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Purchasing Assistant – Mandarin-speakingref: CL42848
Sector Procurement
Type Full-time, Permanent
Location London - East
Salary £18000 - 22000 / Year
Purchasing Assistant – Mandarin-speaking

A major frozen food manufacturer based in South East London seeks a dynamic and personable individual to support the buying team and continue to establish their firm as the leader in the frozen authentic food sector in Europe.

In this role you will need good commercial awareness, the ability to work to deadlines, negotiate with suppliers and demonstrate strong presentation skills.


• Good communication skills, ability to communicate at executive level, and to gain approval for purchase contracts with new vendors or new suppliers.
• Continuous supplier comparison, strong negotiation to ensure company get the best possible price.
• Oversee supply chain management and customs clearance
• Clear communication with suppliers to make sure supplies get where they need to be when they need to be, even when a deadline is tight
• Maintain a network of professional contacts in order to discover new opportunities for good deals on orders
• Forecast demand for certain products and make orders accordingly
• Inventory check and track, adjust purchasing in accordance with apparent trends
• Process payments and invoices
• Liaison with marketing team, with promotions or price reduction
• Attend exhibitions or trade shows to meet potential new suppliers and glean insight from other professionals in the purchasing field
• Manage plans for stock levels, reacting to change in demand and logistics
• Tracking orders
• Editing package design
• Reviewing labelling of products to ensure compliance with legal requirements

Ideal candidate

• Excellent written and verbal skills in English and Mandarin
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is preferred
• Previous experience in food distribution/ retail/ wholesale is beneficial but not essential
• Strong attention to detail is required
• Ability to multitask and quickly react to changing responsibilities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to interact with all levels within the organisation
• Proven experience with leading teams or departments is strongly preferred
• Proficient in Excel and MS Office are essential. Photoshop and SAP would be ideal, but not essential