Purchasing Assistant (Construction/Engineering experience)

Job Ref: DD44

Industry Sector: Finance & Accountancy

Location: Dublin West/North

Type: Permanent

Salary: 30-32k + Package

Contact: Contact Us

Job Description

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Do you want to be part of a fantastic team within the construction industry? Our client is looking for a purchasing Assistant to join their growing team.


Summary of Role

Taking full responsibility for the purchase / hire of all plant and materials for all projects and ensure price and quality requirements are managed equally. Put in place and manage all the internal processes to ensure procurement works effectively by liaising with Operations and Finance Departments.



  • Materials Procurement
  • Plant Hire & Purchase
  • Safety Health & Environmental
  • Other ad hoc duties and reporting.


Materials Procurement

  • Prime responsibility for the purchase of all materials.
  • Set in place and ensure compliance with Materials Requisitions for Site Project Managers
  • Ensure prompt placing of orders with Suppliers & ensure Project Managers & QS are kept up to date on delivery
  • Where invoices are in query, please contact supplier directly for credit note and advise Accounts that invoice cannot be paid
  • Set up Credit Agreements with suppliers in line with Accounts Payment terms
  • Put in place rebate terms with large suppliers. Keep schedule of all rebate schemes in place and ensure year end credit notes are issued.
  • Storing all emailed purchase orders in the project file so that costs and specific agreements with suppliers can easily be cross referenced when signing invoices for payment.

Plant Hire & Purchase

  • Purchase or hire Plant as appropriate
  • Ensure all processes outlined in Materials Procurement Policy are adhered to by all
  • Order plant hire as requested by Project Managers ensure clear on-hire & off-hire dates agreed
  • Keep up to date hired plant database & cross check all invoices against it.
  • Issue plant hire database to Operations & Commercial team & highlight any items that remain on hire after initial off-hire date
  • Make commercial decision with regards purchasing as opposed to hiring plant
  • Keep detailed record of skips & waste on a project
  • Lifting Devices – ensure all GA1 Certificates are issued in advance of equipment delivered to site.

Safety Health & Environmental

  • Ensure that all materials & equipment purchased by the company comply with the required Safety Standards
  • Ensure Material Safety Data Sheets are obtained where required & where applicable, seek advice from the Safety Manager on Health & Safety and Environmental implications of materials and equipment purchased by the company, regarding their safe use and installation if required


  • Assist Estimating Department on pricing when requested
  • Look after Warehouse & Stores ensuring warehouse kept tidy and strict signing in & out of plant and materials stored
  • All other related responsibilities


  • Must have previous experience in the construction industry or similar
  • Previous relevant experience with purchasing
  • Good IT skills


For more information please email your CV to david.dooley@cordantpeople.ie or call 016704488

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