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Join the team as an Estimator/Buyer


  • Full Time
  • Sandwich, Kent


Department: Operations
Reporting to: Supply Chain Manager

The Estimator/Buyer will assist the Supply Chain Manager to purchase all materials to the company’s business requirements by collating and analysing order requirements and supplier information. To create costings based on sales requirements for the sale team and provide administrative support to the operations team. The Operations Department is responsible for purchasing all materials used in the course of the business.


  • Due to the nature of the work all candidates must be eligible to obtain security clearance to SC level

Company Benefits

  • 9 day fortnight (every other Friday is a non-working day)
  • Competitive salary, company profit share scheme, stakeholder pension and death in service scheme
  • Rewards and recognition scheme
  • Communicating with suppliers and internal customers to obtain quotations with suitable breakdown of costs
  • Raising of Purchase Orders (POs), and Purchase Requisitions (PRs)
  • Generating RFIs and RFQs including cost breakdown format
  • Creating manufacturing estimates for sales and engineering teams
  • Liaising with engineering department on supplier selection
  • Liaising with quality department on vendor performance
  • Resolving invoice queries
  • Liaising with new suppliers to obtain information relating to price, delivery and capability
  • Preparing Purchasing Reports
  • Analysing quotations and preparing comparative analysis
  • Providing data to enable accurate and regular supplier performance monitoring
  • Order progression
  • Import clearance
  • Any other tasks as necessary in support of the business


  • Minimum A-C grade GCSEs in Maths, English and a Science subject


  • Experience within an Engineering Procurement environment
  • Experience of operating in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment


  • Knowledge of, or exposure to, engineering terminology and methodology
  • Knowledge of, or exposure to, multiple process operations
  • Knowledge of working with MRP generated PO’s as well as stand-alone requisitions


  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Motivated
  • Accountable
  • Integrity
  • Team focused
  • Customer / quality focused
  • Outcome / solution focused
  • Flexible
  • Effective at dealing with complex issues containing numerous variables
  • Must possess a polite and confident phone manner with the ability to be assertive when required
  • Good organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Effective communicator both written and orally
  • Excellent negotiating skills are required
  • Must possess sound Commercial awareness

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