Purchasing Manager

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Salary Description
per annum
Contract Type

Purchasing Manager


£45,000 - £50,000


  • Manage and complete the application of best in class processes for master production planning and material planning and procurement processes, in order to maintain 100% OTD commitment to customer orders, whilst managing Inventory levels within targeted levels.
  • Support the achievement of best in class standards in EHS, Quality, Delivery and Cost Management as part of the Operations team.



Typical Job Accountabilities                                                                                                                                         

  • Create and maintain the Master production plan, utilising appropriate standardised scheduling methodologies such as repetitive scheduling, constraint based finite scheduling, and kanban scheduling, in order to maintain 100% OTD commitment to customer orders.
  • Own and maintain the Master production schedule (MPS) within the business ERP system, SAP, and supervise the running and output of MRP.
  • Issue production plans to production, including the raising of works orders, and work with Production supervision to ensure that they are rigorously followed and maintained.                                
  • Lead the application of the S&OP process from a Production Planning perspective - analysing, agreeing and reporting key forecast changes - and implementing into MPS and MRP.                                                
  • Supervise order intake - either directly through reporting lines - or indirectly through oversight of others - in order to ensure that production and supply chain capacity are not exceeded with a view to maintaining OTD performance.
  • Supervise the Material Buyer/Planners in the completion of sound material planning processes including MRP scheduling, vendor schedule management, MRP parameter maintenance, and kanban management with a view to maintaining 100% material availability whilst minimising inventory exposure.                                                                
  • Supervise the Material Buyer/Planners in the application of 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.
  • Supervise the achievement of Material Buy/Plan KPI's such as Supplier OTD, Material availability/Clean to Build Status, Inventory turns & Value
  • Act as a point of escalation, and escalate further when necessary, for material expediting and de-expediting requirements - drive a 'bias for action' mentality within the Planning team.                                                
  • Where appropriate, supervise the Customer Service reps in the completion of Order Acceptance activities, and in the communication with Customers regarding delivery performance issues and concerns.                                                                                
  • Interface with Production Supervision to plan production labour availability, and ensure accurate production reporting within SAP.
  • Supervise the management of 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 Production and Material scheduling and buying activities, including the use of standardised reporting.                                
  • Actively maintain key SAP data and reports to ensure order book and production order system cleanliness.                                                                                                                
  • Manage and report Inventory levels in line with business targets - driving improvement and reduction in inventory levels wherever appropriate.
  • Support the stock take process and perpetual inventory/cycle count process - oversee the effectiveness of these processes in order to maintain stock accuracy, which maintains stock availability.                                                                
  • Lead the Planning team and provide direction, motivation and leadership through the application of sound management practices including Performance Appraisals, Management reviews and where necessary Disciplinary action.
  • Ensure the understanding, implementation and compliance with relevant company procedures.                                                                                                
  • Support the application of safe, healthy and environmentally sound working practices within the Operations team.

The above statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required.                                                                                                                                        


Critical Outputs and Achievement Required                                                                                                                                          

  • Creation and maintenance of a stable and achievable MPS which achieves consistent 100% OTD performance.
  • Inventory levels in line with business targets
  • Supplier Delivery performance managed to targeted levels                








Education and Experience                                                                                                                                             

  • Experienced Production Planning and Material Purchasing/Planning professional with high levels of competency in ERP/MRP management having worked in varied batch and repetitive manufacturing environments.                                                                                                
  • Strong capabilities within SAP (super-user preferred) and Microsoft Excel - the highest levels of reporting proficiency
  • Good basic Engineering understanding, able to read engineering drawings.                                                
  • Preferably degree qualified



Competency Framework                                                                                                                                

  • A Production Planning and Material Planning/Purchasing expert, high levels of capability and demonstrable experience in implementing successful change in a Planning function.                                                


  • Up to 5 direct reports. Budget to be set as part of annual budget process. Functioning as part of Supervisory team.





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