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Job Title: Buyer/Planner
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Cork
REF: 84750
Job Published: about 2 years ago

Job Description


Our client, a medical device company in Cork are currently looking to recruit a Buyer/Planner for their site in Cork on a 12 month contract.

The primary purpose of this job is to Plan the Manufacturing and Positioning of Cork made Product to ensure Customer and Business Requirements are successfully met.


  • Responsible for the effective coordination of the material planning, purchasing and production scheduling function and ensuring timely delivery to customers of finished products.
  • Identifies raw material and component requirements for production from engineering and production spec. Monitors planning modules or production planning system with current lead times, and related information.
  • Collects information regarding raw material, component and related requirements from engineering and production specifications and schedules.
  • Prepares schedules and ensures timely completion of work orders for manufacturing purposes.
  • Identify and drive opportunities to improve investment through inventory entitlement model for applicable production line
  • Analyses product demand, sales patters, and forecasts, as well as production specifications and plant and supplier capacity data.
  • Reviews capacity loads and identifies possible manufacturing constraints. Monitors and anticipates production issues due to capacity, and new product launches.
  • Establishes effective communication with various groups such as customers, sales offices, suppliers and/or plant production departments as required.
  • Monitors work orders from start to ensure the on time delivery of products
  • Ensures accuracy of signals for the timely ordering and delivery of components to support manufacturing activities
  • Prepares production/planning reports as required. Analyses month end activity to determine the need for forecast modification, recommends revisions.
  • Participates in new product launch meetings and assists in developing new product forecasts and production schedules.
  • Reviews support documents for scheduling such as route sheets, enters all requirements into the planning system or process as required
  • Support Plant or manufacturing unit supply S&OP as required
  • Manages and/or maintains raw material inventory investment according to inventory entitlement models and drives improvement opportunities.
  • Takes appropriate action in resolving discrepancies in order quantity, price and seeks corrective action on late deliveries.
  • Coordinates and follows up with production, warehouse, supply chain and others, as required, to ensure appropriate procurement, scheduling and movement of materials and services.
  • Assures accuracy of database of suppliers of products used in manufacturing process.
  • Prepares orders to vendors for raw materials, packaging materials, parts, components, services, supplies, finished goods and related material needed for production.
  • Supports evaluation of potential suppliers.
  • Inventories goods received and identify discrepancies in order quantity and price.
  • Checks scheduled delivery dates and makes initial contact with suppliers on late deliveries.
  • Escalates issues and notifies appropriate personnel/management as appropriate.
  • Checks with warehouse and production regarding availability and movement of materials to detect shortages or overages.
  • Leads supplier or component S&OP and supplier RCCP as required.
  • Leads and identifies improvement opportunities for plant manufacturing unit supply S&OP as required
  • Identifies and drives Lean or Six Sigma improvement initiatives.
  • Adheres to the Company?s procedures as detailed in the SOP manual


  • Bachelor?s degree or higher
  • Advanced data reporting and analytical skills.
  • APICS Certification


  • Green Belt six-sigma certification


  • 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experienced ERP / Planning Systems User, able to execute in an ERP System


  • Supply chain experience in medical device or pharmaceutical industry
  • Contract manufacturing experience
  • Working knowledge of financial processes


  • Demonstrated use of Leadership Imperatives
  • Applies understanding of cycle time, throughput, labor efficiency, and related concepts to drive alignment with overall Production Plan to ensure raw materials are in place to support production
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of equipment downtime and adjusts daily production plans accordingly
  • Leverages knowledge of the production and planning processes to identify opportunities to improve the initial plan, (i.e. through the application of lean processes)
  • Data mining skills through MS-Excel (or Equivalent) Strong organization skills and an aptitude for planning.
  • Accuracy with attention to detail
  • Ability to translate complex situations into simple working solutions
  • Proactive approach
  • Persuading and influencing others
  • Can drive continuous process improvements.
  • Proficient user of MS Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Able to work with limited supervision

For further information on this Buyer/Planner role in Cork please contact Aoife O Reilly on 091730022 /

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