Material Planner,

United Kingdom, England, Slough

Business unit: Decorative Paints

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Materials Planner
Up to £36,000 depending on experience + 25days holiday, pension, flexible benefits & staff discounts
With a degree or equivalent qualification in Purchasing Management/Business Studies/Production Control and, ideally, experience in a procurement role you are ready to step up a level and join a business that will encourage your input, welcome your ideas and act on them. That business is AkzoNobel. Home to world class brands we are now recruiting a Materials Planner to oversee raw material supply in-line with production activity.
As Materials Planner and you will help customer service delivery by planning the flow of materials into the factory, monitoring inventory levels and overseeing the ordering of materials as required with-in operational constraints. Using planning systems you will optimise inventory levels and ensure availability to make sure production orders are delivered on time. This will mean liaising with Production Planning colleagues to formulate weekly and monthly material supply plans, working with onsite material controllers to ensure a good understanding of local constraints and material flows as well as with local procurement to monitor supplier performance and solve supplier issues. Important too, will be the ability to engage with internal departments and external suppliers to identify ways to drive continuous improvement activities across operations to deliver best practice in material planning and purchasing processes.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

May 31, 2017

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United Kingdom





Business unit

Decorative Paints

Job family

Logistics Raw mat. & Packaging materials

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Qualified in Purchasing Management, Business Studies or Production Control you will ideally have experience in a procurement or production planning role. You must have a good understanding of stock, its drivers and methods to improve its management too. Expertise with SAP-APO especially SNP and ECC-PP would be desirable. You work collaboratively, are comfortable liaising with multiple departments and have an eye for detail. Highly numerate you will also possess good communication and analytical skills. You will also be the sort of person who is passionate about excellence and delivers on commitments.
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.
At AkzoNobel, we believe we can only grow our business as fast as we grow our people, so if you want to be part a business that will invest in you and give you the opportunity to develop please visit our website via the link.
AkzoNobel. Where your ideas go far.