The Company:

McConnel is a multi-award winning British manufacturing company that is leading the way as the world’s number one supplier of Power Arm and green maintenance technology. Based in Ludlow, Shropshire, McConnel offers a comprehensive product portfolio including hedge and verge mowers, self-propelled sprayers and a range of remote-control machinery.

The Role:

Due to a period of growth within McConnel, we need to expand the Purchasing Team based in Ludlow, Shropshire. We need a hands-on attitude to supplier management and requires strong experience as a Buyer/Expeditor within manufacturing and excellent negotiation and communication skills.     


  • Using JD Edwards ERP/MRP system, the Buyer/Expeditor will manage all aspects of supply and demand within a sizeable commodity group from suppliers, logistics, inventory control and NPI. 
  • Buying product for production builds and parts sale demand, communicating availability to stakeholders.  
  • Responsibility for all communication to their supplier including quality issues, supply issues and new product introductions.
  • Handle negotiation of contracts and prices with current and potential new suppliers. 
  • Manage the daily conversions of requisitions to purchase orders. 
  • Attendance meetings and provide information relative to the introduction of new products.
  • Make available details of products purchased that are likely to impact product build and spare part sales and provide an action plan to alleviate supply issues.
  • Report on non-availability for spare sales and or production shortages via the ERP system.  
  • Involvement in process to manage returns to suppliers. 
  • Ensuring engineering changes are addressed with supplier where required.
  • Ongoing development of the purchasing systems and ordering process.  

Key Requirements:

  • Good level of education ideally within an engineering discipline.
  • CIPS qualification or working to achieve CIPS would be beneficial.  
  • Experience of working as a buyer within a Purchasing function in heavy industry. 
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of delivering cost reduction plans.
  • Work proactively to prevent problems.
  • Knowledge of ERP/MRP systems – ideally JD Edwards. 
  • Excellent IT skills particularly Excel.
  • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team.  
  • Analytical skills and problem solving.
  • Experience of OEM or 1st Tier operation a bonus.   
  • Using data both current and historical to plan raw material demand

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