Global leader: We impact critical systems every day with sites in 17 countries and six centers of research excellence. From pioneering to powering life-changing innovation, we’re delivering threat detection and screening solutions to safeguard the world from threat
Digital growth: A key part of our capability is the integration of digital technology across our business and our operations in more than 55 countries, will be critical to our continued success
Exciting opportunities: Our growth is creating exciting opportunities to work with experts in physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanics, production, computer science, and AIML
International environment: With some projects, work requires global collaboration and the potential to travel and grow with the business.
Job Description

Are you passionate about meticulous material planning and attention to detail?  Do you have established experience working with an MRP system, such as SAP?  We have a fantastic opportunity here at Smiths Detection for an experienced Material Planner based from our Hemel Hempstead site.

As a Material Planner you will coordinate and expedite the flow of materials (from suppliers and also within departments) according to production schedules. You will be responsible to balance demand against capacity (supply) and to take relevant actions that ensure the factory delivers to plan.You will be liaising with the Planning, Production, Quality and Procurement teams, the role holder will ensure that customer priorities are met and to establish product availability dates. The Vendor on Time Delivery (VOTD) to Factory is essential for this role. If you are a person who enjoys problem solving and have a can-do attitude you are ideal for this role.

Join us and we’ll help build your career, with excellent training and opportunities for career growth across the business, both locally and globally. You’ll experience an inclusive environment, with strong leadership and a focus on safety and wellbeing.

Standard security clearance will be required including minimum 3 years UK residency.
You will be expected to do

Working closely with vendors to ensure on-time delivery of materials. Pro-actively working with vendors to resolve any potential delay in material shipment. Build strong relationships with vendors
Supporting supply chain strategy by using different replenishment techniques depending on characteristics of material • Comply to site and global supply chain inventory metrics
Implementing and managing supply programmes to support production
Optimise inventory levels by commodity. Aim to bring materials in a timely manner without compromising production.
Purchasing components, sub-contracted services and finished products
Reconciling material non-conformities within the ISO quality programme
Supporting business improvement programmes such as Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Lean etc
Supporting the Materials Manager as required
Complying with and promoting all relevant legal requirements & Smiths policies and procedures, including business ethics, data protection and health & safety
Performing other related duties as required and assigned.
Support the engineering change process meetings where required.
Performing analysis of vendor on time delivery (VOTD) data and share with the suppliers to drive improvement
Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity. We have several employee-led Employee Resources Groups (women@work, Black Employees Network, Veterans, Pride Network) providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal development in the work environment and beyond.
The Individual

Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Proven track record in Material Planning.
Energetic, results oriented, driven individual.
Attention to detail imperative.
Able to see the overall business goals as well as specific factory needs.
Effective communicator at all levels both internally and externally.
Excellent interpersonal skills able influence at all levels.
Always meets commitments.
Ability to balance priorities and manage time effectively.
Experience in an MRP system environment (SAP preferred).
Excellent negotiation skills.
Collaborative problem-solving capability.
Ability to work under pressure and successfully manage multiple responsibilities.
Inventory management skills including cost savings, inventory reduction and inventory best practice
Knowledge and experience in SAP (system) is desirable.

Required: Demonstrable proficiency in MS Office suite, particularly Word and Excel. Related working experience in specialising in Purchasing / Inventory / Material & Warehouse / Production Planning
Desirable: A professional supply chain qualification, e.g. CIPS / APICS. SAP business systems trained.
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