Purchasing Assistant

Job Introduction

We have an opportunity for a Purchasing Assistant to work with us in BBC Scotland. 

The embedded purchasing team provides support to BBC Scotland and in particular business users within News, Planning, Radio and Admin areas. The team will also provide guidance to support and encourage best practice in Procurement. Key objectives of the team include delivering against the agreed policies and procedures within the business, and provide effective support to BBC Scotland by developing a thorough understanding of the purchasing process. 

Role Responsibility

The main responsibilities of the role are outlined below, rather than on the Job Description:

  • Liaise directly with the Procurement Team in Scotland, managing the creation and updating of Purchase Orders as necessary and in line with BBC policies and proceedures
  • Act as a guide for all purchasing queries, and ensuring that we use appropriate channels i.e approved suppliers, catalogues, etc
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the business to ensure that procurement is delivering value for money, as well as our outsourced provider
  • Taking responsibility for compliance and authorisation procedures, liaising with Finance colleagues where appropriate
  • Creating and maintaining vendor records as appropriate
  • Dealing with invoice queries, and assisting business users with any issues pertaining to invoices 
  • Running reports ad-hoc as required by business areas

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for somebody that is focused on forming positive working relationships with the business areas in BBC Scotland, with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels within the BBC, as well as any outsourced suppliers or providers. 

In addition, we are looking for:

• Knowledge of purchasing/finance systems and procedures.
• Excellent IT skills; knowledge of SAP/SRM an advantage.
• Well developed communication skills.
• Analytical skills to help identify problem areas as well as potential for improvement.
• Ability to identify priorities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work in a team.
• Influencing & negotiating skills.

Package Description

Band: B 
Contract type: 12 month fixed-term contract or attachment 
Location: Glasgow 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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