MRP Material Planner/Senior Buyer

  • Job Reference: 00001644-1
  • Date Posted: 14 April 2021
  • Recruiter: McConnel Ltd
  • Location: Ludlow, Shropshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description


Ludlow, Shropshire

The Company

McConnel is a multi-award-winning British manufacturing company that is leading the way as the world’s number one supplier of Power Arm and green maintenance technology. Based in Ludlow, Shropshire, McConnel offers a comprehensive product portfolio including hedge and verge mowers, self-propelled sprayers and spreaders, cultivation and seeding machinery as well an innovative range of remote-control machinery.

The Role: 

  • Supporting 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 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.

    Key Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Work proactively to prevent problems.
  • 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 pproblem-solving Experience of OEM or 1st Tier operation a bonus.
  • Using data both current and historical to plan raw material demand


Please apply via email including CV and a covering letter to with indication of salary expectations.

Closing Date for applications  14th May 2021