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We’re seeking a Purchaser to join the Supply Chain team within our Operations dept at our head office in Wellington, Somerset.  The role is available with an immediate start.



MK Test Systems, based in Wellington, Somerset, designs and manufactures Automated Test Equipment (ATE) for the Aerospace, Rail and Oil & Gas industries. With over 30 years of experience in the testing field and systems deployed with the biggest manufacturers of aircraft and trains throughout the world, we have built a reputation for innovation and success.  We’ve won multiple awards for our products and software, and have recently been acquired by Halma Plc.

To learn more about life at MK Test Systems, visit our company page.

Location and hours of work

  • The role is based at our Wellington, Somerset head office.
  • This is a Monday to Friday role within our standard opening hours.
  • The role fits within our Operations team.


Purpose of the Purchaser role

To support the business in the purchase of goods, materials and services to ensure that the company supply chain needs are met; taking into account price, quality and delivery to ensure continuity of supply.


Main duties

  • Monitor projects coming into Stock system, review shortages and manage procurement of identified items.
  • Together with Production Lead identify make/buy decision, place orders as required.
  • Ensure all Purchase Orders raised cover full scope of requirement, sending drawing where necessary to meet requested timescale.
  • Responsibility for all incoming requisitions taking ownership from quote through to delivery.
  • Check order confirmations against goods ordered to ensure dates and details match.
  • Carry out RFQ exercise in line with company process. Identify best value solution.
  • Daily management of replenishment function within Stock system.
  • Update internal stakeholders on progress of orders as required.
  • To expedite orders and notify stakeholders of any variance.
  • Attend internal meetings as representative for the procurement department as required.
  • Update internal databases with order details (dates, vendors, quantities, costs).
  • Update monthly savings tracker.
  • Compare product deliveries with issued purchase orders and contact vendors when there are discrepancies.
  • Follow up on any order discrepancies with the supplier in conjunction with the Quality Manager.
  • Adhere to all company policies, processes and procedures.
  • Carry out any other task within scope and spirit of the job.


Secondary duties

  • Electronic filing of purchase orders and delivery notes.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experienced purchaser, CIPS qualification desirable.
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems and their applications.
  • Good understanding of purchasing procedures.
  • Computer literate with a good working knowledge of  MS Packages.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Proven history of effective supply management.

Desired personal attributes

  • Willing to train to take on additional tasks and responsibility.
  • Good stakeholder relation skills.
  • Ability to multi task.
  • Ability to make decisions based on risk.
  • Forward thinker.
  • People person/interrelationship skills.

How to apply for the Purchaser role

Please upload your CV and covering letter via the form on our careers page.