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Jackson is a regionally structured civil engineering firm, working out of seven offices across the country. Our regional set-up means that, on the whole, we're able to get our staff home to their families each night.

We're savvy enough to recognise that it's the people on the ground who make our organisation work and that's why we invest in all our staff, to help them develop inspiring and enjoyable careers. But don't take our word for it, take a look at the videos at the bottom of this page to find out why our people love working for Jackson.


We have an opportunity for an experienced Buyer to join our team based at our head office in Ipswich. This position will be Monday to Friday and we also offer hybrid working.

The Buyer will be responsible for ensuring that the materials required for projects are provided to schedule and according to projected budgets. You will play a vital part in helping ensure profitability of contracts and ensure the most cost-effective and appropriate materials are purchased.

Main Duties:

  • Manage and co-ordinate materials procurement within the designated areas, frameworks and supply agreements
  • Identifying potential suppliers and new products
  • Contacting a range of suppliers and sub-contractors to obtain quotations and agree delivery times
  • Keeping detailed records and maintaining a well organised work schedule
  • Assessing sub-contractors and suppliers
  • Dealing effectively with challenges with suppliers and the flow of materials
  • Ensuring all work complies with quality, safety and environmental policies and the requirements of the company procedures
  • Negotiating and agreeing the most favourable terms with suppliers
  • Providing advice to the project estimator on the predicted cost of individual items
  • Liaising closely with the estimator at the tendering stage to ensure that an accurate project cost is provided
  • Assess and advise on commercial risk
  • Preparing and maintaining cost reports in order to maximise efficiency within the business

Are you the person we're looking for?

We’re after a proactive problem solver, a confident communicator with strong negotiating skills and a team player, someone who can prioritise tasks and manage their time to meet deadlines.

The successful candidate will be able to build good relationships, be well organised and self-motivated. They will have previous experience of buying, preferably within the construction industry. A CIPS qualification would also be an advantage but is not essential. Due to the nature of the role a full UK driving license is essential

Excellent benefits package and personal development opportunities:

We don’t just offer a great place to work with a family-feel atmosphere. We also offer:

  • Life assurance cover (4x annual salary)
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Company pension scheme (we match up to 6%)
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (with an option of buying more holiday)
  • Extensive training programmes
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee benefits platform
  • Free on-site parking
  • Company social calendar
  • Regular fun days and a broad range of charity events
  • A supportive business that genuinely wants to help you progress in your career
  • If this sounds like you, please email your CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We also place high importance on our inclusive recruitment policy and will do our very best to support those applicants who may need adjustments in order to take part in the recruitment process. Please do let us know if you require any additional assistance or adjustments on 01473 238300.

    Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not always possible to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Therefore if we have not responded to your application within two weeks please note that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

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A polite note to recruitment agents...

We're flattered that you'd like to work with us, however we have a preferred suppliers list of several agencies we've built up long-standing relationships with. There are lots of you and only a small number of us, so with this in mind, we politely ask that you avoid making approaches to our HR team or managers across the business. Thank you