Role Overview:

In a Nutshell…

We have a great opportunity for a Subcontract Buyer to join our team within Vistry South East Midlands, at our office in Enderby, Leicestershire. Together with our Senior Subcontract Buyer you will be responsible for working on numerous Housing and Retirement Village Schemes throughout the South East Midlands Region, involving predominately procurement of Sub-Contract packages.


Let’s cut to the chase, what’s in it for you…

  • Competitive basic salary and annual bonus
  • Company car, car allowance or travel allowance
  • Agile working possible (dependent on role)
  • Up to 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance – 4 x your annual salary
  • Share incentive schemes
  • Employee rewards portal with many more benefits…

In return, what we would like from you…

  • Behave in line with our company values – Integrity, Caring and Quality
  • Previous experience and knowledge of procurement within the Housing Sector is essential
  • A background in working within a commercial team
  • Good commercial awareness
  • A good understanding of building contracts (JCT), development agreements and domestic sub-contracts
  • An understanding of building regulations and legal obligations
  • Good knowledge of construction methods and materials
  • Good interpersonal skills, particularly in negotiating
  • Strong mathematical and IT ability. Good working knowledge of Microsoft office packages
  • Knowledge/experience of using COINS or similar is advantageous but not essential as training will be provided
  • Ability to assess and analyse information
  • Good communication skills
  • Good teamworking skills
  • Effective organisational skills

More about the Subcontract Buyer role…

  • Placement of Sub-Contract Orders in accordance with budget, specification, and programme constraints whilst also adhering to our group deal requirements wherever possible.
  • The above will include creation of trades tender lists, producing enquiry packages, negotiating best price, and comparing returned tenders to present to the commercial/site team(s) ahead of arranging (and chairing) pre-order meetings.
  • Raising Low Value sub-contract orders.
  • Liaise with our Group Supply Chain, managing and developing sub-contractor relationships, whilst promoting the best interests of Vistry Group.
  • Review potential gaps in supply chain/risks.
  • Manage preferred and approved sub-contractor lists.
  • KPI review and reporting.
  • Assisting procurement manager in providing subcontract package information relevant to other departments, including Group, as and when may be required.
  • Production of buying reports detailing profit/loss against allowance.
  • Procurement Schedule management and upkeep on relevant sites.
  • Obtaining and providing data for sustainability reporting to relevant parties.
  • Carrying out value engineering exercises against specified trades/materials.
  • Inform procurement manager of any occasions where loss of rebate may occur.
  • Attend hand over meetings for new schemes.
  • Any other reasonable buying department related tasks as directed by procurement manager or referred to in the Buying Procedures Manual.

Dependant on experience the successful applicant may be considered for the role of Senior Subcontract Buyer, in which case the additional tasks will form part of the role…

  • Managing standard document project templates for sub-contracts.
  • Identify potential new sub-contractors.
  • Manage negotiation of sub-contract amendments. Review with Procurement Manager/MQS/CD.        
  • Manage Scope library.
  • Compile information for Group rebate info collection.
  • Compile information for Group procurement pipeline report.
  • Assist Pre-Con with sub-contractor lists for future tenders.
  • Attend Pre-Con bid meetings and design hand overs.
  • Potentially interviewing and appointing staff (with procurement manager/CD).
  • Potentially managing probation period for new staff (with procurement manager).
  • Potentially arranging/attending/writing up PDRs of new staff (with procurement manager).
  • Potentially managing performance of new staff (with procurement manager).


Finally, let’s tell you a bit more about us…  

We’re Vistry Group, the UK’s leading provider of affordable mixed-tenure homes. Our core values of integrity, caring, and quality shape all we do; our partnership-led approach helps us build sustainable communities where they’re needed most.

You’re probably familiar with our unmatched portfolio of brands: Linden Homes, Bovis Homes, and Countryside Homes. We also have Vistry Works, our timber frame manufacturing operation, and Vistry Services, our support functions. Together, we build more than homes, so there’s nowhere better to build your career. We’re proud that our culture sees everyone treated fairly and respectfully, with diversity and inclusion a top priority and reasonable adjustments provided during the application process. Join us in making Vistry.


Job Type: Permanent – Full Time
Location Detail: Penman House, 1 Penman way,Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 1SY

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