Material Planner

Rate: £16.00 - £18.00 per hour

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Contract

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27993-sw

Expiration date: 20 January 2018


Job Purpose: To schedule and control the supply of components/materials to meet immediate production requirements and forward production programmes consistent with attaining target stock levels. To be aware of all factors that affects or may affect availability of use/fitment for all parts controlled.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Generate and communicate supplier material delivery schedules to ensure that they correctly reflect requirements to meet immediate and future production demands.
  • Assure supply of materials to meet the production schedule and / or minimum safety stock levels. 
  • Understand and manage risks to the material supply plan to minimise impact on the production schedule.
  • Take the lead in co-ordinating the implementation of modifications with the supply base to minimise obsolete stock and assure material availability.
  • Initiate inventory management and stock adjustments when required, to maintain continued accuracy and reliability of stock records.
  • Key liaison with the Logistics Provider and Inventory Analysis Team to ensure inventory record accuracy.
  • Develop supplier relationships to allow constructive discussions to take place regarding delivery KPI improvements on behalf of the business. Lead and co-ordinate improvement plans with suppliers that are not performing.
  • Negotiate with supplier, the finance for “special transport” to ensure costs are kept to an absolute minimum, whilst maintaining material availability.
  • Where quality problems threaten production continuity, raise containments/rework requests, organize rework required, obtain suppliers authorization for cost where applicable to enable release of goods not confirming to Engineering specification.
  • Lead quantity related invoice queries.
  • Assist Accounts Department in resolution of price related invoice queries. 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 linestops.
  • Number and age of quantity related invoice queries.
  • Value of obsolescence related to model changes, engineering changes and overmax stock levels.


Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience in Material Planning & Logistics or material planning desired, ideally in the automotive industry
  • An awareness of Aston Martin 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 components experience desirable.
  • Computer Literate essential.
  • Degree or Higher diploma qualified or equivalent preferable.