Murray & Roberts: Senior Buyer

Business Name: Murray & Roberts Construction
Job Title: Senior Buyer
Location: Johannesburg
Nature of Employment: Full Time Employee


Job Summary:
Murray & Roberts Construction invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the position of Senior Buyer in the Buildings Division based in Bedfordview.

Key Responsibilities:
The successful candidate's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
* Develop RFI's/FRQ's and to perform their respective adjudications
* Create contract for junior buyers to execute daily procurement against
* Evaluate and manage supplier activities and performance to achieve overall business objectives
* Seek new suppliers and products based on best price, quality and availability and through price and quality comparisons influence profitability of the organisation
* Internal and external stakeholder relationship management
* Support the procurement manager ro achieve and maintain world class procurement standards and business objectives

Key Requirements:
Suitable candidate's must have the following work experience:
* Minimum 5 years experience in a strategice sourcing role
* Knowledge of the construction industry and materials
* Knowledge of MS Office suite
* Knowledge of JDE

Education: Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications and skills:
* A relevant diploma or degree
* Analysing and interpretation abilities
* Ability to work under pressure
* Performance driven
* Good interpersonal and communication skills
* Network and negotiation skills
* Decision making ability
* Valid driver's license and own transport (compulsory)

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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