Purchasing Assistant

The Sofidel Group  

The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 12 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania and the USA – with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 2,173 million Euros (2020) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,428,000 tonnes in 2020). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Lycke, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers programme, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to reducing its impact on natural capital and maximising social benefits, setting as objective the creation of shared added value for all stakeholders. Sofidel’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to 2030 have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2°C, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Role Purpose

Sofidel UK are currently recruiting for a motivated and well organised Purchasing Assistant to join our team. Based at our site in Hamilton, Leicester, this role sits within the heart of the Plant. As a Purchasing Assistant your role is to manage the administrative flow of the purchasing process for the Plant in accordance with the corporate guidelines and procedures. By building and maintaining strong relationships with internal clients and suppliers you will be responsbile for placing orders, tracking shipments and costs and working cohesively with the Accounts department. 

Main duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide maintenance and updating requirements on the system in accordance with vendors 
  • Create purchase order for all cost items in accordance with the purchase requisition 
  • Provide associated reports from the system as and when required 
  • Liaise with the other company departments when managing operating issues relating to the administrative flow of the purchasing process
  • Maintain cordial working relationships with vendors and supervising vendor activities
  • Request cost proposals and negotiating contracts and prices
  • Conduct market research to identify the most beneficial purchase agreement and potential vendors 


Additional Requirements: 


  • At least 1 years experience working in a Purchasing or similar environment 
  • Experience using microsoft office particularly Excel 
  • Knowledge or the Purchasing process 
  • Strong Organisational skills