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Junior Buyer

Location West Malling, ME19 4UY
Hours 36.25 hours
Salary £26000
Contract 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Division Orbit Homes
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Orbit is a fantastic business and one that’s really going places.

Orbit was formed in 1967 with the aim of providing good-quality housing for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy their own home.

Over 50 years later, we’re one of the leading housing providers in the UK.  Our services have diversified, our housing portfolio has expanded, and our reputation as an innovator within our sector has grown.  But one thing that has never changed.  Our belief in people and what they can achieve.

Your role at Orbit.

With an established track record delivering over 10,000 homes to date and ambition to build a further 6,500 new homes before 2025, Orbit is one of the country’s major housing developers.

We are recruiting a Junior Buyer on a 12-month fixed term contract to support our commercial team in the South of England.  It is envisaged that the Junior Buyer will also be able to develop their construction buying experience throughout the duration of the contract.  We have a good number of developments in progress, numerous sites due to commence and a strong landbank for direct build and other contracted schemes.

The Junior Buyer will initially provide support to the team and ensure efficient and accurate management of the P2P (purchase to pay) system used within Orbit Homes.  You will actively manage and resolve supplier queries related to invoices and to monitor purchase orders that are yet to be invoiced to ensure our housebuilding activities have accurate cashflow forecasts.  You will ensure that the payment of invoices is made within the agreed payment terms, and work to resolve issues where invoices are received without a purchase order number.  You will become an expert user of our purchase to pay system (Microsoft D365) and work alongside the centralised procurement team, taking a proactive role in developing processes and systems.

Opportunity to develop your skills will become available by supporting the commercial team with the buying of materials for all regional developments including building materials, hired plant and equipment, PPE, sundries, consumables and temporary labour to enable the site teams to build to the correct specification and quality.

You will have opportunity to source and contact suppliers and manufactures, review and negotiate terms, raise orders and produce material delivery plans to ensure timely distribution to meet the demands of the build programme.  Be tasked with the preparation of materials schedules, scheme tenders and the analysis of scheme tender submissions including the cost benefit of the proposals and associated opportunities. 

You will have access to aspect of the procurement process and we will support your development and growth as a construction Buyer. 

Our activities as a housing group ensure that we have an annual surplus that we reinvest into building more homes where people love to live and nurturing communities that thrive.  That’s the difference when you work in construction at Orbit.  You are part of an organisation that believes in its customers and its people, and what they can achieve together.

What will help you make a difference.

The Junior Buyer possess knowledge and experience of purchasing processes.  You will have good commercial awareness, analytical skills and have sound judgement when making procurement decisions.

Experience with Dynamics 365 or similar P2P systems is desirable.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain great people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of background, age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, religious belief, faith or disability.  As part of our Armed Forces Covenant commitment, we welcome ex-services professionals to consider career opportunities at Orbit.

Why Orbit?

Rewarding your contribution.

For those who want or need more of a work life balance our view is that this role is suitable for WorkSmart. This means we would consider a more flexible working arrangement, where your hours and work location are managed according to business, customer and personal needs. Agile working arrangements will be discussed during the interview process.

Some of our core benefits include:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays and the “Orbit day”
  • Private medical insurance
  • Excellent contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • A great pick and mix of flexible benefits including the option to buy and sell holiday and much more

Our culture and purpose.

We know that great people are central to achieving our ambitions and as such we want everyone to have a voice and make a positive difference.  We are proud to be a Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for, this demonstrates we place people at the heart of everything we do. We continue to create a culture that celebrates diversity and an environment where everyone feels able to contribute towards achieving together.

We support our colleagues to be at their best through our wellbeing programme #ThisIsMe, our corporate learning programme, opportunities for professional development, our innovative approaches to making the world and our homes a greener place and our leading reward and recognition package. Because of this our people tell us Orbit is a great place to work for.

At Orbit, our people are enthusiastic and passionate about making a real difference to our customers and communities. We are one team where everyone is connected and encouraged to have the freedom to think differently.

Each year we build many new affordable homes and manage a total portfolio of around 45,000 properties.  Over 100,000 people live in an Orbit home and our innovative approach empowers every one of them to grow and thrive.  We are commercially driven. The more profit we make, the more we invest into the communities that we work for, improving services and playing a key role in driving UK housing growth.

Work for Orbit.  Believe in people.

We have so much more that we’d like to share with you so please submit your CV demonstrating the value you could bring to Orbit.  Click the link to apply:

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