R&D Purchaser (Operational Buyer)

Exciting opportunity to join a progressive company in a new role. Oxford PV is looking for a hands-on Purchaser who will be responsible for the procurement function within the company.


You will help us deliver an excellent experience for our colleagues, supporting them in their day-to-day finance, planning, purchasing and interaction with suppliers. Your efforts will help colleagues make the best use of their resources while saving them time so they can focus on their jobs at hand. Your work will make a lasting impact by optimising our resources for innovating and delivering on the clean energy transition effectively and sustainably. 

This Purchaser/Operation Buyer role will be responsible for the day to day purchasing and logistics for our site in Oxford, this will include:

  • Managing all relevant purchasing activities within the ERP system:
    • Order placing; relevant supplier and material data control; implementing negotiation results
    • Following the supply process (order-2-supply); incoming goods transaction, tracking outstanding deliveries
    • Managing and control of logistical parameters; stock-level control; reordering process etc.
    • Partial quality aspects (Claim-management; etc.)
  • Working closely with all departments across the company to meet their purchasing needs, including project managers and departmental managers
  • Sourcing in collaboration with the various departments in our UK Company and the Buyer at our site in Germany. Working on cost reduction possibilities
  • Optimal stock control and management
  • Ensuring the company remains compliant with all customs and duties requirements

Other aspects of the role will include:

  • Operational purchasing of restricted materials for the Group
  • Monitoring of relevant markets and performing analysis once necessary. This includes RfQ’s, due diligence checks, TCO comparisons and basic negotiations
  • Providing support for international supplier management
  • Analysing data and providing reports to demonstrate savings improvements and the benefit of changes.
  • This role would best suit someone who is proactive, self-motivated and results driven, whilst working well as part of a wider team
  • Trustworthy and confidential, ability to use appropriate discretion when working with highly sensitive and confidential information
  • Must be self organised and have an analytical, structured approach to their work
  • This person will be the first point of contact for suppliers so excellent communication skills, written and verbal, is required
  • Equally, it is important to have the ability to build relationships with key internal contacts
  • Ability to complete tasks against tight deadlines and experience of project management
  • Share our vision, mission, and values – with enthusiasm and ideas to help us bring them to life


Qualifications and experience

In order to be considered, you must have the following experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years operational purchasing experience
  • University Degree, CIPS qualification or qualified by experience
  • Good knowledge of a manufacturing-based ERP system
  • Understanding of third party logistics
Working times and salary

Salary commensurate with experience.


  • Competitive salary 
  • Private health and wellbeing scheme available from the first day you join us 
  • Company pension scheme  
  • Company bonus scheme, dependant on performance 
  • Employee Assistance Programme – to support you at your moments of need 
  • Life assurance scheme 4 x base salary – to offer you peace of mind 
  • 25 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays
  • Professional memberships and training opportunities 
  • A chance to make a difference by joining our employee committees built around our values  
  • Social events 
  • Cycle to work scheme - to help you go green and get fit as you travel to work 
  • Free onsite parking  
  • A fast-paced work environment in a growing international company  
  • The opportunity to experience and support many parts of the business

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Closing date

If this sounds like a role that you’d relish and thrive in, then we can’t wait to hear from you. Please send us your CV with a cover letter to us as soon as possible to: careers@oxfordpv.com