Materials Buyer

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Salary Description
per annum
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Materials Planner

Bideford upon Avon

£35,000 - £37,000 & 5%




To create and manage material PO’s to ensure adequate piece parts to fulfil the production plan.

Manage supplier relationships, agree areas and actions for improvements in OTIF schedule adherence.




  • Review MRP output and create and transmit PO’s to suppliers.
  • Generate forecast schedules from IFS and send to suppliers.
  • Update IFS with confirmed promised delivery dates received from suppliers.
  • Expedite supplier PO acknowledgments.
  • Establish PO’s that are past due and expedite as required
  • Inform Production Planners of delivery shortfalls.
  • Manage Supplier On-Time Delivery, working with Suppliers and Logistics Providers
  • Manage supplier related data within IFS ensuring accuracy and timely update.
  • Organize outbound and inbound transportation as required.
  • Create Distribution Order and Delivery Note etc. for receipt of material into DCs
  • Actively seek solutions to supply/supplier difficulties before informing Procurement
  • of any issues that cannot be resolved.
  • Tactical Supplier relationship Management (e.g., L/T, Lot size, Kanban, Regular communication)
  • Supplier Management including price negotiation based on spend parameters set
  • Regular Issuance of Forecasts to Suppliers
  • Ensure revised specifications and drawings are issued to Suppliers in a timely manner
  • Create and distribute reports relating to the production schedule as required.
  • Advise on any inconsistencies/inefficiencies within MRP master data as appropriate.
  • Seek ways to improve current processes on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure that you as an associate meet the requirements regarding Quality and GMP issues as detailed in the Company Quality Policy.
  • Other duties as required.





  • Previous experience within a Materials Planning environment.
  • Strong analytical and numerate skills required.
  • Competent with MS office applications and operating with ERP systems
  • Effective communication and influencing skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with manufacturing, demand and material planning.
  • Understanding of Export Documentation & Requirements





  • 3 Years of Material Planning experience.
  • Good level of education.
  • Able to work reasonable overtime if required
  • A qualification in Production Inventory Management (e.g. APICS CPIM), Purchasing (e.g. CIPS) or other relevant qualification or willing to work towards, is desirable
  • Ability to work within a multifunctional team and be a fully supporting member of that team.
  • The ability to prioritise your day and able to work under pressure when required



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