Position: Buyer

Country: UK

Reporting to: Head of Purchasing

Location: Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

About the company

Tricel Gloucester  manufactures and supplies products for environmental, construction and material industries in the United Kingdom. The company offerings include wastewater treatment plants, septic tanks, pumping stations; meter boxes, road safety products, recycled access covers and chambers, custom mouldings, and GRP covers; and fibreglass raw materials.

As a highly experienced manufacturer of advanced composite products, Tricel Gloucester have a unique range of products that are employed worldwide and certified by both government bodies and utility companies alike.

Job Description

The Role

This position has responsibility for managing and evaluating the supply chain for the UK operations, reporting in to the Head of Purchasing. This is a key role within the Group Purchasing structure and will lead the development of this function within the UK. 


The Buyer will be responsible for the following areas across the UK sites:

  • Develop a full understanding of the relationship between the 4 divisions of the Tricel Group: Water, Construction, Environmental and Distribution to maximise buying efficiency.
  • Develop and manage a cohesive purchasing strategy across the UK Group in line with HQ guidelines.
  • Source, select and approve new suppliers of raw materials, products, transport and services that will enhance the performance of the group. Approvals to be conducted in compliance with accredited quality, legal, health and safety standards.  Establish commercial agreements between company and suppliers.
  • Action MRP outputs – POs, forecasts, expedite/defer reports to suppliers
  • Ongoing review, evaluation and monitoring of the existing supply chain, suppliers, parts, products and services to ensure continuous high performance and compliance to standards.
  • Establish and drive lean and continuous improvement projects with suppliers and service providers to ensure reduction in costs and stabilization of the supply chain.
  • Secure target cost down through effective negotiation, benchmarking and cost improvement ideas
  • Reduce inventory levels, lead-times, review lot sizes and delivery frequencies from Local, European and Worldwide suppliers
  • Regularly monitor and review ABC classification and product classification of inventory.
  • Regularly monitor and cleanse the data on Tricel’s ERP system to ensure the data is accurate and up to date.
  • Address quality issues and promptly resolve problems that arise with external and internal suppliers.
  • Support other departments with project work as and when required.
  • Report performance results to Senior Management for review, ensuring purchasing KPI’s are achieved.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Senior Management team.

Skills & Characteristics 

Experience Required

  • Experience of working in a Buyer position
  • Project Management Skills
  • Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of excel
  • Ability to work in pressurised environment
  • Ability to react fast to changing circumstances
  • Good understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles
  • Previous experience of working to meet quality standards and legal compliance requirements
  • Knowledge of the principles of modern supply chains (Post graduation diploma or cert)

Personal Attributes

  • Strategic-thinker
  • Problem-Solver
  • Commercially driven
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent communicator
  • Natural Influencer & Leader of people
  • Persuasive
  • Organised
  • Attention to detail.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae with an accompanying cover letter detailing your suitability for the position via e-mail to 

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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