Purchasing Executive

Hassocks, West Sussex

Maintenance and Engineering

Full Time



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Purchasing Executive

Hassocks, West Sussex
Mon-Fri between 07:00 – 19:00
37.5-hour week

Our client are a leading aviation service provider specialising in bespoke aircraft components and Support Solutions. Our client works closely with Maintenance and Repair Organisations worldwide and in recent years has grown to become one of the largest stockists of aircraft components in the world.
Due to ongoing expansion and a high volume of business, our client are looking to appoint a Purchasing Executive to join the existing team.


Reporting to the Purchasing Team Leader, you will review and purchase inventory to meet the business needs, ensuring that excellent Supplier relationships and high-quality service levels are maintained.


* Purchasing inventory for stock and specific customer requirements
* Maintaining optimum inventory levels to support the business needs
* Evaluate prospective suppliers against approved industry standards and quality
* Negotiating terms with Suppliers, including price and warranty
* Issuing Purchase Orders on behalf of the company
* Expediting open orders to achieve delivery requirements
* Developing and maintaining excellent supplier relationships
* Co-ordinating with internal departments to ensure PO compliance
* Assisting with the training of new staff
* Obtaining warranty return approvals and liaising with internal departments on rejected units
* Organising meetings with Suppliers, including occasional travel to the Supplier’s location
* Producing and analysing reports, ensuring KPI’s and objectives are met
* Identifying non-performing Suppliers, monitoring, and liaising with them as required
* Enacting and monitoring improvement measures for non-performing suppliers
* Supporting the Purchasing Team Leader with other duties and projects as required
* Adhering to company processes and procedures
* Understanding and adhering to Export Control regulations where required

Required Skills and Experience:

* Experience in an aircraft component, MRO, or a trading environment, preferably within a purchasing department (12 months + experience preferred)
* Knowledge of aircraft components, conditions, certifications, and airworthiness regulations
* Understanding of IPC’s, alternative part numbers and aircraft effectivity would be beneficial
* Educated to A-Level standard. A university degree or equivalent qualification would be beneficial
* A desire to gain in-depth knowledge and skills within the Purchasing department
* Proactive, self-motivated, and driven to succeed in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment
* An analytical thinker with strong problem-solving ability
* Excellent written communication with a professional telephone manner
* Excellent stake holder management skills, with a demonstrated ability to build successful relationships with external suppliers and internal departments
* Guide and mentor Purchasing Administrators
* Excellent organisation, time management and administrative skills
* An ability to multi-task, prioritise and meet deadlines
* Ability to be flexible and work out of hours when required
* Excellent PC skills and highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
(Experience with Quantum and web-based Aircraft parts databases would be advantageous)
* Other languages would be desirable but are not essential

If you are interested in applying for this position and you meet the requirements, please send your updated CV to Anthony at Line Up Aviation Recruitment.

Line Up Aviation is a specialist aviation and aerospace recruitment company that has been operating all over the world for more than 30 years. We work with some of the industry’s best-known companies and pride ourselves with working to the highest standard of service supported by an ingrained culture of honesty and integrity.

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