Commercial Assistant


Job Details


Normanton - Commercial

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Working Pattern

Full Time



Closing Date

28/02/2020 17:30

About IPL

At IPL our role is to improve the shopping experience of the Asda customer by driving great value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, and sustainable supply chain partner. Our sustainable sourcing model supports Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives.

We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK and we have thousands of colleagues based across multiple sites.

About the site

Normanton is home to our head office and is also the largest of our operational sites where we pack fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.

Several of our support functions are based here as well as the majority of our Commercial and Buying teams. Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day and 364 days a year, employing over 700 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Production Operatives to Technical Managers, Business Unit Administrators to IT Specialists.

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Commercial Assistant to join the IPL team based at our Head Office in Normanton, West Yorkshire. Working as part of the Produce team, you will support the Senior Buyer and Management Accountant by ensuring that all daily administration tasks are complete and queries are resolved efficiently.

This is 12 month Fixed term contract position. The hours of work are: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm. 1 weekend in every 7 working Saturday.


Key duties will include:

  • Liaising with buyers and planners to ascertain purchase order information and ensuring that it is recorded accurately

  • Ensuring all relevant accounting reports including category invoices, check reports and daily claims are recorded and up to date on a daily/weekly basis

  • Carrying out all preliminary checks on invoices, ensuring expected costs are still accurate, querying any differences, and investigating and amending any anomalies

  • Maintaining open communication with all internal and external customers and highlighting any potential issues to the Senior Buyer/Management Accountant

  • Liaise with Accounts Payable to ensure any additional charges are applied to the PO once the charge information is agreed by the Buyer

Required Skills and Experience

  • Educated to GCSE level A, B or C (or equivalent) in Maths and English

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel – (Intermediate or above desirable)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • High attention to detail and ability to prioritise

  • Able to use own initiative working in a fast paced environment

  • Able to methodically analyse and process technical information

  • Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels of the business, as well as external customers

  • ‘Can do’ attitude and proactive approach to the role

  • NVQ Business Administration (Desirable)

  • Prophet System Experience (Desirable)

What's in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return you will become a valued part of our team on a permanent basis and we will offer you a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

  • 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays)

  • Annual Bonus Scheme

  • Enhanced Pension Scheme

  • 10% Asda Discount (terms and conditions apply)

  • Life assurance (4x base salary)

  • Health and wellbeing assistance programme

  • Free Parking

  • Training and Development appropriate to your role



Your place in our world

Team Leader - Commercial Assistants
Commercial Assistant