Technical Buyer / Procurement Manager / Purchasing Officer

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
26 Jul 2018
23 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Technical Buyer

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon (OX14)

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

The Company aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies - spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors. The company was originally established in 2009 to design and develop small Spherical Tokamaks and compact fusion reactors for a range of applications. Since then, the strategy has evolved to prioritise building a pilot plant to exceed fusion energy breakeven.

The Role:

They are currently looking for a Buyer to deal with purchasing and supplier management to ensure that quality, delivery & costs are achieved. The role requires the role holder to source new suppliers and manage the continuity of supply of materials.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Determining, communicating and delivering purchasing requirements within timescales
  • Securing suitable suppliers in terms of quality, deliverability and value
  • Work with suppliers to ensure quality standards are maintained, resulting in minimising internal quality inspection
  • Obtain competitive quotations with favourable terms
  • Manage the supplier database reviewing preferred and nominated suppliers and ad-hoc purchases
  • Liaise with the accounts department regarding supplier invoice queries to ensure the purchase to pay process is clear to eliminate invoice processing delays.
  • Attending project meetings
  • Produce reports such as supplier KPI trackers and supplier delivery performance
  • Act as point of contact for all delivery related communications.
  • Confirm all material deliveries are achieved
  • Be responsible for delivery file management and document control
  • Review purchase costs ensuring volume discounts, where appropriate
  • Regularly meet with key suppliers
  • Work on ad-hoc procurement projects as required

The Candidate:

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • High level of attention to detail and well organised
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise workload
  • Proactive, methodical, practical and persistent
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Works well as a team
  • Microsoft Office suite proficient


  • CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply - Level 4 would be desirable

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience of working in a purchasing role in an engineering environment is advantageous but not essential


  • 25 Days Holiday, pro rata (plus bank holidays)
  • Company Pension scheme: Company contribution of 5% of salary after 3 months' service
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after one years' service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months' service
  • Childcare voucher scheme

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