Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Commercial Assistant (Graduate Role)

Commercial Assistant Graduate role: Packaging Distribution
Location: Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow
Earnings potential: €25,000 including competitive salary and bonus
& other excellent Company Benefits  


The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is one of Europe’s leading Packaging distributors and we are seeking to hire a graduate commercial assistant role to provide support with a wide range of duties at our Irish site, encompassing elements of stock control and sales coordination. 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 Role
Working as part of the local procurement team, this role will support both the local site and company procurement strategy. Beyond that we are looking for someone who will be flexible and work as part of a team as there will also be a requirement to assist with some sales administration duties as and when required.  This role is ideal for someone of graduate calibre who is keen to develop a career in packaging and gain an excellent grounding in all aspects of the wider business.

Key Duties  

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • To purchase standard and non-standard stock items, maintaining cost effective stock levels.
  • Liaise with existing suppliers and source alternative suppliers when necessary.
  • Develop awareness of the profit implication of stock holding costs, including redundant and damaged stock.
  • Work in partnership with the Logistic and Warehouse team to optimise stock holding volumes and ensure customer needs are met.
  • Develop and maintain a good knowledge of all packaging solutions, sharing knowledge with other colleagues.
  • Work in a constructive manner and promote co-operation between departments and across the group.


Do you have the correct profile?
The successful candidate will ideally have prior experience of working within a purchasing/procurement team but it is not essential.  You will have a strong eye for detail and accuracy, enjoy analysing & reviewing data, and have excellent organisation and communication skills, possessing the ability to work well under pressure whilst prioritising workloads effectively. You will also be enthusiastic, numerate, and a team player. You will be computer literate with a reasonable working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, MS Word and Outlook. This role provides a wonderful opportunity for someone to forge a successful and long-lasting career within our industry.

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 plus all bank holidays. 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 an immediate requirement which has been created due to the continued growth of the branch and a promotion. Therefore shortlisted applicants can therefore expect to be invited swiftly for interview and it follows that we are seeking someone to commence the role as soon as possible. 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.