Material Planner & Ingredient Buyer

Blue Spark
South East England
Closing date
9 Aug 2021

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Supply Chain
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

The Company

This successful chilled food business prides itself on quality and service. As a front runner in their sector the key to their success is innovation, and they are now seeking a Material Planner & Ingredient Buyer to help guarantee market leading service and product performance for their major retail customers.

The Role

Joining this vibrant Procurement team you’ll report to the Senior Buyer and Procurement Team Leader and ensure that the site has sufficient raw materials and packaging in order to meet business needs and customer demand.

You’ll also be monitoring goods in and raw material usage, comparing prices and analysing variances to assess raw material requirements on a daily and weekly basis. Further responsibilities will include investigating stock anomalies and keeping production documentation and recipe amendments up to date at all times. In addition you’ll be tasked with reporting on packaging requirements, guaranteeing continual availability to contribute to the successful launch of new lines and distribution of high quality products.

As part of your role, you will also build strong relationships with Ingredients, Packaging suppliers and Growers to understand medium term availability and create action plans if gaps in supply are occurring.

The Candidate

We are looking for a confident and proactive professional with experience in material planning/ ingredients buying in an FMCG food manufacturing environment. A good level of IT literacy, particularly with Excel, is a must along with a keen eye for detail and excellent organisation skills. First class communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential as you’ll be in regular correspondence with internal colleagues and key customer contacts at all business levels. You’ll also need great project management and numeracy skills in order to achieve success in this diverse role. If you can speak Italian or Spanish that would be beneficial but not essential.

If you have a passion for food and the drive to attain the best results in a fast paced environment then apply now or get in touch with Kimia to find out more – Tel: 0345 2600 737 or email us at,

Ref: F6232


Although we do our utmost to respond to all applicants, there are times when this is just not possible due to sheer volume so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days then we are sorry to say your application for this role has not been successful.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
RH16 3AL
United Kingdom

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