Material Planner / Buyer

Posted 01 June 2022
Job type Permanent
Contact NameAnthony Andrews

Job description

The Role

The Material Planner / Buyer will support the Purchasing Manager with a hands on attitude to supplier and demand management. The role is an integral part of the Purchasing team and requires strong experience of MRP and excellent negotiation and communication skills.


  • Using JD Edwards ERP/MRP system, the buyer will manage all aspects of supply and demand within a sizeable commodity group from suppliers, logistics, inventory control and NPI.
  • Buying product for production builds and parts sale demand, communicating availability to stakeholders.
  • Responsibility for all communication to their supplier including quality issues, supply issues and new product introductions.
  • Handle negotiation of contracts and prices with current and potential new suppliers.
  • Attendance at meetings and provide information relative to the introduction of new products.
  • Make available details of products purchased that are likely to impact product build and spare part sales and provide an action plan to alleviate supply issues.
  • Report on non-availability for spare sales and or production shortages via the ERP system.
  • Minimise stocks without jeopardising part availability.
  • Involvement in process to manage returns to suppliers.
  • Ensuring engineering changes are addressed with supplier where required.
  • Participate in make versus buy projects.
  • Ongoing development of the purchasing systems and ordering process.
  • Manage specific specialised projects as requested.
  • Using data both current and historical to plan raw material demand.


  • Good level of education ideally within an engineering discipline.
  • CIPS qualification or working to achieve CIPS would be beneficial.
  • Experience of working as a buyer within a Purchasing function in heavy industry.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of delivering cost reduction plans.
  • Knowledge of ERP/MRP systems - ideally JD Edwards.
  • Excellent IT skills particularly Excel.
  • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Analytical skills and problem solving.
  • Experience of OEM or 1st Tier operation a bonus.

Salary dependant on experience.

Based in Ludlow, Shropshire.

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.