Specific Location
Chelmsford, Essex

Eastern Counties

Hours of Work
40 hours per week

Barratt David Wilson

Contract Type
Full-time fixed term

Closing Date
31 December 2018


The Commercial team deals with everything to do with cost-effective building, including quantity surveying, estimating, procurement and material buying.

With a watching brief on choice of material, cost, customer satisfaction and sales, and other critical issues, our Commercial team – which comprises Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers - has one objective: to deliver best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our continued viability as a business and presents a fast-moving challenge that will exercise your creativity and commercial flair to the full.

Summary of the Role:

To manage an efficient materials purchasing process on up to two Sites.


What will I be responsible for:

  • Preparation of all procurement duties and exercises.
  • Be aware of new materials to the market which would assist the business.
  • Schedule and place material and plant orders with Group National Suppliers where appropriate or general suppliers, optimising cost and quality.
  • Attend internal pre-start meetings and Team Meetings as required.
  • Check Architects/Engineers drawings for discrepancies and compliance with the required material specification. Thereafter resolving any queries with the relevant consultants/ Technical Department.
  • Ensure correct specifications are being used.
  • Produce material cost schedules and budgets with cost codes for new sites and as required, and to review material cost codes to ensure budgets are not exceeded.
  • Produce schedules for material enquiries, sending to suppliers for costing and assessing quotations and supplier’s schedules to ensure they are correct, prior to placing the respective orders.
  • Project and report material cost increases as they arise.
  • Provide site material accruals on a monthly basis.
  • Compile quarterly material valuations for presentation to the Surveyor to be incorporated in the respective valuation meetings.
  • Resolve invoice queries with the Accounts Department.
  • Carry out material on site checks and produce reports as required.
  • Attend site weekly to ensure there are no problems with supplies/materials.
  • Raising Office and Sales and Marketing Orders.


Personal characteristics/qualifications and skills:

  • Qualified to NVQ Level 4 or higher.
  • Must carry a valid CSCS card.
  • Numerate with attention to detail, able to gather, interpret and present data to facilitate preparation of budgets.
  • Methodical, conscientious and organised.
  • Works to deliver high standards.
  • Strong IT skills, including working knowledge of computer systems within the commercial environment.
  • Able to work on own initiative.
  • Good communication skills, and the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Professional and pleasant manner in dealing with internal and external customers.
  • Excellent telephone skills.


What about the benefits package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Benefits
  • 25 days holiday
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