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Engineering Technical Buyer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
£40,800 - £44,880 per annum
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

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Engineering Technical Buyer

Salary: £40,800 - £44,880 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time (consideration will be given to Part-time working at a minimum of 30 hours per week)

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire


Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, technicians and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity.

Are you passionate about engineering and have experience working as a Technical Buyer in a manufacturing or high tech environment? Do you want to be part of the team building world-leading lasers facilities for one of Europe’s largest research organisations? If so, we are seeking an Engineering Technical Buyer on a permanent basis to manage the process from engineering drawing requirement to complete and inspected assemblies ready for installation.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is a directorate of the Science and Technology Facilities Council under the umbrella of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a government body that has a centralised procurement system. 

About the role

Working as part of the Engineering team within CLF you will provide an essential interface between design and technician engineering teams, external suppliers, UKRI Procurement functions (UKSBS and UKRI Procurement) and the CLF Project Support Offices. 

It is essential that you can read technical drawings to order machined parts and off the shelf mechanical, commodity and consumable components. You will be responsible for procurement tracking, chasing deliveries and mitigating delays, communicating regularly with the design, technician and project support teams. 

You will be responsible for ensuring the delivered components are to required quantity and quality, and audit suppliers working with the Quality Manager. You will oversee storage of components and ensure traceability of components from order to installation and assess stock levels of consumable components. 

We are looking for someone with:

  • proven experience in a technical purchasing role
  • skilled in reading engineering drawings and strong technical knowledge of mechanical and electromechanical components (for example, vacuum hardware, gas components, motion control components)
  • computer literate, using Outlook, Word, Excel, database and storage software
  • knowledge of suitable suppliers for different types of manufacturing

What we offer

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days)
  • flexible working hours
  • an excellent defined average salary pension scheme
  • employee shopping/travel discounts
  • excellent learning and development opportunities
  • visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK

Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn – about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. Join us and discover what’s possible.

Closing Date: 7th January 2024


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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