Buyer and Purchasing Coordinator

Work-Life Balance

Leeds city centre location with excellent public transport links, work-from-home options, family friendly and flexible working hours, holiday allowance – 23 days on starting plus UK Bank holidays, company wide bonus scheme, casual dress Fridays

Health and Wellbeing

Free standard eye tests, family healthcare/private medical scheme, open plan office with free fruit, tea, coffee and juice, free counselling app for all employees

Community and Volunteering

A chance to be involved in our CSR initiative, the 2M STEM programme, volunteering with kids in schools, volunteer paid time off – 2 days per year

Career progression and life-long learning

Study support and study leave for professional qualifications, excellent and genuine career progression opportunities, option to apply for the 2M Future Leaders’ programme

We’re looking for a confident Buyer and Purchasing Coordinator to join our Purchasing team in Leeds. Core responsibilities will be to negotiate with suppliers of assigned products, whilst ensuring that products are purchased at the lowest cost and the best delivery terms.

Surfachem is a leading global distributor of speciality chemicals. Focusing on the Personal Care, Household and Industrial Care and Pharmaceutical industries, we work in partnership with a range of consumer goods manufacturers. From start-ups, to supermarkets and multinational brands, our ingredients are a fundamental part of your everyday routine.

This exciting new vacancy is based at our head office in central Leeds, however due to the recent global situation, the role will be very flexible, with working from home arrangements available.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Negotiate with suppliers of assigned products, to ensure that products are purchased at the lowest cost and the best delivery terms
  • Order products as required from approved suppliers according to the appropriate work instruction
  • Proactively manage slow moving stock
  • To be responsible for the completion of purchase orders, including communication of status with other depts. and timely recommendation of action to avoid stock-out (e.g. alternative suppliers)
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers, negotiating effectively with them as required
  • Resolve all delivery incidents supporting the purchasing assistant.
  • Carry out quarterly supplier appraisals for purchased suppliers to maximise delivery and quality performance
  • Provide accurate ingredient pricing to Surfachem commercial teams
  • Ensure new suppliers are fully approved using appropriate documentation
  • Coordinate stock expiry spreadsheets and lead stock expiry meetings
  • Project a professional, competent and efficient image of the Company and Department at all times

Qualifications & Experience


  • Previous experience in supplier development


  • Previous experience within chemical purchasing
  • Fully or part qualified Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Skills & Knowledge


  • Excellent negotiator with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Able to effectively organise and manage multiple tasks and projects


  • Knowledge of the chemical industry

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Based in the heart of Leeds City Centre, our modern offices are a few minutes' walk from the train station. As well as a competitive salary, we offer: a 35 hour working week Monday to Friday, generous employer contribution pension scheme, private health care plan and buy/sell holiday scheme.

If you think you’ve got what it takes and would like to join a friendly team, where no two days are the same, please apply to with your CV and covering letter. We can't wait to hear from you!

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