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Material Planner


Walsall, GB, WS2 8LD

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:        Material Planner
Location:             Walsall, West Midlands
Compensation:   £30,000 - £33,000 dependant on experience + Benefits
Role Type:          Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:              SF54753


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Material Planner at our Walsall site.


The role
As a Material Planner, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary. Our Vehicle Engineering business operates a whole life methodology to specialist vehicle conversions. This ranges from concept design and assessment, to manufacture and installation of customer specific equipment, through to maintenance and eventual decommissioning of the vehicle.
Day to day, you will be responsible for managing the release of demands for materials.  Moreover, you will coordinate all change control activities, amongst also creating and distributing material availability and shortage reports. This new role brings an opportunity to develop the role through continuous improvement activities.
•    Support the Sales and Operations Planning process by developing the material requirements planning capability within the business to align with operational planning and Customer requirements.
•    Support in the evolving, manage and maintain the MRP tool.  Create and distribute material reports to relevant stakeholders
•    Engage with internal stakeholders in continuous improvement activities within the Material planning function and evolve existing processes through continuous improvement tasks; aiming for greater discipline, control and documentation within all functions.
•    Raise and release purchase requisitions towards procurement based on demand profiles.
•    Control of materials under engineering change process towards all stakeholders.  Control the release of engineer Bills of Material towards procurement
•    Escalate material availability to purchasing and supply chain management stakeholders and ensure production requirements are communicated and prioritised

This role is full time 37.5 hours per week and provides hybrid working arrangements. 


Essential experience of the Material Planner
•    Proven experience within an engineering planning environment
•    Ability to use spreadsheets (Excel), databases, shared working environment and other IT programmes 
•    Willingness to work 'hands on' across the wider business when necessary.
•    Self-starter with high energy levels, personal drive and commitment.
•    Experienced user of material requirements planning systems / Tools


Qualifications for the Material Planner
•    Higher Diploma Level or relevant experience is desirable but not essential 


Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be able to achieve and maintains security Check (SC) security clearance for this role.


Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer 
•    Generous holiday allowance 
•    Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
•    Employee share scheme 
•    Employee shopping savings portal
•    Payment of Professional Fees
•    Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
•    Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
•    ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity
•    Potential to develop skills.
•    A dynamic working environment. 


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 

We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working – please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Closing date: 22/05/2024


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