Materials Planner & Buyer

  • Job Reference: GH133
  • Date Posted: 23 April 2021
  • Recruiter: Spider
  • Location: Norwich, Norfolk
  • Salary: £27,000 to £32,000
  • Sector: Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Materials Planner & Buyer

Spider Recruitment Services, the specialist recruitment division of Spider are currently working with a well-established manufacturing and engineering business based in at the north of Norwich who are now looking to add to their busy purchasing department.

The company

They have an outstanding reputation for manufacturing specialised parts for plenty of sectors, such as automotive, HGV, plant machinery, off highway equipment and military vehicles. The company have been established for over 60 years now and going from strength to strength due to the types of contracts they hold with their clients.

The role

This is a completely standalone position with clear progression for the right candidate. You will be reporting straight into the Production Director and will be working on your own in a key, pivotal role, working as a Materials Planner and Buyer. All guidance and training required will be given, however.


  • To implement new purchasing / buying strategies
  • To continually negotiate and reduce costs
  • To source, evaluate and secure costing for new material / component
  • Understand and be able to utilise MRP software
  • Regularly review and replenish stock levels accurately in demand of varying work loads
  • Make sure all materials meet specifications and quality standards
  • Improve supplier performance using data-based analytics (cost, lead-time controls, quality)
  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time and rectify mistakes and discrepancies.
  • Develop and maintain supplier relationships
  • Prepare purchase orders, bid proposals and review requisitions for goods and services
  • Negotiate and drive down pricing of all materials required by the company

Ideal candidate

  • Have a proven track record in supply-chain management and purchasing
  • Have a technical, engineering or manufacturing environment background
  • Have knowledge of purchasing within an MRP / ERP environment
  • Excellent negotiating and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, written & verbal

A basic starting salary of £27,000 - £32,000 is on offer along with a generous remuneration package so please apply by forwarding an up to date CV as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

This vacancy is being advertised and handled by Spider, an Online Job Advertiser and Specialist Recruiter, who provide recruitment services in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and beyond.

Additional keywords: Engineering, Machinery, OEM, Parts, Polishing, Cutting, Tooling, CNC, Factory, Workshop, CIPS, Buying, Planning, Materials, Scheduling, Production  

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