Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Stock Controller

Stock Controller
Location: Grantham
Sector: Manufacturing (Packaging)
Package: Basic Salary £20,000-£24,000 (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 Stock Controller 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.
Stock Controller Role  
Working as a member of our local operations team, this role will support the Grantham based manufacturing site. 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.
Stock Controller Key Duties

  • Purchase standard and non-standard items, maintaining cost effective stock levels appropriate to meet with manufacturing programs & customer needs.
  • 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.
  • 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, planning and administration activities

Do you have the correct profile?
In order to apply you must be an experienced Stock Controller (ideally minimum of 2 years commercial 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). 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 bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes up to 33 days annual leave (*includes bank holiday & service increases), 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 an urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favored candidate to commence with us ASAP. (Please note we are holding zoom video-interviews during the pandemic). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines whereby a significant number of our employees are working from home for the time being. Dependent on the precise role you have applied for, it is important to note that this may be a feature of your initial employment with us until Government advice changes and the situation improves. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.