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(Materials & Plant)

We’re on the lookout for an experienced Buyer to help the commercial team continue to manage resource and budget forecasts on new residential development projects.

This is a chance to be a part of a growing and positive team to support the continued delivery of affordable homes across South Wales.
Closing date: 17th May 2024

Land: Projects

We’re looking for

A Buyer (Materials & Plant) with proven experience in the residential sector, of project values in range from £2m - £8m, with preferably good exposure in the affordable housing sector.   

We believe that people are what determines the success of our goals. We would like team players who’ll integrate well, pitch in to help other team members when needed, and endorse our ethos of we’re all working towards the same end goal.

We’re an established but growing business, you’ll need to be self-motivated, completely trustworthy and able to manage your own delivery to hit project milestones. 

You’ll be flying the PDB flag for us to partners and clients, so being personable and a good communicator will be important. 


With several live projects underway and a number of projects pending commencement, this is a great opportunity to join an established and reputable SME main contractor, to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse and supportive team.

What we’ll be asking you to do

As a buyer, you will be under the support and direction of the Project Quantity Surveyor and the wider construction and commercial team. You will be responsible to manage the commercial buying resources of the assigned projects to maximise forecast gross margin through the placement and control of material and plant hire contracts.


  • Take full responsibility for material and plant and liaise with PDBs accounting department during monthly payment processing.

  • Develop and implement an agreed procurement strategy for each project.

  • Develop this strategy into regular procurement meetings with the commercial team, with the aim of maximising price efficiencies in the market, whilst taking into account production/lead-in times, waste and delivery logistics.

  • Develop and implement companywide agreements with our supply chain partners for building materials and plant hire, in conjunction with our current project and future forecasts.

  • Meet, establish and maintain working relationships with our supply chain representatives and seek new partners where deemed required.

  • Lead the vetting process of potential new partners.

  • Review current ordering strategy and processes, from site to office teams with the aim to improve current practices to improve efficiencies and accuracy of ordering.

  • Monitor the performance of supply and our partners through each project. Develop a scoring matrix to ensure expected service standards are maintained.

  • Keep up to date with market conditions in relation to material and plant hire and adapt our strategy where necessary in the event of unexpected changes

  • Will lead and coordinate the receipts of any supply chain agreements and file them to the accounts department for processing.

  • Generally, aid the commercial, estimating, accounting and finance departments where necessary, to resolve invoice queries and disputes that arise and to advise on future product selection.

  • Maintain a high level of communication and liaison with the project team to manage risk and identify solutions to overcome early warnings and other operational matters

What’s in it for you?

Permanent: We’re absolutely looking for permanent members for our growing team. Of course, there will be a short try-out period to establish if both parties feel this new role is a good fit.

Working Hours: We’re looking for 37.5 hours per week, what would be assumed as industry standard for this role. We will be flexible but there will also be the odd occasion of usual timescales and client deadlines, which will require the team to hit targets for.

Working Schedule: As being part of a team effort, we would like to see collaboration and coordination with internal and external team members to ensure we are being efficient and progressing towards the same end goal – quality affordable homes!

Location: Our head office is in Cwmbran, Torfaen. Our sites are generally located across the South Wales region. Periodic site and supplier visits will be necessary during a project duration. Some see it as a way of experiencing our country’s beautiful landscape all year round.

Salary: We’ll be competitive of course. This will also depend on the conversation we have about your role and previous experience.

Diversity: We actively look to reflect the variety of our surroundings and welcome the widest diversity of applicants. It’s only your talent and experience that matter.

Perks: You’re helping provide crucially needed affordable homes across an ever-expanding population in Wales!


Also 3% pension contribution from us and auto enrolment after 12 weeks, mileage, training, support and development opportunities, 26 days annual leave a year plus bank holidays.

Skills + Qualifications?

  • Previous experience within the role, with at least 5 years experience, preferably within the affordable housing sector and/or care

  • Advantageous HND qualified, CIPS qualified or working towards

  • Confident individual with proven organisational and communication skills and the ability to coordinate activities in a fast-paced construction environment

  • Excellent organisation and self-management skills, self-motivated, flexible and with an enthusiastic approach to work

  • Good aptitude to negotiate with supply chain partners and form long-lasting relationships based on trust, collaboration and integrity.

  • Sound knowledge of associated departments, such as estimating, accounts, commercial and finance within a main contractor organisation.

  • Commercially aware

  • Innate attitude to seek improvements on current budgetary information for commercial or buildability enhancements

  • IT literate – We use Microsoft 365 for business as part of our management and communication platform. Working knowledge of MS Outlook, Excel and Word with the familiarity of the Internet for business use

Who we are

Pendragon Design and Build was formed in 1986.

Since then, we have been acting as main contractors in the South Wales region and specialise in new build residential development for registered social landlords across the region.

The near 40 year involvement in this sector has enabled us to develop strong relationships and reputations with our RSL client base and supporting supply chain, which has aided in the development of 1000's of new homes.

Pendragon wishes to continue aiding in the provision of much needed affordable homes across South Wales in the future and have exciting plans to direct the company towards these goals and more. As a foundation to all these targets sits our primary ethos to establish a collaborative working environment with all invested project stakeholders, to ensure the most efficient and highest quality product is available upon completion.



If you think that we may be a match, please do get in touch!


We’d like to see your CV and cover letter, along with anything extra you wish to send us to demonstrate why we might be a good fit.


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