Purchasing Assistant, East Sussex, £16,000 - £18,000

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Purchasing Assistant to join a growing, successful and innovative company based in East Sussex. This may lead to a full time position over time.

A specialist manufacturer and global supplier of vacuum based tubes and camera systems for photon detection. They are experts in large area and ultra-high speed imaging and advanced photon counting camera systems. 

The Purchasing Assistant has primary responsibility for progressing purchase orders. This role will also involve all other administration tasks carried out in the department.

Main Duties:


Be responsible for placing PO’s in a timely manner

Manage purchases for consumables stock and ensure replenishment orders are placed in a timely manner 

Plan appropriate quotes and purchases for standard production items to ensure parts are available to meet product on-time delivery 

Gather approvals, then raise and issue purchase orders to suppliers in good time

Maintain and develop a good working relationship with our suppliers, working with the Senior Buyer to foster continuous improvement in their performance.

Highlight poor supplier performance to the Senior Manager, Materials Manager and Quality Manager so that appropriate remedial action may be taken.

Manage the process for items being returned to suppliers due to poor quality, raising returns and new orders on Sage as appropriate.

Complete purchase order acknowledgements and work with suppliers to minimise late deliveries, looking at purchase order priorities with the Materials Manager as necessary 

Call suppliers to check on despatch dates, to clarify requirements and to provide occasional feedback on their performance.

Works orders and General Administration

Raise work orders

Pick parts for works orders and issue to production or test staff as/when required

Receive deliveries, unpack and book goods in; raise QA paperwork

Carry out stock checks

Handle customer returns

Prepare paperwork for shipping

Answer calls to the Purchasing department

Look after visitors when they first arrive at the Company.

The role is 37.5 hours per week within normal 'office' hours, from Monday to Friday.

Skills and knowledge required:


Excellent Communication skills 

Good numeracy and data entry skills, including use of computers (Excel and Word)

Excellent personal organisation and planning skills

Good telephone manner

Ability to manage work load during the day on varied activities

Ability to work productively, efficiently and effectively with initiative and drive under tight timescales whilst maintaining high attention to detail and quality

Willingness to learn, improve and adapt


Maths and English at ‘O’ level or GCSE level grade C or better

Use and understanding of MPS/MRP systems (preferably Sage)

Previous experience in a manufacturing company

Sage Manufacturing (especially Sage 200) software

Experience of Sage or other purchasing software systems

Purchasing, planning, negotiation qualifications

Experience in a purchasing/buying department

Previous experience of carrying out general administrative duties.

In-house training will be provided

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