Material Planner

We are looking for a talented Material Planner to join our team. 

About Customade Group:

Virtuoso Doors has always been a byword for quality, service, and reliability, and whilst it operates independently, being part of the bigger fenestration Customade Group, has enabled us to develop to where we are today. With our state-of-the-art facility in Gateshead our new building is equipped with cutting edge technology and manufacturing machinery to continue our quality offering, but it would be nothing without our ultimate USP’s, talent and expertise. 


Job overview

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, and working as part of the Supply Chain team, you will be responsible for ensuring that the supply of materials meet the production schedule. The material planner's responsibilities include creating, maintaining inventory schedules, coordinating with internal departments, and managing external stakeholder relations.


Key responsibilities: 

  • Create POs for the placement of orders with suppliers.
  • Logging POs and creating weekly and monthly spend analysis.
  • Creating order schedules through PI counts and stock tracking spreadsheets.
  • Create inbound delivery schedules for goods in team.
  • Managing backorders and flagging any potential stock outs.
  • Price check invoices against POs and match with delivery note for accounting purposes.
  • Perform data analysis and issue reports on supplier performance to ensure suppliers meet and maintain expected performance levels.
  • Assist in the requests for quotations and tender analysis.
  • Deliver cost down and cost avoidance initiatives in support of the company’s stock holding targets.
  • Complete monthly stock takes.
  • Aid in the creation of SCARs and the subsequent implementation of improvements.
  • Responsible for supporting continuous improvement within the systems and best value principles.
  • Complete, create and track credits of faulty goods and communicate timeline to production of replacement items.
  • Support on projects where needed


To be successful in this role:

  • Previous experience of materials planning in a manufacturing environment, with a knowledge of manufacturing processes and supply chain management. 
  • A good working knowledge of purchase ordering systems and processes along with experience in complex stock takes and best practice stock control.
  • Forecasting, tracking, and maintaining stock requirements.
  • An understanding of Bill of Materials.
  • Well organised, disciplined, and self-motivated, with the capability to balance multiple priorities.  
  • Hands on, hardworking, motivated with a can-do attitude.
  • Strong analytical, planning, forecasting and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of JIT ordering techniques.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to form and maintain good working relationships internally and externally. 
  • Strong IT skills including Power Point, Excel, along with working knowledge of ERP MRP systems, would be desirable.        

What You Can Expect from Us:

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement and company contributory pension scheme.
  • The opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office.
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • With a culture of empowerment, we are seeking focused, driven, and talented individuals to make things happen, so we deliver our ambitious growth plans. Expansion creates frequent career progression opportunities and if you believe you are the right person for us then apply today!

To apply or for further details please email Andrea Griffin, HR Business Partner, together with a copy of your CV to:


Closing date for applications Friday 25th February 2022. 

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