Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture


Location: Coventry
Sector: Packaging Distribution
Package: Basic Salary £25,000-£28,000 (commensurate with 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 hire an experienced Buyer join our established Coventry site. As a business, we are passionate about providing fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions augmented by outstanding customer service. As a Group we are continuing to grow significantly and always keen to attract talented new individuals to our business.

The Buyer Role  
Working as a member of our local procurement team, this role will support both the local Coventry site and our company wide National procurement strategy. This appointment is therefore integral to the success of the business, with the successful candidate supporting the management and development of the regional supplier base. This is a wonderful opportunity for an established buyer who may benefit from joining a larger employer that can provide career development, with scope in our current plans to promote the successful individual to a management position in the medium term.

Buyer Key Duties

  • Managing a large portfolio of suppliers & purchasing bespoke product lines, protecting margin
  • Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant
  • Providing mentoring to more junior staff members & working closely with logistics department to ensure warehouse efficiencies
  • Ensuring suppliers adhere to quality, service and best practise initiatives
  • Managing performance of the supplier base
  • Supporting tenders, product enquiries and ad-hoc project work
  • Purchasing of standard and non-standard stock items
  • Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities
  • Reporting and statistical analysis (ROP/EOQ)
  • Support procurement strategy
  • Maximising profitability and minimising risk to the Business
  • Supporting stock control and administration activities


Do you have the correct profile?
In order to apply you must already have a minimum of 12-18 months buying/purchasing experience that has been gained within a commercial environment. This will have given you exposure to the majority of the key duties listed above and you may well already have embarked upon your CIPS studies (Macfarlane are happy to sponsor the successful candidate with this). Any prior experience of working within a fast-paced sales/distribution based organisation would be advantageous but most essential to the role is strong communication and negotiation skills, the ability to perform in a pressurised environment and deliver against often exacting timeframes. It is also important that you have strong interpersonal skills when dealing with internal colleagues and departments.

The Package
In return we offer a competitive basic starting salary along with an attractive performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising up to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), 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. Shortlisted applicants can therefore expect to be invited swiftly for local interview across 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 particular occasion.