operate as a team player;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • Must be proactive, methodical and results orientated;
  • Ability to manage own workload effectively and work to strict deadlines;
  • Process driven and able to deliver results in a high volume;
  • Ability to use initiative and identify solutions when a problem or difficult situation arises;
  • Discrete when managing confidential matters;
  • Able to build lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders/suppliers;
  • Ability to use initiative and identify solutions when a problem or difficult situation arises;


Hours of work

38 hours per week, Monday to Friday

The Equality Act

Metroline is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with due regard to legal obligations for protected characteristics i.e. age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.



How to apply

Please email a covering letter of application and CV to Jenny Watson, Human Resources Advisor, [email protected]


Applications should include:

  • the reasons you are applying for the post;
  • why you believe you are a suitable candidate;
  • provide examples of how you meet the competencies & skills;
  • any relevant qualifications or experience.