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Jodie Jordan

Purchasing Assistant, Woodstock, up to £30,000pa depending on experience plus benefits

MARS Recruitment is proud to have exclusively partnered with world class inertial navigation experts. With two decades of experience in combining the best of high precision GNSS receivers, our clients are market leaders in their field and their products have become the industry standard for automotive testing and are widely used in many other industries.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Purchasing Assistant is responsible for monitoring and maintaining stock levels to ensure that they fit with current requirements and lead times. The Purchasing Assistant is also accountable for building relationships with suppliers, expediting updates on orders and understanding how relationships can be improved to benefit the business.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Purchasing Assistant in a similar role who wants to take their career to the next level and be part of this market leader and established business which is going on an exciting journey of continued growth.

About you: 

The successful Purchasing Assistant will have prior experience of purchasing and managing stock and will have worked in a manufacturing environment previously.

The successful Purchasing Assistant will have experience and capabilities in the below roles and responsibilities.

Supplier Management 

  • Build effective supplier relationships and support the senior purchaser to develop these further by assisting on supplier visits and attending exhibitions.
  • Work with suppliers, identifying works that can be subcontracted in terms of assemblies and box builds and notifying the senior purchase of such opportunities.
  • Proactively expedite suppliers for updates on orders, looking at overdue orders plus those that are due in within the coming week.
  • Identify and inform the senior purchaser of any supplier poor performance issues or any other supplier concerns.
  • Understand suppliers manufacturing processes and how they affect the business, as well as how they can be improved.
  • Support the senior purchaser (as directed) with negotiations with new and existing suppliers
  • Look for and identify opportunities for cost reductions on stock.

Purchasing and stock management 

  • Monitor stock levels to avoid over stocking and ensure that they tie in with current requirements, taking lead-times and the demands of our customers into consideration.
  • Monitor and support Kanban/floor stock as required.
  • Monitor end of life products and obsolescence, raising any concern.
  • Raise purchase orders on time and in line with MRP requirements, analysing data to ensure that it reflects actual, historical, current, and future requirements.
  • Keep lead times updated in line with actual lead times provided from suppliers.
  • Understand how costings affect the business and ensure that standard costings accurately reflect the actual costings.
  • Update monthly purchasing metrics and produce month-end reports to include critical parts, supplier OTIF, supplier quality and recording stock turns.
  • Ensure the quality of supplier returns, replacement and repairs.
  • Manage the Purchasing email inbox, working with other Purchasing team members to ensure emails and issues are allocated, resolved, and filed for reference
  • Monitor and update the system on a weekly basis to understand what is outstanding and taking appropriate actions.
  • Support the senior purchaser on effective operations planning.
  • Deputise for the senior purchaser during times of absence to ensure continuity of effective operations planning.


Our client is offering a salary of up to £30,000pa depending on experience. In addition, the role is eligible for a discretionary profit share bonus which will be at the absolute discretion of the company. Holiday entitlement is 27 days plus bank holidays. The holiday year runs from 1st July to 30th June.

MARS Recruitment is an equal opportunities employer and positively welcomes applications from suitably qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other protected status. Suitable candidates for the role will be contacted within 3 working days, unfortunately if you have not heard back in this time your application has been unsuccessful at this time.

MARS Recruitment is a specialist Engineering & IT recruiter working in partnership with companies across the UK and offers services of both an Employment Business (for Temporary/Contract roles) and an Employment Agency (for Permanent roles)

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