Buyer and Purchasing Coordinator /

  • TBC,
  • Permanent / Full Time

This leading chemical distribution company, based in Leeds, is looking for a Buyer and Purchasing Coordinator to join their busy Purchasing Department.
Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, the core responsibility of the Buyer and Purchasing Coordinator is to run the purchasing department efficiently, negotiate with suppliers of assigned products and to ensure that products are purchased at the lowest cost, to specification and with the best delivery terms for the benefit of the company.
This chemical distribution company is part of a larger group which includes a portfolio of branded companies of chemical distribution and related chemical services of samples management, storage and blending. The organisation is a wholly owned private company, head quartered in the UK and with an international presence in: Benelux, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Nordics and Poland.
They distribute the building blocks of hundreds of everyday consumables including cosmetics, beauty products, pharmaceuticals and cleaning solutions. To their customers, they provide knowledge and support by adding opportunities and security to the entire supply chain.


  • Salary: Highly competitive (depending on experience)
  • Employment: Full time permanent position
  • Location: Head office based in Leeds City Centre
  • Flexible and home working options are available
  • Generous holiday entitlement and benefits
  • Negotiate with suppliers of assigned products
  • Ensure that products are purchased at the lowest cost and the best delivery terms
  • Order product as required from approved suppliers
  • Proactively manage slow moving stock
  • Completing purchase orders and communicating the status with other departments
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers, negotiating effectively
  • Resolve all delivery incidents, supporting the Purchasing Assistant.
  • Carry out quarterly supplier appraisals to maximise delivery and quality performance
  • Manage stock levels in line with the company stock policy and objectives
  • Ensure new suppliers are fully approved using appropriate documentation
  • Provide accurate pricing to UK and Export sales teams
  • Deal with all price discrepancies with suppliers and respond to all Accounts queries
  • Expedite orders with suppliers
  • Process all repacks and remarks as requested
  • Ensure suppliers are made aware of delivery requirements
  • Send delivery incident reports to suppliers
  • Previous experience as a Buyer or Purchasing Coordinator is essential
  • Experience of supplier development  
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills  
  • Thrives when working under pressure
  • Computer Literate including Microsoft Office packages
  • Ideally you will have knowledge of the chemicals industry
  • CIPS qualified or working towards would be of benefit
To apply for this role, please apply with an up to date CV detailing how your experience matches the requirement of the role.
Key Appointments UK Ltd will assess your suitability for the role based on the information contained in your CV and application. This includes skills, experience, education, and location.
Unfortunately, due to the high numbers of CV`s we receive, we are unable to provide specific feedback to applicants who have not been successful. You will be informed as to the outcome of your application as soon as possible if you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
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