Purchasing Assistant

Salary: Depending on experience
Hours: 8 hour shift, 3-5 days (negotiable)
Location: Plymouth, Devon

The Role:

As a Purchasing Assistant at Altilium, you will play a crucial role in supporting our procurement activities, ensuring the timely and cost-effective acquisition of materials necessary for our battery recycling operations. The successful candidate will work closely with the COO and in future the Purchasing Manager and other cross-functional teams to maintain an efficient supply chain and contribute to the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

What You’ll Do:

Vendor Management:

  • Identify and evaluate potential suppliers, negotiating terms and conditions to ensure favorable agreements for the company.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing suppliers, monitoring their performance, and addressing any issues promptly.

Purchase Order Processing:

  • Generate purchase orders accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the finance team to ensure accurate and timely invoice processing.

Inventory Control:

  • Implement effective inventory management strategies to ensure the availability of materials for uninterrupted production in processing plant.

Cost Negotiation:

  • Assist in negotiating prices, terms, and contracts with suppliers to achieve cost savings.
  • Research and recommend cost-effective alternatives.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Maintain accurate records of purchases, pricing, and inventory levels.
  • Prepare regular reports for management, highlighting key performance indicators and areas for improvement.

Compliance and Sustainability:

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards in the procurement process.
  • Contribute to the company’s sustainability initiatives by promoting environmentally responsible sourcing practices.

What You’ll Bring:

As a minimum you should have:

  • Previous experience in purchasing or procurement, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with procurement software.

About Us:

Altilium is a UK-based clean technology group supporting the transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon.

Our vision is for a circular and domestic EV battery supply chain, where the critical minerals powering the energy transition are safely recovered from recycling end-of-life EV batteries and mine tailings, saving natural resources and reducing mining.

We are developing the green processing technologies and building at-scale recycling infrastructure to decarbonise the automotive supply chain, providing the lowest carbon, most eco-friendly battery materials for a cleaner transport future.

This is your opportunity to be in at the beginning of the sixth wave industrial revolution, providing circular energy solutions to the UK and Europe as part of a global team.

We’re working to be an inclusive employer and we encourage people from all backgrounds, ways of thinking and working to apply. We love that everyone brings different perspectives and experiences.

We strive to eliminate any barriers that might prevent individuals from showcasing their skills and qualifications. If you require adjustments at any stage of the application process or to the role, please let us know and we’ll see how we can accommodate them.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to Commute:

  • Plymouth (preferred)

Work Location: In person

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