Materials Planner/Buyer - Redditch

£28000 - £33000 + Up to £33k dependant on experience

Job Description

Materials Planner/Buyer


£28,000-£33,000 d.o.e.


Undertake best in class application of material scheduling and procurement processes, in order to maintain 100% material availability for customer orders, whilst minimising inventory exposure.

Support the achievement of best in class standards in EHS, Quality, Delivery and Cost Management as part of the Operations team.

  • Plan and place material purchase orders to ensure that material flow to the plant is in line with the customer demand/company plan (MPS/MRP)
  • Where necessary, identify and implement new sourcing opportunities in conjunction with the Purchasing team.
  • Where necessary, identify supply chain improvement opportunities and work with the Purchasing team to implement changes such as price reduction, logistics improvements etc.
  • Expedite orders and maintain supplier delivery performance in order to maintain the production plan.
  • Control the use of consignment stock, kanban, and other order systems as required.
  • Actively manage Supplier Delivery performance through the use of KPI's and routine performance reviews with critical suppliers.
  • Actively utilise the business ERP system, SAP, to manage and communicate Material scheduling and buying activities, including the use of standardised reporting.
  • Control the process of non-conforming product (goods returns/rework, scrap, etc), and actively liaise with suppliers regarding replacement/reworked material in order to maintain the production plan.
  • Manage and report Inventory levels in line with business targets - driving improvement and reduction in inventory levels wherever appropriate.
  • Drive the achievement of Material Buy/Plan KPI's such as Supplier OTD, Material availability/Clean to Build Status, Inventory turns & Value.
  • Ensure the understanding, implementation and compliance with relevant company procedures.
  • Support the purchasing of Indirect items as and when required.
  • Support the application of safe, healthy and environmentally sound working practices within the Operations team.



  • Degree Qualified or equivalent


Key Competencies:

  • Experienced Material Purchasing/Planning with high levels of competency in ERP/MRP management, supplier negotiations including pricing and delivery terms agreement.
  • Strong capabilities within SAP and Microsoft Excel - high levels of reporting proficiency.
  • Good basic Engineering understanding, able to read engineering drawings