Getting products out of the factory and the money in the bank is the ultimate aim of any production enterprise, be it a factory, studio or building site. But at the other end of the process, the materials need to come into play at just the right time. Failure to optimise this side of the business can at best result in inefficiencies and reduced profits, at worst failure to deliver on orders, lost customers and even collapse. No pressure then, materials planners.
The job of the materials planner will be to secure a steady flow of materials into the production process to ensure productivity can continue in line with demand. However securing material supply can be a balancing act because storage has a cost too. This is never truer than in the “just in time” model of production, where materials don’t have time to gather dust – they arrive on site just as they are ready to be used. It means there’s little room for error and it requires military planning, but the savings can be huge. Another reason over-ordering is bad is because it affects cash flow. Money spent on latent materials isn’t available for other purposes and that might necessitate borrowing.
So with the employer’s process in mind, the materials planner will need to liaise with suppliers and organise the optimum means of delivery of materials to meet productivity demands. This can fluctuate seasonally or daily, and the planner will need to have the projections and the orders to hand to make procurement decisions, perhaps daily. While JIT is not always appropriate or possible, as the ultimate model for efficiency of at least one point in the supply chain, any step taken towards it is generally a profitable one.
The most important skill of the materials planner will be an analytical mindset. He or he might have to juggle a number of needs to end up at an optimum outcome, and that can mean making decisions that in isolation could look inefficient, but which will add efficiency to the whole system. Mathematics aptitude will be enormously helpful, as will familiarity with planning IT solutions.
There could be some negotiation as part of the job, but at the least the materials planner will regularly need to be in touch with suppliers to place orders. Good communications skills will be required for this part of the job. The planner will be in constant touch with analysts, buyers and sales teams, so the need to be communicative will be at the heart of the position.
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 Materials Planner for your business or find you a job as a Materials Planner then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
Dundee is an industrious city that has changed its roles many times over the centuries. Its North Sea-facing front made it ideal for whaling, and the industries that surround it, such as boatbuilding, whale oil processing and jute manufacture (it was discovered that jute could be lubricated with whale oil). Those industries are gone now, but after World War II the city was to have something of a boom. The company NCR set up in Dundee, initially making shop cash registers, and later moving on to making banks’ cash machines. The company was also a pioneer of the now-ubiquitous magnetic strips, and also made computers.
The electronics company Morphy Richards was formed and based in Dundee after a merger, and Michelin tyre factory was also established. All this time, industry worked along shipbuilding, but by the 1980s this industry was in terminal decline. Along came Timex, who manufactured Sir Clive Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum in the city; this home computer was a huge success, owing to its colour graphics and reasonable price. However the Timex factory closed in the early 1990s.
The city was also a publishing magnet, and many a child grew up reading DC Thompson’s famous output: Beano, Dandy and the gung-ho Commando comic books. And when they grew up, they played Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, developed by Dundee’s Rockstar Games. There is also a strong biomedical and biotech industry in the city.
Dundee is such a thriving place that no short article can do it justice. And of course, all this moving of materials and products, and the servicing of its 150,000 population means that Materials Planner positions are regularly required.
If you’re looking for more information on the Materials Planner positions available in Dundee or anywhere else in the UK, do get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
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