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10 Jul 2022

PermanentJob Vacancy for Material Buyer Needed

National Brands Isando Biscuits – Posted by JobPlace24 Gauteng, South Africa

Job Description

Job Vacancy for Material Buyer Needed

Location: Gauteng
Job Type: Permanent
Company/Employer: National Brands Isando Biscuits
Job Title: Job Vacancy for Material Buyer Needed

Vacancy Details

AVI Ltd. is known for its leading household brands across many categories including hot beverages, sweet and savoury biscuits and snacks, frozen convenience foods, personal care products, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, and fashion apparel.

NATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED operates 5 manufacturing sites, offering world-class manufacturing facilities in Isando (Johannesburg), Rosslyn (Pretoria), Westmead and Durban (KZN). It is home to some of the best-known South African tea, coffee and creamer brands, including our delicious range of much-loved savoury and sweet biscuits, and our melt-in-your-mouth snack range.

An exciting opportunity exists for a Materials Buyer at NATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED Isando, Biscuits.  The successful candidate will be responsible for placing orders for site material requirements, mainly engineering spares and project order processes, managing master data on SAP, liaising with suppliers, and ensuring the availability of required parts and spares to support the site operations. The successful candidate will report directly to the Senior Buyer.

Job Specification:

Key Performance Areas:       

  • Daily
  • Using SAP, Scada & physical counts look at the stock on hand quantities and identify requirements to be ordered
  • Bulk Requires weekend monitoring and actions when necessary
  • Manual calculations sheet to be maintained on bulk products
  • Manage shuttle loads on certain items
  • Convert purchase requisitions to purchase orders or delete them if not going to be used
  • Ensure order confirmations from suppliers are received via email
  • Follow up on and expedite orders when needed in order to ensure that material arrives on-site in time for production
  • Provide feedback to Accounts Payable on queries related to relevant material
  • Prepare run-out models where required
  • Ensure COAs are received during deliveries or request COA from the supplier
  • Check on outstanding deliveries and open Purchase Orders
  • Follow up with suppliers on outstanding deliveries
  • Weekly
  • Verify availability of weekly supplier stock sheets
  • Confirm NCR material uplifted by suppliers
  • Sit with Planners to go through Production/engineering plans
  • Update any reconciliation reports – CAPEX projects vs orders etc.
  • Report on stock value on hand and inventory days’ cover reasons for high stock levels and actions to reduce it.
  • Report on out-of-stock material delayed or cancelled orders – reasons for the situation and action plan to recover.
  • Fortnightly
  • Analyse contract reports and send new contract requests to Central Procurement where needed.
  • Maintain reasonable days cover of material to avoid excessive stock holding cost and space constraints
  • Monitor slow-moving materials to optimise order quantities and frequency and avoid having
  • aged stock that results in packing delays in production
  • Follow up with suppliers on credits that need to be passed on for NCR material
  • Monthly
  • Set up monthly meetings with suppliers
  • Pull monthly forecasts on material and send them to suppliers
  • Report on the stock value on hand and inventory days cover, reasons for high stock levels and actions to reduce for month-end reports
  • Report out-of-stock material, reasons for out-of-stock situation and an action plan put in place for month-end reports
  • Quarterly
  • Review MRP Master Data related to relevant material quarterly and communicate correct lead times, safety stock and minimum order quantities to update MRP Master Data

Minimum Requirements:


  • At least 3 years of experience in a similar buyer function gained within a Manufacturing or FMCG environment
  • Experience working in an engineering spare environment
  • Experience working with project order requirements is an advantage


  • A relevant completed qualification in Supply Chain Management, Logistics or Purchasing, required
  • CIPS advantageous

Additional Requirements:

  • SAP experience is essential
  • Proficient in MS Office (especially Excel)
  • Solid understanding of MRP / Master data in SAP


  • Documenting Facts
  • Building Relationships
  • Articulating Information
  • Working Together
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Attention to Detail
  • Maintaining Productivity
  • Persisting


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