Purveyors of Packaging & Design Solutions

Supply Chain Specialist

Job Title:  Supply Chain Specialist

Location:  LIMERICK
General Summary:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an established business in the packaging and distribution industry.

Working as part of a small purchasing and logistics team, the person will have responsibility for the day to day management of all materials supply from our vendors.  Responsibility for the planning, monitoring and scheduling of all purchase orders with the vendors and freight providers  through the purchasing cycle to ensure all product deliveries are received on time and within  planned inventory holding levels.

Core Function: 

  • Key role within the purchasing and stock management functions, communicating the customer needs and requirements to the suppliers and logistics providers while maintaining overall cost and stock holding objectives for the company
  • Ensuring costing and quality and turn-around times are adhered to with an emphasis on continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate strong product and services knowledge

Responsibilities of the Role: 

  • Maintenance and development of existing vendor relationships and review opportunities to enhance their performance in their ability to deliver quality services and products to the company at competitive prices, as well as investigating opportunities for more effective relationships with new suppliers, including on- going negotiations for more favourable credit terms, pricing and lead times
  • Overall day to day management of all material supply from our vendors to ensure the Company’s stock holding requirements are adequate
  • Ensure that all vendor queries on quality, price ,shortages, are dealt with expediously and that all vendor credits are obtained
  • To control tender negotiations with both European and Asian vendors through the development and maintenance of appropriate pricing tools, working closely with the Sales & Design teams to ensure company margins are maintained at all times
  • Approval of Purchase invoices for payment, including Freight and Duty charges
  • Forecasting levels of demand for products to meet the business needs and ensuring a constant check on stock levels is maintained
  • Develop reports to highlight slow moving and potentially obsolete stock based on current, past and future forecasting requirements and working with sales department to move these stock items
  • Maintenance of and continuous review of selling prices for all generic stock items to ensure overall company margins are being achieved
  • Performs initial and ongoing audits of potential and current vendors, to ensure all vendors provide up to date factory audit certificates at all times
  • Responsibility, in conjunction with Finance for timely stock reporting at month-end.
  • Understands and communicates component specifications to vendors, including the ability to read drawings to determine dimensions, tolerances and incoming quality control points

Minimum Requirements: 

IIPMM, APICS or equivalent purchasing qualification, and/or relevant experience in material management and supply chain

Previous exposure to intergraded fulfilment systems preferably Opera Enterprise System

Advanced excel skills essential

Data Analytics skills essential

Computer Literate and proficient in MS Office Suite

Behavioural Competencies: 

A minimum of 5 years previous experience in a similar fast paced environment essential

Experience of managing processes and systems

Good negotiating skills

Demonstrates meticulous attention to working with detail

Hands on approach and can do attitude

Willingness to travel from time to time as required

Customer Orientation – Internal and External

Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively under pressure essential