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Trainee Buyer

Want the chance to build a hands-on career, make a difference and work with all kinds of people, whilst gaining a really valued qualification? Ever thought about joining the homebuilding industry? Do you simply fancy earning whilst you’re learning?

We are recruiting for a Trainee Buyer as part of our Management Trainee scheme. The scheme aims to develop talented individuals to progress to an Assistant Buyer and eventually a Buyer over an average of 3 years.

  • The first year will be spent in the Business Unit to which you have been assigned where you will spend time in every business function learning the building lifecycle
  • You will attend a number of “Skills Camps” with other Management Trainees in your Region which focuses on developing core business and communication skills where you will also meet many of our Senior leaders
  • In your second year, you will start to specialise in Procurement
  • You will attend college or Uni to study a level 4 in Construction in the Built Environment for up to 2 years. This is a foundation degree and will enable you to learn the core components of the Construction Industry
  • On completion of the level 4 qualification, you will have the opportunity to go on to study up to degree level in your chosen specialist role. All fully funded by Taylor Wimpey.

You will be assessed over the course of your Management Trainee scheme. Once you are assessed as competent you will be ready to move to an assistant role as a role becomes available.

Overnight stays are required occasionally for group training sessions. All expenses will be covered.

The Role:

Procurement of Materials

  • Liaise with Technical and Planning to obtain drawings and specifications
  • Compile Tender Packs to send to Suppliers
  • Analyse returned quotations to ensure correct products, obtain discounts
  • Compile budgets to aid with the Site budget and movements
  • Responsible for ensuring Invoices are paid and queries are dealt with
  • Preparation of Affordable Housing requirements and specifications
  • Keep up to date on Group Procurement and Group deals to ensure regions comply
  • Liaise with Site Managers and Material Controllers on New Products and Quality/Service of Suppliers

Monitor and report 

  • Monitor and explain Material cost movements with QS
  • Monitor sites use of materials/plant/waste and report costs and possible savings


  • Be aware of all Codes of Practice that impact on estimating, i.e. Building Regulations, NHBC requirements, HSE etc.
  • Obtain an appropriate Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
  • Relationship building with Sites and Suppliers
  • Attend Buyers Meetings to feedback and obtain information regarding Suppliers and Group Deals and advise region

The Person:

  • Maths and English GCSE (Grades A*-C or 9-4) preferred
  • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment OR ‘A’ or (AS) levels e.g. Maths or Science related subject OR a recognised Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) programme in a related discipline OR 3 year's work experience in a related industry 
  • Computer Literacy
  • Full driving licence or working towards a licence and access to a car preferred

In order to be successful in this role you must be able to prove eligibility to work in the UK.

If you are successful at interview and the Company considers making an offer of employment, you may be asked to give your consent to the following pre-employment check[s] being undertaken by our third-party provider, Experian (or any other appropriate third-party provider that the Company chooses to engage). 

The type of checks made will depend on the role in question but may include any or all of the following

  • Credit reference
  • DVLA

The purpose of such checks will be to assess your suitability for the role.  If it subsequently transpires that you have given incorrect, false or misleading information, your application will not be taken further.

The Company:

Taylor Wimpey is a FTSE 100 business and one of the largest residential developers in the UK, building new homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Our vision is to become the UK’s leading residential developer for creating value and delivering quality. We build over 10,000 homes each year, from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom houses across the country.

Our people are passionate about the house building industry and about our customers. Culturally we pride ourselves in having a diverse work force with an opportunity to grow a career in a variety of environments. We look to develop our people in the skills and areas they are most interested in so if you are looking to join a thriving company going through an exciting period then please get in touch.

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