Purchasing Assistant

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�20,000 - �25,000 dependent on experience
TalentSpa Recuitment
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Purchasing Assistant

Location: London, EC2A 4UX

Salary: �20,000- �25,000, dependent on experience

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

Working Hours: 09.00 to 17.30 Monday - Friday - Flexitime

About Our Client:

Our client is a family run and owned business, founded in 1988. By constantly adapting to the tour operator's growing needs they have rapidly developed into a trusted industry leader, with a turnover of �220 million in 2018. Despite their impressive accomplishments they remain true to their roots, offering all of their clients an unmatched personal level of service. At their London head office and various local branch offices they have an experienced team of employees who ensure all your requests are swiftly met.

About the Purchasing Assistant role:

They are looking for a person who has good administration skills, is a real team player but who can also work on their own initiative. The candidate will need to be good with deadlines, possess good communication skills, and previous negotiation experience (personal or professional) is a strong advantage,

Purchasing Assistant Responsibilities:

* Within this purchasing role you will need to be confident in buying, finding out the availability for their contracted hotels, and look to negotiate with them
* Ensuring we have availability at all of our contracted hotels (mainly by telephone).
* Negotiating specials / promotions where hotels have rooms for sale.
* Maintaining a database of availability and regular communication with contractor to ensure we have the right rooms at the right prices.
* Monitor the sales of new and existing hotels.
* Coordinate and prepare regular statistics.
* Visits to hotels / cities to discuss deals / availability face to face.
* Assisting the rest of the freesale team with close-outs or issues arising from freesale use with our partner hotels.
* Working closely with customer service to ensure all freesale bookings are honoured by the hotels.

Purchasing Assistant Requirements:

* 2:1 degree would be an advantage together with an understanding of every-day maths (to deal with percentage reductions, and an understanding how profit and margin can be manipulated)
* Be tenacious, persuasive and ambitious
* Be self-motivated, maintaining high level of focus and enthusiasm
* Confident in assessing the potential of new leads
* Be able to find & capture new business, and develop it to a high producing account
* Diary management: Organising meetings & viewings, and excellent time keeping
* Overcome obvious and hidden hurdles in decision making
* Work independently in a fast paced sales/reservations team environment
* Knowledge of computer applications is essential, including Microsoft Office & Excel. Close attention to detail with a structured approach to a task.
* An ability to work under pressure and take risks
* Passion for Sales & customer service, with an ability to listen, learn & progress
* Extremely punctual & organised
* Excellent English, both written & spoken, in order to communicate well via email & phone

Purchasing Assistant Benefits:

* Preferential room rates for yourself and family
* On the spot training surrounded by colleagues doing similar roles
* Fast-track career progress for the right candidate into a market manager role
* Social events & activities
* Limited flexitime allowance
* Pension scheme
* Bonus scheme
* Fun, young, multi-national environment

If you feel you're suitable

Contact Details:
TalentSpa Recuitment
Tel: 0844 8700 926
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