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Graham Group - Assistant Procurement Officer

Our Client

Graham Group are a privately owned company with an impressive history built on integrity and responsibility, with expertise across building, civil engineering, interior fit-out, facilities management, and investment projects.

Turnover: £948m, Employees: 2,200, Established: 1955.

Graham are a new client, this was the first assignment that we were provided to trial our services. Following our success with this opportunity we look forward to supporting Graham with future vacancies.

Assignment Details

Due to winning a number of new highways projects in Scotland, the Procurement Manager required a new hire to be based in the northern civil engineering procurement team.

AR Resourcing were appointed to recruit an Assistant Procurement Officer to undertake day to day materials procurement for project sites.

We were briefed to identify buyers with a few years materials procurement for infrastructure or construction projects, ideally working for a main contractor. Any subcontract procurement experience would be highly desirable however the client appreciated this would be hard to find at this level.

What We Did

We provided Graham our Contingent (Plan 3) recruitment service, we worked alongside other agencies to identify, qualify and present suitable candidates.

We contacted our recently registered candidate network across all local construction industries, this included main contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and house builders.

We also advertised the role on our website, LinkedIn, job boards and our Job Alerts candidate email to help identify additional candidates.

The challenge with this assignment was finding candidates who had the credibility to be site based, and to efficiently work without a local line manager. When interviewing candidates we qualified their preferred working environment and previous experience of being accountable to project teams.

The Outcome

Three CVs were shortlisted within three days all from main contractors, other CVs were available however deemed less suitable as they were away from main contracting.

Two of our candidates were selected for interview alongside other agency candidates, both candidates were offerable, and the preferred candidate was successfully appointed.

The client was particularly pleased that we identified candidates who both had the credibility to be site based, and also a solid grounding in subcontract procurement.

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Company:  Graham Group
Assignment:  Assistant Procurement Officer – Highways
Hiring Contact: Stephen Allison  
Here's what our client said...
I used Dan for the first time to fill a Buyer role in a challenging location and he was exceptionally professional. He filled the role first time and I was pleased with how he took the time to dig deep to really understand the vacancy and our business. We will be using him again for sure.
Stephen Allison
Procurement Manager

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