Associate Buyer

Location: Horwich, Bolton

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join our Procurement Department working within the hugely successful Clinical Trials division of a global medical equipment supplier. This role is an exciting opportunity and will involve sourcing a variety of products and suppliers from around the World to accelerate the further expansion of our global presence.

About the role

You will play a key role in procurement, sourcing and supplier development.  You will execute procurement processes to provide our customers with the highest possible levels of service whilst minimising the risk to the business

You will work closely with the Head of Procurement to shape current projects and future developments. This includes investigating and evaluating new opportunities and partnerships to improving efficiencies, reduce costs, provide analytics for strategic planning and opportunity prioritisation.

Key responsibilities

  • Negotiation and placement of purchase orders for repeat items, ensuring goods are delivered on time and to specification.
  • Provide support to the business in delivering quality quotations to customers in a timely manner.
  • Proactively find alternative suppliers, tracking savings and/or rationale.
  • Meet or exceed all supply chain initiatives: cost reductions, payment terms, ethics, integrity, and reliability for long- term benefit via supplier reviews
  • Communicate and educate internal stakeholders on new suppliers or products
  • Develop and maintain Key Performance Indicators.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned

About you

We are looking for people who bring a positive/can do attitude with a high level of energy and a passion for procurement in the healthcare industry. The ideal candidate will be a motivated and dedicated team player who is willing to accept responsibility and is eager to develop.

You will have a proven track record in a similar role, be computer literate, analytically focused, and commercially orientated. You will have an eye for detail and be meticulous when it comes to sourcing products by specification.

It is essential that you have the capacity to work with colleagues at all levels, can work as part of a team, and whilst maintaining the ability to work on your own initiative. 

Key skllls

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Able to present relevant written and verbal information in a concise format
  • Able to converse with all levels of staff from within the organisation
  • Strong people skills, able to persuade, negotiate and influence.
  • Highly organised, ability to prioritise and to meet deadlines
  • MS Excel user with knowledge of business systems
  • Exposure to category management is desirable


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Working towards or prepared to complete CIPS qualification
  • Full training will be provided at our Horwich head office for the successful candidate.  In addition to a competitive salary, we offer the following benefits
  • 22 days annual leave, increases to 25 after 5 years of service
  • free onsite parking
  • eye care vouchers
  • company sick pay
  • paid medical appointments
  • workplace pension
  • company social events
  • general office dress / smart casual
  • employee discount scheme
  • length of service recognition

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