Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture


Location: Grantham
Sector: Manufacturing (Packaging)
Package: Basic Salary £25,000-£27,000 (dependent on experience)
plus, bonus & other excellent PLC company benefits  

The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is the UK’s largest packaging distributor, and we are seeking to appoint an experienced Buyer to join our established manufacturing team based in Grantham. Our specialist manufacturing division designs and produces bespoke protective packaging solutions which are designed exclusively for customers in safeguarding their products in transit. Our customers are UK wide and span several key verticals including: Aerospace, Defence, Electronics, Industrial and Medical. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Our procurement functionality is a vital part of our solution offering and we continually invest in the professional development of our team including CIPS accredited training.
Buyer Role  
Working as a member of our local operations team, this role will support both the Grantham based manufacturing site and our divisional procurement strategy. You will take ownership of stock management for the Grantham manufacturing operation whereby the core focus will be to ensure appropriate stock availability is maintained to meet customer service levels, whilst fulfilling working capital expectations, effectively utilizing space, and achieving optimal margins. This appointment is therefore integral to the success of the manufacturing business, with the successful candidate supporting the management and development of the regional supplier base.
Buyer Key Duties

  • Managing the performance of our large portfolio of suppliers
  • Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant
  • Ensuring suppliers adhere to quality, service, and best practice initiatives
  • Supporting tenders, product enquiries and ad-hoc project work
  • Purchasing of standard stock and non-standard items
  • Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities
  • Develop strong relationships & communicate effectively with management, procurement, logistics and sales teams to manage working capital, optimize space, improve margins, and ensure customer needs are met
  • Manage and achieve stock KPI’s to ensure targets are met
  • Identify areas for margin improvement or reducing inventory value &/or space and liaise with management to action accordingly
  • Be aware of the profit implication of poor stock management, including redundant/damaged stock and incurring unnecessary costs
  • To purchase standard and non-standard items, maintaining cost effective stock levels appropriate to meet with manufacturing programs & customer needs
  • Accurate & timely forecasting & reporting skills
  • Manage Goods In delivery schedule & confirm GRN’s
  • Develop a full understanding of the total supply chain function
  • Reporting and statistical analysis
  • Support procurement strategy
  • Maximizing profitability and minimizing risk to the Business
  • Supporting stock control and administration activities

Do you have the correct profile?
In order to apply you must be an experienced Buyer (ideally minimum of 2 years commercial buying experience), some of which will have been gained within a manufacturing/production led environment. This will have given you exposure to most of the key duties listed above (with particular emphasis on stock management) and you may well already have embarked upon your CIPS studies (Macfarlane are happy to sponsor the successful candidate with this). You must possess strong communication and negotiation skills, the ability to perform in a pressurized environment and deliver against often exacting timeframes. It is also important that you have strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills.
The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes up to 33 days annual leave (*includes bank holiday & service increases), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
Next Steps
This is a key hire for us whereby we seek someone to commence ASAP in the new year (2021).  Shortlisted applicants can therefore expect to be invited swiftly for initial ‘zoom video’ interviews inside the coming weeks. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. Please note that all shortlisted candidates can expect to hear back from us within five working days of making their application. If you do not therefore hear back within that timeframe, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.