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Lead Buyer/Planner

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Skelmersdale, Lancashire
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 10/08/2017
  • Job reference: J371948A

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Lead Buyer/Planner

Until End of Year + Scope



The Role

Be critical member of the materials management team, being responsible for procuring material/services at the right quantity, at the right time and as per specification at the lowest overall cost to the business from a pre-defined base of suppliers. Make critical decision on how to fulfil requirements and how inventory levels are impacted. Maintain day to day communication with suppliers, develop relationships, track and improve supplier performance, drive vendor recovery, organize and track inbound shipment.

Establish production plan that meets the customer's request date, while ensuring lowest overall cost to the business. Provides information to the business on status and projected results based on the plan vs. actual.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Shortage and inventory reduction via development and deployment of replenishment strategy
  • Manage/negotiate with suppliers (internal/external), improve performance and implement early warning indicators
  • Analysis of supply base and recommendations for cost out
  • Root cause analysis of shortages and driving actions
  • Analysis and improvement of existing processes
  • Raise and manage MOs, WOs and POs
  • Maintain relevant sections of ERP
  • Learn and apply lean tools
  • Production scheduling
  • Vendor recovery

Essential Criteria:

  • In depth experience of ERP systems' planning and/or procurement modules
  • Proven analytical & structured approach to problem solving
  • Confident use of excel including functions, pivot tables
  • Proven use of statistical tools to identify and drive process improvement
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment or independently on multiple projects with strict completion deadlines
  • Good writing skills, accuracy and an eye for detail
  • Demonstrated time management capability
  • Drives and embraces change

Fluency in spoken and written English

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