Materials Planner

Job Description

Materials Planner  
Purpose of Role:
To plan and purchase all materials for specified warehouses in order to meet customer demand whilst optimising levels to balance delivery performance against stock holding. Carry out analysis & reporting related to stock levels both current & forecast.
 
Key Result Areas & Responsibilities:
Lead regional demand planning and management of inventory, for finished goods and raw materials in excess of 300 SKU's: provide input into the demand planning process to capture regional activities and trends.
Manage B2B customer order operations / daily communication and actions; taking timely actions as necessary.
Develop existing forecast and supply programs to improve current days of inventory and cash cycle.
Analyse inventory levels and demands to determine reorder levels and safety stocks that will ensure product availability and minimise inventory costs.  
Drive, promote and develop positive and constant communications with key business partners to improve forecast accuracy.  
Partner with global supply planner to ensure allocation and plans meet regional demand requirements, accounting for seasonality and product life-cycle.
Oversee and facilitate all inventory and manufacturing order transactions within the ERP system.
Track and escalate inventory logistics as needed to ensure on time arrival.
Monitor, maintain and analyse current inventory Trends, Metrics and Goals.  
Manage and generate inventory adjustments and transfers in ERP system.
Managing the complete purchase process from intercompany supply and external vendors
Update and adapt product forecasts in conjunction with the sales team and customers on a regular basis, in order to meet the demand profile.
Monitor performance of the suppliers and raise complaints where required through the complaints database.
Advising the customer services team of any potential issues that may affect their orders and working to resolve these.
Investigating and processing complaints and invoice queries.
   
Ideal Background - Education and Experience:  
Experience with an ERP / planning system (ideally SAP).
Degree in a numerate subject desired.
Education to 'A' level standard or equivalent.
Proven + relevant professional experience.
Experience of working in a high pressure and volume environment.
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
Experience in building strong working relationships both internally and externally.  
Personal Attributes - Capabilities and Skills:
 
Candidates must have demonstrated high-level analytical skills, including MS excel, data-mining software and other analysis tools.
Ability to create high-level analytic reports, insights, summaries and recommendations: strong Excel data modelling skills and analysis work required.
Ability to manage product life-cycle through EOL.
Comfortable navigating systems and ability to adapt quickly to new systems / support UAT.
Proven people skills required: ability to professionally manage external partners, and react efficiently and promptly.
Team-worker essential, with excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
Self-starter with high levels of motivation.
Willingness to “muck-in” as part of a small, closely-knit team.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
 
Salary: £25,000 - £30,00