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Supplier Development Planner

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Gaydon
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 01/05/2014
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The Company:
A luxury Automotive OEM based in the West Midlands. After continued growth & success there are a number of new exciting engineering projects underway and we currently have requirements for experienced engineering professionals.

The Role:
To develop poor performing suppliers so that they can be handed over to the standard Material Planning team for ‘day to day’ management. These suppliers will typically have a ‘D’ score of less than 60% and will be required to improve to be consistently in excess of 85%.

Whilst these suppliers are being developed, the Material Planner – Supplier Development will undertake the standard material planning activities as listed below and described as: schedule and control the supply of components/materials to meet immediate production requirements and forward production programmes consistent with attaining target stock levels. To be aware of all factors that affects or may affect availability of use/fitment for all parts controlled.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks
•Generate and communicate supplier material delivery schedules to ensure that they correctly reflect requirements to meet immediate and future production demands.
•Assure supply of materials to meet the production schedule and / or minimum safety stock levels.
•Understand and manage risks to the material supply plan to minimise impact on the production schedule.
•Take the lead in co-ordinating the implementation of modifications and new product launches with the supply base to minimise obsolete stock and assure material availability.
•Initiate inventory management and stock adjustments when required, to maintain continued accuracy and reliability of stock records. Key liaison with the Logistics Provider and Inventory Analysis Team to ensure inventory record accuracy.
•Develop supplier relationships to allow constructive discussions to take place regarding delivery KPI improvements on behalf of the business. Lead and co-ordinate improvement plans with suppliers that are not performing.
•Negotiate with supplier, the finance for “special transport” to ensure costs are kept to an absolute minimum, whilst maintaining material availability.
•Where quality problems threaten production continuity, raise containments/rework requests, organize rework required, obtain suppliers authorization for cost where applicable to enable release of goods not confirming to Engineering specification.
•Lead quantity related invoice queries.
•Assist Accounts Department in resolution of price related invoice queries.

In addition:
•Work with Purchasing and Quality to develop improvement plans across Quality, Cost and Delivery scores – lead Delivery element and ensure actions are completed and drive KPI improvement.
•Lead re-sourcing projects on behalf of MP&L in conjunction with Purchasing and Quality.
•Where required, provide management and director level updates and reports on progress.

Key Performance Indicators:
•Improve ‘D’ score to be consistently above 85%.
•Improvement in ‘delivery’ related service level agreement items such as use of Advance Shipping Notifications (ASNs), timely and accurate communication of supply plans to meet our clients production schedule etc.
•On time in full supply of parts to delivery schedule.
•Arrears – number of suppliers and number of parts.
•Parts missed point of fit and linestops.
•Number and age of quantity related invoice queries.
•Value of obsolescence related to model changes, engineering changes and overmax stock levels.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
•Experience in Material Planning & Logistics or material planning desired, ideally in the automotive industry
•An awareness of our Clients Production System / Lean Manufacturing would be an advantage
•Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, together with the ability to work accurately and efficiently, taking resourceful action during periods of considerable pressure.
•Automotive components experience desirable.
•Computer Literate essential.
•Degree or Higher diploma qualified or equivalent preferable.

Other Information:
•Travel will be a necessity and possibly at short notice. This will largely be in the UK, but may be required in Europe and occasionally in Asia.
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