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Assistant Buyer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Purpose of the assistant Buyer role is to manage the procurement of materials and plant in accordance with SCS Way, Standards, Policies and Procedures. Working in accordance with the Project Procurement Plan (strategy) and to carry out procurement in an ethical, transparent and fair way.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

  • Supporting the Area Snr Buyer in procurement of materials, plant and equipment to suit the needs and demand of the project and to ensure continuity of the works in accordance with the SCS procurement processes
  • Maintaining positive relationships with all stakeholders involved in the procurement process
  • Issues robust enquiries providing clarity of SCS requirements
  • Supporting the procurement team with prequalification and tender list development
  • Produce accurate and logical quotation comparisons to demonstrate best value
  • Conducts supplier meetings and negotiations where required for material or plant
  • Completion of all purchase orders, hires and off hires on E1 for material, plant and equipment, including issuing of purchase/hire orders following the requisition process.
  • Administration and maintenance of all documentation associated with the SCS procurement processes
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to resolve order/invoice queries
  • Maintain the use of Key supply frameworks
  • Complete quarterly supply chain performance reviews for material and plant suppliers
  • Work with the Lead Buyer and Supply Chain Manager to improve levels of performance of the supply chain
  • Work efficiently and professionally during periods of pressure
  • Ensure all transactional procurement activity is carried out in accordance with the SCS Sustainable Procurement Policy.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Effective communication skills and ability to work closely with internal and external customers
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Ideal candidate

  • 3-4+ years experience of material and plant buying on a major project
  • Working knowledge of Oracle E1 system or a similar procurement system for material and plant hire procurement
  • Experience of working on major civil engineering or rail projects
  • Experience of working in joint venture organisations delivering infrastructure projects

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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