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Supply Chain Planning assistant. Purchaser.

Posted 9 March by Wessex Intl Easy Apply Ended

Supply Chain Planning assistant.

Wessex International.

Although Wessex International has a 55-year history of innovation and manufacturing excellence we are still growing having increased our market share by 12% per annum for the past 2 years.

Wessex products consist of Innovative agricultural and ground-care machinery sold both in the UK and internationally. We are looking for a logically minded purchaser to join our team, working closely with our Purchasing manager to ensure consistent supply of components used within the manufacture of Wessex machinery.

This is a key role, personal fit and a progressive attitude being the attributes we most keenly seek. The successful candidate will be trained and mentored to reach the standards required.

Job Location - Andover, Hampshire. Commutable from Salisbury, Winchester, Andover, Newbury, Basingstoke or Southampton and surrounding areas.

  • Position type - permanent.

Principal Accountabilities of the role:

Forecasting and Procurement

  • To understand lead-times from all suppliers to enable timely delivery of finished goods/raw materials to meet customer demands.
  • Carry out forecasting of all finished goods using tools and systems available to consistently and timely identification of purchase requirements.
  • Ensure all records are maintained in appropriate electronic files.
  • Enter purchase orders and requisition information into supplier systems and/or raise purchase orders on suppliers.
  • Review all system generated recommended purchase orders or requisitions to ensure consistency with inventory requirements.
  • Liaise with Product Managers on a regular basis to ensure thorough understanding of future finished goods/capital equipment requirements.
  • Monitor excess and obsolete inventory and develop strategies and/or plans to eliminate excess.

Supplier Development and Management

  • Liaise with suppliers to discuss lowering the cost of supply, enhancing supply chain responsiveness, adoption of new technologies and entrepreneurial purchasing strategies.
  • Develop relationships with suppliers such that knowledge of alternative materials is available at all times.
  • Participate in business to business conference calls and meetings to facilitate excellence in supply chain processes.
  • Participate in supplier/customer provided training to ensure a thorough understanding of the supply chain process and systems.
  • Ensure timely Planning information is made available to key stakeholders and customers to satisfy reporting requirements.
  • Ensure effective and current documentation of all Planning systems and processes are maintained.

Key competencies: -

  • Experience of working within a fast-paced supply chain environment.
  • Strong analytical and administration skills.
  • Pursues work proactively with drive and suggests ways to improve processes to fulfil the department's need.
  • Adapts to varying work situations and is flexible in the approach to resolving challenges.
  • Proven project Management experience.
  • Knowledge of MRP system management.
  • Good spoken and written English with the ability to effectively communicate complex issues to people at all levels within the organisation.
  • Minimum of intermediate experience of MS XL.


  • Lean process training
  • Previous experience in the manufacturing industry.
  • Exchequer system experience


Graduate level or proven previous purchasing experience.

Benefits include: -

Stake Holder pension scheme.

20+ days per year paid holiday.

Free on-site parking

Up to £28,000 depending on experience.

Reference: 34654084

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