Buyer and Materials Planner

The Role

The Buyer and Materials planner’s role and key responsibilities will be purchasing raw materials, consumables, and equipment for the business. This will include all day to day and Ad Hoc purchases.

Working as part of a small team, The Buyer and Materials planner will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and supervision of all materials and services, to ensure that the required equipment and goods are procured in line with quality and regulatory expectations whilst meeting manufacturing demands.

The Buyer and Materials planner will take responsibility for negotiating the best prices in line with the MOQ’s, ensure the suppliers adhere to KPI’s and goods are on time, and to ensure all orders for raw material, consumables and requisitions are dealt with promptly.

Responsibilities include

  • To Process orders and monitor manufacturing usages to predict material and consumable usage to ensure material availability for manufacturing.
  • Buy and schedule material and consumables as needed.
  • Co-ordinate delivery dates and shipping details with suppliers.
  • Optimise MOQ’s and lead times for suppliers so that production demands are met whilst managing inventory.
  • To ensure the necessary controls are maintained throughout the organisation to guarantee the integrity of the MPR system and our purchasing procedures.
  • Cost benchmarking of consumable items.
  • Managing and responding to general queries relating to purchase of materials, suppliers and transport processes.
  • Support the Operations Meeting by providing and updating information relating to supply threats and opportunities.
  • Identify cost savings by research into specific material categories and provide information to the Operations Manager detailing supply proposals.
  • Work closely with the Manufacturing team and to understand forward planning of materials.
  • Support Supplier compliance by liaising with the Quality Team to evaluate & monitor Suppliers.
  • Working with the warehousing Team, support the receipt of purchased materials and services and keep detailed records of purchases and stocks.
  • Responsible for the management of the inventory across key categories to maintain consistency of supply to relevant departments.


• 26 days of annual leave
• 3% Employer Pension Contribution
• Income protection scheme and Private medical cover
• Cycle to work scheme

Skills & Abilities

  • Previous buying experience, Manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Firm understanding of MRP/ ERP systems.
  • High attention to detail and able to deliver to a high standard within rigid timeframes.
  • A methodical and organised approach to tasks.
  • Being able to multi-task and prioritise effectively.
  • Proactive, with good problem-solving skills, able to make decisions independently.
  • Awareness of Supplier Management techniques & KPIs.

Specific goals and targets

  • To ensure all tasks are dealt with in a swift manor.
  • To achieve best cost practices and show savings across the board.
  • To work with suppliers to ensure OTIF delivery is adhered to.
  • To liaise with manufacturing to ensure there is no delays in production.

Security Level: BPSS

Reporting to: Purchasing Manager

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