Erwin Hymer Group UK are a leading manufacturer of Caravans, Campervans and Motorhomes. There have been major investments made to secure the future of the Consett site and the success of the company is based upon a policy to provide customers with a quality product.

We are one of the largest employers in the area and have many exciting opportunities available. Whether you are currently out of work, or are seeking a new career path, the opportunities at Erwin Hymer Group could be perfect for you. Our thriving manufacturing plant is at the heart of our company and is growing in both size and success.

We are looking for a Purchasing Assistant to join our team! 

Job Title: Purchasing Assistant 

Reporting To: Materials Management Team Leader

Purpose of Role:

Administration duties maintaining our System software and its database, also co-ordination and support of processes / activities relating to materials management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation and maintenance of all system database records and processes within the businesses ERP system (Avante)
  • Maintenance of key system/component parameters which support other key areas of the business including, Finance, Development, Manufacturing, Materials Management, Logistics, Purchasing, and Customer Care.
  • Capture, creation, and maintenance of component digital images, and any subcomponent bill of material (parent child relationships). in order to support our retail web-based customer care systems.
  • Compilation, input, control, and maintenance of parent and component product costs, ensuring that the system costing and purchasing price databases are accurately maintained.
  • Batch & Material work order control activities, including batch progress monitoring, maintenance of work orders, Inventory & cost variance transactions.
  • Request, process & maintenance, of vendor component prices and other related supplier component information.
  • Labour routing cost control, involving attending meetings and producing standard labour routings.
  • Maintenance of component aftermarket selling prices.
  • Co-ordination of customer requirements and associated documentation (Configs, MRP purchasing reports, picking documentation, Kanban signals etc).
  • Support and administration of inventory control activities and variance investigations.
  • Liaison with Key Operatives, Purchasing Manager and Cost accountant regarding purchase price variances.
  • Work within and provide cover for the team during periods of absence i.e. Training, Vendor visits, Meetings, Projects etc.
  • Capture of statistical data to produce key performance indicator information.
  • Generation and maintenance of departmental process related standard operation procedures in pre-defined business format.
  • Participation in 5S, and other continuous improvement initiative
  • Any other reasonable duties as required

Person Specification - Purchasing Assistant


  • 5 GCSE’s Grade A-C/4-9 including Maths and English or equivalent
  • Desirable - L3 in Business Administration or equivalent
  • Desirable - L2 in Business Improvement Techniques or equivalent


  • Experience of working with IT software and systems (e.g. Word)
  • Desirable - Experience of working in busy office environment
  • Desirable - Experience of working under high pressure


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Adaptable and responsive to change
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work on own initiative but also in a team

What you’ll receive

You’ll receive a competitive wage and great benefits including:

  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Pension with matched contributions (up to 5%)
  • Occupational Health
  • Free on-site parking
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle 2 work scheme
  • Training opportunities

What’s more, you will get the pride that comes from seeing our final product leave the factory. As successful as we have been previously, we have so much more to offer. That’s where you come in, join us today!

If you are interested in any of our positions, please send in your CV to with the job you are applying for as the subject.

Any queries about the roles please contact HR on 01207 699 000.