Helston: 01326 574444 | Exeter: 01392 715432

Job description for Assistant Buyer


MJL Contractors are one of the largest groundwork’s contractors in the South West and employ around 300 operatives working on around 40 sites at any one time. We work for many of the large national & regional housing developers & specialize in the construction of large housing estates.

The business prides itself on its proactive approach to providing a quality product, on time & to budget.

Skills required

Highly organised

Ability to prioritise tasks & work calmly & rationally while under pressure in a fast-paced environment

Good communication & negotiation skills

Positive outlook

Ability to work to deadlines


Attention to detail

Comprehensive understanding of MS excel & outlook

Team player


The role of assistant buyer is to assist the buyer to procure all materials for the best possible price, in accordance with the contract specification & delivered to comply with the site programme

Analyse current supply chain price agreements & site orders lists & obtain competitive prices where agreed prices are not available to enable orders to be placed

Compare suppliers’ quotes & analyse prices against tender allowances

Research product information & alternative products

Liaise with MJL staff to order materials as requested via phone & email

Liaise with suppliers & advise site staff of delivery dates for orders

Update site orders where necessary to avoid invoice queries

File & organise emails to ensure that historic information is available as required

Maintain MJL stock list & aim to use materials on other sites where cost effective to do so

Assist the accounts department to resolve & avoid invoice queries

  Hours of work

Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

Please use our online form to apply

MJL Contractors Ltd

MJL Contractors Ltd was formed in 2001 by its’ current Managing Director, Matthew Lugg. It forms part of the MJL Group with associate Companies being MJL Plant Hire (Cornwall) Ltd and MJL Cornwall Ltd.

Based in Helston, Cornwall, with an additional office in Exeter, Devon, MJL has continued to grow year upon year to become one of the most prestigious companies within our field.