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Buying & Planning Specialist

  • Location: Shanbally Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland
  • Type: Temporary
  • Job #22632

Buying & Planning Specialist

Based in Cork, our client is a global pharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases.


They require a Buying & Planning Specialist with 3 to 5 years of material planning/purchasing experience or relevant supply chain management experience ideally in a GMP environment to join them, initially on a 23- month hybrid contract.


To apply for this role, you must be eligible to work and live in the Republic of Ireland without sponsorship.


The primary role of a Buying & Planning Specialist is to coordinate and execute all activities related to the planning and purchasing of components by converting the output of the Master Schedule and detailed schedule (MRP) for production needs into material requirements to ensure availability of the right quantity when needed.


Job Reference: BBBH 22632

What will a Buying & Planning Specialist do?

  • Develop & Execute the Materials Requirement Plan (MRP) by ensuring efficient and effective procurement & inventory practices and optimizing the balance between quality, service, reliability and cost to ensure that patient / customer requirements are met while maintaining compliance.
  • Ensure a key focus on master data of materials in Oracle to ensure correct signals are received in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all material delivery schedules are communicated to the suppliers on time in order to meet planned requirements.
  • Maintain raw material and consumable inventories within target, while minimizing excess, obsolete and expired materials
  • Communicate when required, any potential impacts to the production schedule, supplier reliability/service issues. Escalate as appropriate through site and global forums to ensure issues/criticalities are resolved in a timely fashion
  • Interface with Quality and Warehouse staff regarding any rejected / defective materials, making the necessary physical arrangements with the supplier through GSQ to ensure a prompt return of goods or disposal.
  • Support Scenario planning (RCCP) when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, planning function, by performing material feasibility analysis.
  • Execute potential deviations to the plan assessing with the supplier the feasibility of such changes, rapidly highlighting to the affected internal stakeholders if the changes are not possible from a materials/consumable’s perspective.
  • Liaise with warehouse to understand and adhere to space constraints, managing inventory levels within agreed targets.
  • Develop and project manage local and global programs to deliver continuous improvement in KPI’s including Customer Service, Inventory and Cost.
  • Co-ordination and completion of required compliance process activities including Change Control, Deviations, Event’s & CAPA’s.


What does the Ideal Candidate look like?

  • 3-5 years of material planning/purchasing experience or relevant Supply Chain Management experience ideally in a GMP environment
  • A minimum of an Honour’s Degree (NFQ level 8) in Supply Chain Management or other related Business discipline is essential
  • Experience of Oracle would be beneficial, but ERP system competency is essential

Nice to have:

  • Supply Chain Certification is preferred e.g. APICS
  • Project Management or Lean Certification is desirable
  • Experience in Planning/Purchasing in a pharmaceutical environment with strong technical/systems background is desirable
  • Power BI or similar data analytics visual tool knowledge is desirable


  • 28 days annual leave (pro-rata) plus paid bank holidays. Competitive Salary.
  • Flexibility for working from home.
  • State of the art modern office.
  • Work Laptop, phone (most roles) and latest tools and technologies.
  • Expanding workforce with options for permanent positions and career progress ion for top performers.
  • The experience of working with a company that will make your CV stand out from the crowd.


Still interested in this opportunity?
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