Lead Material Planner

Salary: £33,000 - £37,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27057-sw

Expiration date: 07 December 2017


Job Purpose: To lead a team of Material Planners to ensure material is available to support the build plan and any risks to supply are highlighted and resolved in a timely fashion to minimise the risk to production. To take the lead with problematic suppliers and liaise with the MP&L supplier development planner/CVE/Purchasing to develop corrective action plans and timings.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:
Lead a team of Material Planners that ensure:

  • Parts are available to meet minimum safety stock levels
  • Risks to supply continuity are identified and acted upon to minimise the impact to production.
  • Obsolescence does not result from engineering changes or new model revisions / introductions
  • Where shortages arise, swift action is taken to minimise the impact on production and solutions are communicated to all impacted stakeholders
  • Issue resolution for shortages that result in the prevention of repeat issues
  • Ensure supplier performance data is captured and updated in SPRS for line stoppages, miss fits & arrears to support corrective action plans and supplier selection process.
  • Supplier demand is forecast and communicated to the supply base; proactive discussions take place to predict and prevent issues impacting production.
  • Recover costs incurred as a result of supplier failure back from the supply base.
  • Minimise the need for direct deliveries (rather than planned pick-ups) and emergency shipments
  • Manage the emergency delivery budget
  • Liaise with aftermarket parts business to supply parts where this is commercially viable

Key Performance Indicators:

  • On time in full supply of parts to delivery schedule.
  • Arrears – number of suppliers and number of parts.
  • Parts missed point of fit and line stops.
  • Value of obsolescence related to model changes, engineering changes and overmax stock levels
  • Under emergency delivery budget

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Extensive material planning experience essential
  • Extensive team management capability essential
  • Use of ERP systems
  • An awareness of the Company’s  Production System / Lean Manufacturing would be an advantage.
  • Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, together with the ability to work accurately and efficiently, taking resourceful action during periods of considerable pressure.
  • Automotive manufacturing experience desirable.
  • High degree of MS Office knowledge is essential (with emphasis on Excel).
  • Degree or Higher diploma qualified or equivalent preferable.