The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty chemical company whose science delivers sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales, and technical offices around the world and has about 8,000 employees. For more information, visit

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognise unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.

The role

At Lubrizol, we have a growing student community in the UK across a number of roles. As a purchasing assistant, you will be part of a small team of skilled professionals which services varied purchasing requirements for Equipment, Supplies, and Services principally at the Hazelwood site.

What you will be doing:

  • Liaising with internal customers, suppliers and colleagues
  • Responsible for sourcing goods and services that meet the requirements of the internal customer
  • Communicating and building relationships with suppliers to fulfil the needs of the business.
  • Working closely with the Stores department on stock level replenishment, timely and accurate deliveries and ensuring the quality of all deliveries.
  • Use computer systems to process purchase orders and resolve goods receipt and invoice queries to ensure timely payment to suppliers.
  • Responsible for ensuring maintenance and service contracts are in date and uploaded on to contract database.
  • Ensure that chosen contractors have sufficient documentation i.e. up to date insurances that are accessible on contractor management system.

What you will need

  • Studying towards business related degree including a year in industry, achieving a 2:1 or above. Will accept joint honours with one of the subjects being Business.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and appropriately manage priorities, whilst completing work within target dates
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office packages and related common business software
  • Keen interest in commercial aspects of business along with an enthusiasm for building collaborative relationships

This role will appeal to someone who wants the opportunity to have a direct impact on organisational growth and margins, whilst working with a variety of stakeholders. A keen interest in problem solving and being able to prioritise workload is also ideal.

Why Lubrizol?

We know that Lubrizol is not a common household name, so it may surprise you to know that our products and technologies are in the things that you use every day- from surfaces and fluids in the vehicles you drive, to shampoo, medicines, to the clothes that you wear.

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, combines our unique chemistry expertise, formulation and applications capabilities, and market insights to positively impact the lives of our customer’s end users around the globe.

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 33 days holiday (including 8 bank holidays)
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Potential to support Final Year Project
  • Subsidised Sports and Social Club (Some Locations)
  • Subsidised on site restaurant facility (Some Locations)
  • Free Car Parking

Together, we are Lubrizol: Where science excels, and people make a difference.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol. Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving. Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities. We are talented people working together to solve problems and improve lives through science. We are making a difference, and we will never stop pushing to do it better.

Lubrizol is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Our application process is very straightforward, simply create a short profile and upload your CV and cover letter. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the placement and have completed a minimum of 2 years of an undergraduate degree but not graduated before the start of the placement.