Senior Buyer

Specific Location
Barratt Homes - Manchester


Hours of Work
9:00 to 17:30pm

Barratt Homes

Contract Type

Closing Date
07 February 2019

Senior Buyer

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.

To manage an efficient materials purchasing process on multiple Sites.

Responsible to: Commercial Manager




  •  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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  •  Raise Office and Sales and Marketing Orders.


Personal Characteristics/Qualifications and Skills

  •  Qualified to NVQ Level 4 or higher with 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, 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.



  • Competitive base salary
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Company car or allowance
  • 25 days holiday
  • Money purchase pension scheme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Choice of flexible benefits
Apply now