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Buyerat CDW Careers (UK)

Job ID: 
Supply Chain
Post Date: 
13 May 2024
London, United Kingdom
Eligible For Remote Work: 
Yes - Hybrid
Contract Type: 
Permanent (Full-time)
Security Clearance Required: 


JOB TITLE: Buyer  

DEPARTMENT: Purchasing and Supply Chain  

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Procurement of Products and Services  


  • To ensure the service level to our customers is maximized through a combination of efficient purchasing, at the best possible price.
  • Develop supplier relationships for a given product set: ensure suppliers always provide information related to deals and promotions and use this information to negotiate better deals. This relationship can be supported by regular meetings where necessary
  • To negotiate at any opportunity, to maximise margins, ensuring best price
  • Liaise with sales teams to communicate any issues arising with their orders
  • Clear and concise interaction with all company departments; notably the sales department, distribution centre, inventory and accounts payable.
  • Ensure purchase orders are loaded correctly to enable seamless payment of invoices
  • Understand the purchasing processes for a variety of product types and manufacturers as required.
  • Consistently review work practices in search of efficiency improvements.
  • Identify issues as part of the day to day workflows and use skills and experience to resolve supplier issues. First point of escalation.
  • Raise POs as required within the defined Purchasing SLA with a limited degree of supervision
  • Ensure all changes to purchase orders are recorded on the system
  • Liaise with warehouse to ensure any issues can be resolved in a timely fashion
  • Provide cover for other members of the department as necessary and perform other tasks if requested from time to time by the Category Manager
  • Support less experienced members of the team in the education of best practices and purchasing processes.
  • Understand how Purchasing function supports other departments and overall business objectives.


  • Experience of working in a procurement role, ideally within IT (Understanding of core CDW vendors, beneficial)
  • Experienced in dealing with suppliers and contractors, and negotiations to ensure best cost and quality
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Highly motivated with ability to work under own initiative, making decisions to benefit the business
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, time management and organizational skill
  • Microsoft Office skills, preferably including: Excel and Word but not essential


  • Professionalism
  • Honest and hardworking
  • Self-Motivated and proactive
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven record of reliability, responsibility and work ethic
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills – ability to liaise with personnel at all levels and adapt style accordingly
  • Capable of multi tasking, efficiently managing time and resources
  • Ability to work to challenging deadlines
  • Have a desire for continuous development and improvement
  • A receptive, approachable individual who can provide and receive feedback in an effective, impartial manner
  • Willing to go the extra mile to ensure requirements are met and practices are followed
  • Able to identify, communicate and resolve issues that may cause risk to others or the company
  • Flexibility with working hours
  • Passionate about making positive changes and improving efficiencies
  • Must have an excellent command of the English language with strong written and verbal communication skills
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