The materials entering a factory are of equal importance to the customers. Without them arriving on time and in the right amounts, the whole process can grind to a halt, and customers might start looking elsewhere for their goods. The job of the materials analyst will be to make sure that the flow of raw materials or assembled components reach the factory at a speed that keeps productivity going whilst not filling up the stock room.
Since every business is forever seeking efficiency and lower costs, the materials analyst will also be required to constantly check sources of materials and methods of delivery to ensure that the company is always paying the best possible price and receiving the optimum service from the suppliers.
The materials analyst will also need to help secure a constant stream of materials by keeping an eye on the marketplace so that the company is alert to events which could threaten supply or efficiency. Should a potential issue be discovered, the decision will then have to be made whether to secure supply from elsewhere, perhaps temporarily and possibly at a higher price, and it will be the materials analyst’s data and projections that will be used to make such decisions.
The ability to gather data from diverse sources and wring the most relevant information out of them will be the materials analyst’s key skill. Since most data is essentially white noise, the analyst who can cut straight to the information required will be highly valued.
He or she will also need to be confident and assertive enough to present the findings of the analysis to the board, buyers or procurement department depending on the company structure. Wrong decisions can of course be costly, but if arrived at logically and with the company’s best interests at heart, and without the benefit of hindsight of course, they can have a positive effect on future decisions. It is important that materials analysts are not discouraged by such eventualities, so strength of character will be essential.
Cast UK’s founder members and consultants all come from the logistics, procurement and supply chain sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively. We are a growing force in the UK recruitment industry, mainly because these are the only sectors we deal with. Many employers often come to us first to create a candidate shortlist because they know we’re tightly focused on delivering the best people to them.
Applicants approach Cast UK for many reasons. They might be seeking more job fulfilment, they could have been made redundant or they might simply be relocating for family reasons, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide. Please see what’s available in your region and if you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – whether it’s today or tomorrow, we might have the ideal position for you.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Material Analyst for your business or find you a job as a Material Analyst then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
A region that encompasses Bristol, Gloucester, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly, the South West is a diverse area that offers a broad range of opportunities for those seeking Materials Analyst positions.
As demonstrated by the ancient monuments like Stonehenge and the Roman ruins in Bath, the South West has been settled for thousands of years. In fact, the oldest complete human skeleton ever found in the UK was discovered in Cheddar Gorge and dates back to around 7150 BC.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, much of the South West relied on fishing and shipping, particularly in Bristol, a city which harboured vessels that traded with Ireland, Iceland and the Americas. Later, it became known for coal mining, as well as heavy industry.
Today, aeronautics is an important part of the South West economy, and a number of companies have facilities in the region - such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. There's also Defence Equipment and Support - the MoD's procurement and logistics agency.
Cheese, clotted cream and other dairy products are made in the region, with companies including Dairy Crest, which makes Cathedral City and Davidstow. Other food and beverage manufacturers include Ginsters, Ryvita, Kraft Foods UK and Beverage Brands, makers of WKD vodka. Meanwhile GSK manufactures Lucozade and Ribena in Coleford.
In addition, Princess Yachts, Siemens Traffic Controls, Merlin Entertainments, Endsleigh Insurance, Westland Helicopters and Wincanton plc are all based in the region.
If you're looking for Materials Analyst vacancies in the South West, Cast UK can help. As experts in the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors, we work closely with clients and candidates to make the best recruitment match possible.
When you contact us, a member of our team will discuss your situation and provide the advice and assistance you need to carry out a successful job search.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within the South West or source a new job in the South West then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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