National Purchasing Analyst - Milton Keynes

Date Added: 09.06.2022

National Purchasing Analyst

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to work as a Purchasing Analyst in our busy Purchasing team. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to demonstrate a variety of purchasing and inventory management skills. As a Purchasing Analyst you will be responsible for planning, forecasting and procuring stock, while ensuring the highest level of availability is maintained and excess stocks are at a minimum. Your remit will also include raising purchase orders and order book management, system maintenance, supplier management, and recommendations based on data analysis and stock profiles,

Job Purpose

  • To plan, forecast and procure stock, while ensuring the highest level of stock availability is maintained and excess stocks are at a minimum.
  • Conduct analysis of sales patterns and inventory levels of existing stock in order to take key procurement decisions.
  • To ensure that stock is worked as hard as possible to create the highest return for the company.


  • Personal goal setter and achiever of high KPI’s
  • Can work on their own initiative and achieve results
  • Excellent team player
  • Good communicator
  • Follows procedures and instructions while challenging any inconsistencies
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Quickly adapts, understands and acts on the requirements of the role
  • Completer finisher
  • Role model demonstrating company values


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

  • Extensive experience in purchase order placement.

  • Evidence of forecasting skills and inventory interrogation

  • Systemic Inventory Management experience

  • Experience of successful supplier management

  • Advanced PC and Excel skills

  • Evidence of taking initiative and creating proactive improvements

  • Pride in producing excellent KPI’s by taking ownership and responsibility

  • Attention to detail

  • Effective planner compatible with flexibility when required.


Key Result Areas

  • Manage new and existing suppliers to ensure they deliver products and services to meet the needs/requirements of the organisation.
  • Forecast, plan and process purchase orders according to established company policies.
  • Analyse data to provide reviews, recommendations, and action stock profiles
  • Effective and proactive life cycle planning
  • Analysis of stock with the result of locating the correct stock in the correct place in a timely manner
  • Capacity planning of incoming load build to ensure that purchase orders are planned to be delivered in a ‘flat’ methodology
  • Period end target tracking
  • Build purchase orders to ensure that all volume targets are reached
  • Forecast and manage the stock levels at company and depot level to ensure that capacity is not over reached.
  • Effectively identify, manage and reduce excess stocks
  • Recommend and action stock cleanses
  • Maintain and create reporting structure to provide full visibility of purchases made and on order.  Details to be provided in value and quantity
  • Provide recommendations of products to follow exit routes
  • Ensure that all purchase orders and invoices are passed correctly with no discrepancies
  • Responsible for system maintenance and housekeeping within the purchasing department
  • Be flexible to cover other colleagues within the Purchasing department when required
  • Be the expert in their field and with their suppliers’ products
  • Ensure the order management systems are set to provide the most accurate data to provide optimum order planning
  • Manage stock values, order books and over due purchase orders
  • Ensure proper documentation of purchase records as well as product inventory and deliveries.
  • Hold regular meetings with suppliers to create ways to improve KPI’s
  • Liaise with internal departments to discuss and agree methods of improving procurement operations.
  • Work with Marketing to ensure that the correct products are being promoted in a streamlined manner

Communications & Working Relationships

  • Direct communications and liaison with suppliers.
  • Working with other Purchase Analysts within the team, Purchasing Manager and National Inventory Manager.
  • Internal customers include, Sales, Marketing and the Operations across four depots.

Dimensions & Decision Making

  • The job holder would be responsible for raising approx. £300k- £500k of PO’s per month


  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Generous pension plan – matched up to 9%
  • Holiday - 23 days increasing to 25 after 2 years’ service
  • Staff discounts on hundreds of retailers
  • Free access to health & wellbeing tools and initiatives

If you are interested in this position and you feel you have the skills please send your CV to

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