Purchasing Assistant

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Norwich
Discipline: Finance
Contact name: Ben Porter

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0121 456 80410
Vacancy reference: 024809
Closing date: 16 July 2024

Finance team, Norwich, full time, permanent

The role

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our Procurement & Finance Operations team as a Purchasing Assistant who will be responsible for providing generalist administration support to this busy team.

The activities

Business and operations support

  • Support the Buyers and Business Support colleagues in raising accurate purchase orders in a timely manner
  • Help Business Support colleagues to maintain blanket purchase orders, manage supplier spend and ensure timely payment of suppliers
  • Complete new supplier forms, for approval by Business Support Head(s)


  • Read firm communications and support new initiatives
  • Actively help others and be flexible / willing to go the extra mile to ensure work is completed on time, including having an awareness of workloads and priorities to assist and cover planned and unplanned absences
  • Understand the Procurement Policy and  processes and understand what is required in order to comply with these
  • The firm is committed to innovation in all areas.  Within your role, consider and put forward better and new ways of working

Business Management

  • General data entry and maintenance of supplier data in the Supplier Contracts Database and Purchase Order System
  • Generate reports on spend within 3E, Credit Card Portals, Amazon Business etc.
  • Help manage online suppliers accounts such as Amazon Business etc.

Technical Excellence

  • Scan and file relevant documents for the team which may include, but is not limited to, contract documents, supplier due diligence questionnaires etc.
  • As required, organise meetings, including diary management, creating agendas and arranging refreshments and, on occasion, attend these to provide notes of the meeting which should be distributed to all relevant members of the team, and
  • Support the team to ensure all general administration tasks are completed in a timely manner including the collection of supplier data for ISO and internal audits.

The person

This role requires someone with previous administration experience who is computer literate and who is able to thrive in a busy environment where they are required to use their own initiative to solve problems and see work through to its conclusion.  Some experience within a procurement department or within a role which involves elements of buying would be useful but is not essential.

Given the nature of this role, it is likely that your background and experience will include:

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (formally Grade C) or above to include mathematics and English (or equivalent);
  • A good understanding of Microsoft 365; Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams;
  • Comfortable with technology and data inputting;
  • Work experience in a role with a level of independence and responsibility; and
  • Office based experience within a busy and fast paced team

The role additionally requires someone who:

  • Can demonstrate taking ownership of work and problem solving
  • Is able to manage their workload with limited supervision

The package

As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits.  The firm’s standard benefits are detailed in the following link:


The Mills & Reeve Business Services career structure

We have a firm wide Business Services career structure and a published career progression framework. Within the firm wide career structure there are five career levels.  For the purposes of the framework, this role is at an Assistant level and the role profile that details the outcomes and activities expected of across the firm is included with this job description. Further information on the firm’s Business Services career structure is available from the HR team.

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes, but is not limited to, a basic DBS check, right to work check, any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability for the role.  A full policy of the screening the firm undertakes is available on request.

The firm

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.

The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations.

This is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 20 years - the only law firm to achieve this.

We are also proud to have been awarded Platinum Investors in People status this year.  The firm joins a select club of only 6% of 50,000 assessed organisations awarded the coveted platinum status.

The firm is also delighted to report for the eighth year running we were named as one of Roll On Friday’s ‘best law firms to works at’.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding our diversity policy.


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