Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 26-Apr-23

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 8UQ

Salary: Not specified


Job Title: Buyer

Location: Basingstoke

Business area: Kier Construction, Mechanical and Electrical

Contract: Permanent, full time with agile and part-time working available

At Kier we believe that – wherever we can, whether office or site-based – we should embrace an agile/flexible approach to working. We are proud to offer our employees the opportunity, where we can, to do this. With full flexibility available with this opportunity, as long as you can attend an office or site visit where needed, this position can be carried from any location.


You can expect a competitive salary and an outstanding package that includes a company car or allowance, private healthcare, a matched pension scheme up to 7.5%, 26 days’ annual leave + bank holidays (with the opportunity to buy or sell holiday) together with two employee Share Scheme options (Sharesave and Share Incentive Plan). To find out more about the rewards and benefits at Kier, .

KME are an internal MEP self-delivery business within the Kier group, supporting the internal regional businesses across the UK and the Strategic Projects business on complex and challenging projects that range from £5m to £80m. The business has a full design, construct and commissioning capability. The business has been operating for over 50 years with a track record for delivering on developing staff, repeat business and successful projects.

Kier Mechanical & Electrical (KME) has an exciting opportunity for an individual to join its highly successful delivery team. The added benefit of being part of Kier is that we are at the forefront of Technology, using Modern Methods of Construction (MMoC), while setting Social and Sustainable standards. A company that truly makes safety, wellbeing, environmental and social responsibilities the heart of how we operate.

Key Responsibilities

Within the role, you will manage the Procurement resources (people and finance) of the assigned projects to maximise planned gross margin through the placement and control of material orders. To assess, review and mitigate commercial and programme risks. Implement Kier Group’s policies for risk management. To check the quality of the requisitions being issued for progression to a purchase order and advise on best practices/company procedures where required. Making sure suppliers’ invoices are paid within the agreed payment terms.

You will have overview & ownership of all things that are Procurement and Supply Chain management activities across KME and work collaboratively with the project management team and Kier construction colleagues to deliver in accordance with Group, Business Stream and Business Unit standards the successful delivery of the project as defined within the project roles and responsibilities.

What do we need from you?

Understand and use as appropriate the use of total cost of ownership
Knowledge and understanding of common Procurement models
Possess strong commercial negotiation skills and experience of managing and leading a team to achieve multiple objectives
Able to procure high risk packages and experience of managing and leading a team to procure high risk packages with no supervision.
Excellent organisational and administration skills. Ability to organise and plan effectively in a demanding environment.
Good interpersonal & communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of the business and with external clients.

Kier is committed to creating supportive and inclusive opportunities for all our applicants and employees. We appreciate applicants from all backgrounds and we specifically encourage those from underrepresented communities to apply. Take a look to learn more about our commitments to diversity and inclusion. If you require any reasonable adjustments during any part of the application process, please let us know so we can discuss and arrange these by emailing .

Closing Date: 27th April 2023

Please note, interviews may take place before the closing date, and we reserve the right to close applications early.

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