Purchasing Assistant


Stewart Construction is a Top Ten Irish main contractor with a proven track record of successful project delivery through the generations. Technically advanced building projects are delivered in a cost effective and safe manner with excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.

An award winning and innovative company with a history of integrity, Stewart Construction understand clients evolving needs and will deliver its promise on each and every project.

Roles / Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the Purchasing & Plant Manager the appointee will be responsible for:
  • Ensure that the Company’s best interests are protected in all procurement activities.
  • Sourcing of materials, plant, equipment and services and managing vendors including negotiating pricing contracts with each material supplier.
  • Manage material supplier contracts (SLA’s) that achieve cost, delivery, quality and service targets as required by the business. Meet suppliers as necessary.
  • Ensure that all materials are in compliance with specifications, health and safety legislation, building regulations and environmental standards.
  • Research and identification of new materials & suppliers for design and cost savings and develop and implement purchasing strategies to deliver ongoing cost reductions and process simplification.
  • Ensure adequate resources for all projects and to continually improve pricing and quality of supply and delivery times.
  • Forecast upcoming demand, monitor pricing trends and advise and report to the management team as appropriate.
  • Maintain procurement files and purchase agreements to an auditable standard.
  • Liaise with Estimating Department personnel in providing up to date materials suppliers costs information.
  • Assist Accounts Department in settling invoice disputes.
  • Liaise and work with Plant Yard Supervisor regarding site plant, equipment and transport requirements.
  • Issuing of Plant and Purchasing reports to Directors and Contracts Managers.
  • Issuing of Purchase and Plant orders to suppliers and plant hire companies.
  • Maintain records of the Company’s plant, engineering and surveying equipment stock; including calibrations, services, monitoring due dates, etc.
  • Liaise with site management and quantity surveyors on material and plant requirements.
  • Issue requests for prices with suppliers as well as follow up on price requisitions as requested.
  • Prepare quotation analysis.
  • Negotiating prices with suppliers.
  • Craft negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms.
  • Determine quantity and timing of deliveries.
  • Check invoices for accuracy against purchase orders.


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in construction industry.
  • Good knowledge of supply of construction materials.
  • Work to achieve cost savings & challenge price increases.
  • Manage procurement activities for several sites.
  • Microsoft Office skills essential coupled with Purchasing software.
  • Proven purchasing experience in construction, preferably with a Plant background. Non construction procurement candidates will not be considered for the position.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to communicate with suppliers.
  • Strong commercial, negotiation and problem solving skills; experience in handling transactions with little supervision.
  • Relevant third level qualifications, IIPMM advantageous.

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