Purchasing Assistant - Part Time

Location: Head Office - Southampton

Contract Type: Part time

Salary: £22,000 pro rota

Specific Hours: Wednesday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Purchasing Assistant - Part Time

We are currently looking for a Part Time Purchasing Assistant to join the Ultimate Healthcare team based at our Head Office. This role is a fast paced and exciting opportunity within our Procurement function where you will support the administration of general procurement activities as well as undertaking routine purchasing tasks.

This role will require you to manage the purchasing of components and products to facilitate deliveries to the special order requests from the NHS Trusts Wheelchair and Community Equipment contracts and independent customers. The products are bespoke and manufactured as required to fulfill individual service users’ needs and require the equipment to be procured OTIF whilst ensuring the best possible value for the NHS. 

This role will require you to be a proactive team player, challenge the status quo and actively propose new ideas on how we can make things better and always put the customer first. 

  • Purchase order creation and submission to suppliers
  • Prioritising orders in line with contract budgets and managing the process throughout
  • Expediting and modifying delivery dates within internal systems for overdue purchase orders
  • Obtaining supplier quotations, identifying those that offer the best price or sourcing the best value alternatives for the NHS Trusts
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders with regards any queries and resolutions, orders and product inquiries
  • Troubleshooting invoice and pricing discrepancies for materials and services, working collaboratively with the Accounts department
  • Managing supplier returns and ensuring associated supplier credits are processed
  • General procurement administration as required

 What are we looking for?

  • Previous purchasing/buying experience within a similar role is preferred, however this position would also suit a graduate looking to gain experience in this field.
  • Competent IT user and a good level of MS Office Excel skills, in particular v-lookups and pivots would be beneficial
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels across the business
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a wider team
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and to deadlines
  • Able to solve problems using own initiative
  • Working toward CIPS or similar qualification would be advantageous

 What can we offer you?

  • £22,000 pro rota
  • Wednesday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30 (24 hours)
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) plus optional 5 days unpaid pro rota
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Staff benefit scheme – 200+ exclusive perks and discounts for leading retailers and leisure outlets

Our ambition at Millbrook Healthcare is to become the leading provider in the assisted living sector whilst ensuring our core company values ‘CARES’ remain unchanged. We are always looking to recruit hard working and talented individuals to become a part of our ongoing growth and success. You’ll enjoy all the support and encouragement you need to reach your own potential and develop a rewarding career along the way.

Care and respect for our colleagues and service users

Accountable and proud

Ready to learn and grow

Enhance our service users’ lives

Socially responsible, ethical and transparent

No terminology in the advert you have seen is intended to discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we will gladly accept applications from all sections of the community.

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