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External Material Scheduler

An excellent new role for an External Material Scheduler has arisen in one of our global manufacturing firms, based in Newport, with a salary up to £30,000. The External Material Scheduler will report into the Operational Procurement Manager and will be tasked with establishing a realistic short to mid-term supply plan that satisfies the Material Requirements Plan (MRP), direct customer orders, and stock policy targets.

Candidates will have previous experience within materials scheduling or materials planning specifically within a high volume, fast paced environment, at material scheduler or material planner level.

Role responsibilities of the External Material Scheduler include:

  • To define the supply parameters in the Companies Enterprise Resource Planning tool (ERP) by item file within individual scope of activity which are consistent with stock targets and the industrial strategy
  • Participate in the Material Requirements Plan (MRP) validation process, analysing and processing exception messages (increase/decrease, progress, delay, cancel an order etc..) resulting from the MRP
  • Accountable for the supplier on-time performance for your defined group of suppliers, informing suppliers of discrepancies and providing resolution where applicable whilst working closely with our internal Quality teams
  • Confirm and communicate requirements and changes resulting from the MRP to the supplier by confirming any necessary modifications that are to be made, communicate to internal customers where applicable, escalating where necessary
  • Issue the schedule agreements or purchase orders in line with ERP recommendations (1st & 2nd tier)
  • Obtain acknowledgement from the supplier for any changes or modifications to requirements
  • Negotiate dead-lines and quantities with suppliers within the limits of the contract established by the Purchasing team (negotiation of dead-lines / quantities, but not pricing)
  • Provide information and visibility necessary to the internal Manufacturing Area and suggest solutions in cases of imbalance
  • Monitor and analyse the impacts of manufacturing defects in terms of yield and if necessary reschedule requirements to ensure commitments can be met, work with the internal scheduler to ensure yield is factored into future planning. This may include managing orders relating to re-work or repair orders back into the business planning schedule
  • Measure and analyse supplier performance in coordination with the Supplier Performance Matrix (where applicable) using the defined metrics and provides the required weekly/monthly reports
  • Analyse the root cause of metrics not at target level and work with the SPM (where applicable) and external supplier to develop the necessary action/recovery plans
  • Oversee the progress of manufacturing on the external supplier's site, manage delivery receipts, follow the flow through to reception of articles, manage administrative disputes and organise supplier returns.
  • Organise regular visits to the external supplier's site to hold progress review meetings or to discuss short term performance issues
  • Monitor external supplier capacity and provide an early warning to the SPM (where applicable) when problems are foreseen
  • Establish and implement actions plans to limit uncertainties and hazards in the short term horizon and work with the external supplier to shorten production cycles within the supplier's manufacturing process
  • Analyse the impacts of requests for technical modifications and other changes within their scope of activity and implement the action plans after these requests have been validated
  • Manage free issue stock and raw materials with suppliers
  • Operate and use efficiently the information systems used in the Supply Chain: i.e. ERP, Supplier Portal, Lean DNA and the desktop tools

Participate: (where applicable)

  • In daily control rooms and QRQC sessions
  • In supplier scheduling (capacity and critical material/components) In Stock Takes, Audits and Assessments
  • In rate readiness exercises & capital investment exercises In improvement projects to improve delivery performance
  • In the management of supplier transport, documentation and requests

Person Specification of the External Material Scheduler:

  • A good understanding of the workings of an ERP system and previous experience working within an ERP System particularly
  • material scheduling
  • Production or material scheduling experience in fast paced, high volume industry
  • Risk management experience including reduction and assessment of risks
  • Competent Microsoft user inc Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience of using a Supplier two-way system such as Lean DNA or other business intelligence tools (Desirable)
  • APICS Basics (Desirable)


Up to £30k
This role will be well suited to you if you have held a role within materials as a materials scheduler or materials planner.