Materials Planner

  • Contract
  • Cork

Website Ref:TPM04607

Our client, a biopharmaceutical company located in Cork, is looking for a Materials Planner/Buyer. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and the purchase of components needed for production. The incumbent will be part of a team which optimizes the flow of materials (order to release) while considering warehouse capacities and inventory targets in order to eliminate potential disruptions in the storage, storage costs and materials scrap.


  • Develop & execute the Materials Requirement Plan by ensuring efficient and effective procurement & inventory practices and optimizing the balance between quality, service, reliability and cost to ensure that patient / customer requirements are met while maintaining compliance.
  • Ensure a key focus on master data of materials in Oracle to ensure correct signals are received in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all material delivery schedules are communicated to the suppliers on time in order to meet planned requirements.
  • Maintain raw material and consumable inventories within target, while minimizing excess, obsolete and expired materials.
  • Communicate when required at site meetings, any potential impacts to the production schedule, supplier reliability/service issues.
  • Escalate as appropriate through site and global forums to ensure issues/criticalities are resolved in a timely fashion.
  • Interface with Quality and Warehouse staff regarding any rejected / defective materials, making the necessary physical arrangements with the supplier.
  • Support Scenario planning when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, planning function, by performing material feasibility analysis.
  • Liaise with suppliers to clarify potential plan constraints and interfaces between supplier and the key internal stakeholders to ensure issue resolution.
  • Support operational readiness activities where required.
  • In collaboration with Global Procurement, manage the supplier and materials selection process with supplier agreements where applicable.
  • In collaboration with procurement to ensure the new material qualification process is managed and new materials created and set-up sufficiently on Oracle to ensure accurate and efficient planning and purchasing.
  • Partner with Procurement to drive supplier performance improvement, including quality and on-time delivery in line with production schedule.
  • Track and report site level supplier service performance, communicating the information to the relevant parties where relevant.
  • Execute potential deviations to the plan assessing with the supplier the feasibility of such changes, rapidly highlighting to the affected internal stakeholders if the changes are not possible from a materials/consumable’s perspective.
  • Liaise with warehouse to understand and adhere to space constraints, managing inventory levels within agreed targets.
  • Effectively partner with all internal and external business partners, while also leading and influencing cross functional teams to ensure the best possible solution to problems.
  • Focus on and encourage continuous improvements of the process being supported (e.g. MRP signal improvement initiative).
  • Develop and project manages local and global programs to deliver continuous improvement in KPI’s including Customer Service, Inventory and Cost.
  • Align with strategies and realization of departmental and business goals.
  • Co-ordination and completion of required compliance process activities including Change Control, Deviations, Events & CAPAs.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A minimum of an Honour’s Degree (NFQ level 8) in Supply Chain Management or other related Business discipline is essential.
  • Supply Chain Certification is preferred e.g. APICS.
  • Project Management or Lean Certification is desirable.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant Supply Chain Management experience is required.
  • Experience in Planning/Purchasing in a pharmaceutical environment with strong technical/systems background is desirable.
  • Experience of Oracle would be beneficial, but ERP system competency is essential.
  • Power BI or similar data analytics visual tool knowledge is desirable but not essential.

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