Purchasing Planner


Braunton, GB, EX33 2DL

Description Overview

Hybrid Role: 2-3 days per week onsite required.

To plan the allocation of purchase volumes across Perrigo’s external supplier base for Direct materials and subcontract services ensuring the timely and cost-effective delivery of required materials to enable production to operate to maximum efficiency.

Scope of the Role



  • Review MRP in respect of material requirements based on forecast and orders, collaborate with Master Schedulers / Production Planners to review short, medium to long term material and component demand. Maintain SAP settings with the aim of balancing Inventory levels in line with business requirements taking into account changing supplier lead-times, MOQs, forecast requirements etc .
  • Ensure that inventory is maintained to overall company target at all times by creating and maintaining vendor schedules.
  • Liaise with Buyers and in-house planning teams to agree supplier capacity verses material requirements at site level and rectify any imbalances.
  • Work with Planners on supply chain change events and ensure supply continuity is maintained at all times. Agree inventory recovery plans when required, taking account of known supply constraints and continuity challenges.
  • Contribute to the development of scenario plans taking account of supply chain dynamics – supply and demand reliability, supplier MOQ’s, seasonal demand and safety stocks etc.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver efficiency improvements to the supply chain. Utilize SAP to optimize the planning and procurement process in line with best practice (e.g. DDMRP, Supplier and Customer VMI, Consignment stocks, etc.)
  • Create and maintain KPI score cards to monitor supplier and own performance
  • Provide guidance, support and mentoring to junior staff members and other department colleagues when required.
  • To undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time in order to support the Perrigo business.

Experience Required


  • Bachelor degree is preferred with specialism in business, materials management or a related field a key advantage.
  • Non-degree candidates will be considered with 3 years minimum of (buying or) planning experience within pharma/FMCG industry. 
  • Problem solving skills, sound decision making skills, and demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as on a team, and meet tight deadlines within a fast-paced environment are critical to the position’s success.
  • The ideal candidate would possess strong PC skills; Microsoft Excel, Word required; PowerPoint, Visio and MS Project advantageous; SAP experience preferred. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to represent Perrigo in a professional manner. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, handle interruptions, and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to successfully meet daily goals is required. Has acquired detailed knowledge of MRP process.
  • Has some experience of working with suppliers and ideally a track record of reducing MOQs and lead times