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2024 Graduate - Procurement Assistant

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Laing O'Rourke


1mo ago

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  • You must be eligible to work in the UK, have full mobility, strong numeracy and literacy skills, and a degree with a 2:2 classification or higher for this graduate procurement assistant role at Laing O'Rourke.
  • You will support the Procurement Line Manager in implementing project procurement strategies, managing tender processes, developing supplier relationships, ensuring compliance, and promoting cost-effective solutions and innovation.

Graduate Job



  • A Graduate Procurement Assistant will progress through to the role Assistant Procurement Manager over the period of the programme. They will work within the Procurement team under the guidance of their Procurement Line Manager and Professional Mentor, alongside other members of the Procurement team to carry out and promise ethical procurement practices.  
  • They will work either within our central Procurement team or on-site based project carrying out procurement activities and supporting the delivery of major construction projects and the Business as a whole.  
  • The Procurement Assistant is part of the Procurement Job Family, which is there to ensure technical excellence, assurance and performance across all projects and opportunities from pre-project, early engagement and work winning through to detailed delivery.  


  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable
  • Full mobility as you may be required to relocate for your role
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills
  • A degree course with a clear route to professional accreditation
  • Your degree classification should be 2:2 or higher
  • Entry degrees will be listed within each of our graduate vacancies and differ from role to role

Education requirements

2:2 or higher

Area of Responsibilities



  • To develop an understanding procurement and commercial principles of the function
  • To assist the Procurement Line Manager in the implementation of individual Project Procurement strategy.
  • To assist Work Winning activity, or project/head office transactions as required.
  • Whilst under supervision, assist with the Procurement process of subcontractors, materials, plant and services, in accordance with the Business Procurement Strategy and the individual Project(s) Procurement strategy, including but not limited to;
  • Sourcing and formally agreeing an appropriate supply chain (inclusive of vendor management process);
  • Compiling robust tender enquiries;
  • Managing the formal tender process;
  • Conducting a full commercial and technical review of all tender returns through engagement with other specialist functions (i.e. HSE, technical compliance, quality, commercial, construction, planning, contractual services/ legal, logistics, industrial relations etc), as appropriate;
  • Actioning the tender negotiation process;
  • Providing robust and complete recommendations for formal award approval(s);
  • Drafting, issue and execution of contracts, in accordance with LOR guidelines and Corporate governance;
  • Supply chain performance management and reporting.
  • Develop an understanding and promote the use of in-house opportunities through Design for Manufacture (DFMA) and self-delivery.
  • To apply ethical procurement practices and consistent approach to the procurement of goods and services to ensuring compliance with the LOR corporate governance and Procurement best practice throughout the Procurement process and the supply chain.
  • To become informed of and keep abreast of changes in legislation, best practice guidelines etc that affect the supply chain and markets.
  • Whilst under supervision, develop and maintain professional working relationships with suppliers, sub-contractors and service providers, who are committed and aligned to LOR's Values and will provide best value to LOR and support LOR as a Contractor of first choice.
  • To assist the Procurement Line Manager in the provision of a safe, robust and appropriate supply chain to deliver LOR's Business needs.
  • To deliver internal Customer satisfaction throughout the Procurement process and lifecycle of the Project.
  • Begins studying towards the Procurement professional qualification.
  • To gather management information and collate reports in accordance with line management and functional requirements.
  • Practical application of Procurement; tools, techniques, data sources, analysis (i.e. price comparisons and sub-contractor quotations) and reporting in accordance with core procurement processes.
  • To upskill product knowledge including development and innovation of materials, products and systems that may increase competitive advantage and cost-effective solutions.
  • To consolidate knowledge and understanding of supply chains and their interaction with LOR.
  • Begin to develop negotiation skills
  • Keep your manager fully advised of any issue/risk which has arisen or might arise, and which could affect the business/project


Work type

Full time

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