Senior Buyer

Let's help build your future by finding a home for your talent Our housebuilding business operates across 13 regional offices, which are currently developing around 200 sites across England. The design and construction blend tradition and innovation, creating homes and developments with contemporary living standards. Our product range includes one-bedroom apartments through to larger five-bedroom family homes. In a Nutshell: We have an exciting opportunity for Senior Buyer to join our team within Vistry Housebuilding East Midlands, at our Peterborough office. As our Senior you will be responsible for ensuring the efficient running of the materials and some sub-contract purchasing function and co-ordinate with other departments to ensure financial control of all materials and sub-contracts purchased for building operations. This must be within full compliance of the Best Practice procedures and the Company's Health, Safety & Environmental Policies. What we would like from you: Key Responsibilities - Material Purchasing Ensure all materials are delivered to sites in line with current build programmes, specification and are purchased at competitive prices in line with the company's group & regional deals where applicable. Ensure the procurement of all sites/buying phases are continually monitored against budget. Maintain an up to date library of standard house type material schedules. Produce accurate site-specific material schedules and process material orders. Monitor material order values against budget values and address large variations with the Regional Regional Buying Manager. Liaise with other regional buyers to negotiate national bulk price agreements group deals. Ensure the tender process is adhered to for all new sites/phases in line with the regions tendering/procurement policy. Negotiate regional bulk price agreements and ensure competitive quotations are obtained for materials not covered by bulk agreements. Continually monitor price agreements to ensure they always remain competitive. Continually monitor supplier performance and hold regular meetings with main suppliers. Place orders for key showhome materials before pre-start meetings if required to meet showhouse programme dates. Process site purchase orders for replacement materials and produce monthly reports detailing expenditure. Continually research new products. Ensure the invoice checking procedure is being carried out and where necessary negotiate credits. Monitor the goods received sheets and liaise with build and site managers to ensure correct completion procedures are maintained. Complete stock valuation exercised as required during the year. Continually monitor material lead times, keeping build and site managers informed, instigate forward material allocation when necessary. Manage site call-offs and carry out regular stock takes to ensure site stocks remain cost effective. Maintain general specification for the regions housing range and ensure compliance with divisional general specification. Manage all amendments to specification as and when required. Monitor plant levels and ensure it is off lined when no longer needed. Sub-Contract Purchasing Ensure some labour and all material sub-contractors are procured within the agreed programme and to within budgetary levels. Ensure the efficient running of the computerised sub-contract purchasing system. Maintain a library of standard house type sub-contract schedules. Manage estimating functions for production of accurate estimated costs for housing, roads and sewers. Produce site specific material schedules. Ensure the material database is kept up to date. Ensure material tender lists are prepared in conjunction with the build department, and to the approval of the Regional Buying Manager / Commercial Manager/ Ensure tenders are checked and comply with site specification and current trade specifications, and the tender drawings for the site include the Bovis Homes standard details. Produce reports comparing tender prices obtained, and an analysis of how they compare to the viability. Report to the Regional Buying Manager / Commercial Manager on the tender enquiry status and seek authorisation to place sub-contract orders. Ensure all material orders are processed correctly and efficiently. Ensure copies of approved material tenders lists, authorised tender enquiry summaries and cost valuation reports are kept on record. Continually monitor sub-contractor performance by liaising with build and surveying personnel. Ensure company procedures are followed with regard to the termination of any material suppliers and seek to replace with an alternative material supplier within budgetary levels. Communication and Professional Development Provide support to junior buyers and ensure the efficient running of the buying team. Ensure you keep up to date with legislation changes and attend training and technical training as when require by the Company. Attend departmental meetings as required. Deal with queries from site managers. Maintain open lines of communication with colleagues in other regions. Ensure all relevant stakeholders are informed of key departmental developments. Health Safety and Environment Ensure you have read the Company's health and safety policies and procedures observe them at all times. Reporting any accidents or near misses immediately to your Manager and record them in the accident book. Ensure your workplace is kept tidy and any hazards are eliminated or reported to your line manager. Wear appropriate protective clothing on site at all times. Attends all health and safety training as required by the Company. Competencies - HNC / ONC in Construction or similar At least 2 / 3 experience working within a residential house builder as a materials buyer Experience maybe gained from a similar position or promotion A good understanding or building regulations and legal obligations A good knowledge or construction methods and materials Strong mathematical and IT ability Ability to assess and analyse information Good business sense Good understanding of budget management Negotiating and networking skills Excellent communications skills Able to work under pressure, and accept criticism of work Good team working skills Accurate with an eye for detail Behave in line with our values Willing to work extra to meet deadlines as and when the business needs require it Desirable - Degree in Construction or similar, or, HNC / ONC in Construction or similar Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, or working towards full membership, or, Working towards being a chartered member of the Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Understanding of changes to regulations and legislation The Good Stuff: Vistry Homes is a fast paced and exciting place to work. We offer our employees multiple opportunities to learn, develop and nurture successful careers with us. Some of our key benefits include... Competitive salary and package 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and the option to buy or sell up to 5 days per annum Private Healthcare Company Contributory Pension Scheme Sharesave scheme Company car, car allowance or travel allowance (role and geographic dependant) Support with a professional membership Let's tell you a bit more about us... Vistry Group came together at the start of 2020, bringing together the energy, talent and deep-rooted experience of Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships. With a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds - we have come together to live our values of Integrity, Caring and Quality. We are all about people, and it is our people, around 3000 of us, who have created a UK top-five housebuilder, with a five-star rating. We care about the wellbeing of our people and we value diversity and inclusion, seeking to create a supportive, dynamic environment where talented and dedicated people can develop their career. Inclusion and diversity are paramount to us here at Vistry Group - we firmly believe that this culture nurtures stronger performances across the wider business. All of our applicants and employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of any protected characteristic/s. If you require assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during your application process with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us - we will always be happy to help.

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