vacancy: Materials Procurement Planner (part-time)

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Knaresborough, UK


At naughtone we believe our people are integral to our success.  As such we believe in both looking after you and helping you forge the career you deserve.  We believe people want more than just the usual benefits. A career with us not only offers you generous and competitive remuneration package inclusive of bonus, pension, life/health insurance and 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time opportunities), you will also get a host of employee support and wellbeing benefits and crucially the opportunity for rapid career progression. These genuine opportunities for your development are made possible as a result of our continued rapid growth globally, alongside a proactive, serious and supportive approach to both developing and looking after our people.

The story of naughtone is as impressive as it is inspiring. Established little more than 15 years ago we quickly became a global player in the world of contract furniture by designing and producing beautiful, stylish furniture manufactured to impeccable standards. Our products are now seen in offices all over the world, sold to many of the world’s most influential brands like Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Naughtone was recognised for it’s global position in international market and we now proud recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2019. Now an independent brand within the Miller Knoll
Group and have every intention to go from strength to strength.

As part of our continued growth, we are now looking for a part time Materials Procurement Planner to join our friendly team. The role is a part time opportunity working approximately 20 hours a week, based over either four or five days. At naughtone we adopt a hybrid working model, meaning our teams embrace a mix of working from home and from our head office based in Knaresborough.

Working as part of a team of six, the procurement planner role is critical in ensuring components arrive to meet ever changing demands of the business and in our commitment to our customers to delivery on time and in full.

The role will be responsibility for daily, weekly & monthly planning and requisition of materials for a group of key suppliers. A varied, busy and demanding role that requires dexterity, you will be responsible for planning demands, raising purchase orders, monitoring confirmations and reporting on purchasing activities.  Forging strong working relationships with suppliers will be a key element of the role to ensure delivery schedules are met.

Given the nature of the role the successful candidate will need to be:

  • Relationship builder with the ability to collaborate well
  • Flexible and adaptable with a solution focused approach
  • Strong administration skills with an eye for detail
  • Organised and efficient

The day to day responsibilities will include:

Raise purchase orders, according to production requirements & manage through to confirmation with supplier

  • Accurate maintenance of purchase orders to ensure simple reconciliation to purchase invoices
  • Monitoring of stock requirements to drive efficiencies for both naughtone and the suppliers
  • Ensure product deadlines are met in line with agreed timescales
  • Liaise with suppliers to negotiate improved lead times.
  • Identify root causes of supplier NCRs & and implement appropriate solutions with the Operations team
  • Attend shortage meetings and manage short lead-time requests from the business through to the supplier
  • Produce & distribute departmental reports relating to shortages and identify the cause of & rectify identified shortages to ensure an OTIF delivery to the customer
  • Arrange and attend weekly supplier meetings to ensure OTIF deliveries.
  • Maintenance of data in internal systems
  • Liaise with suppliers to resolve any outstanding queries and issues, within agreed SLA
  • Liaise with other colleagues across the Operations teams to resolve issues relating to deliveries are resolved within agreed timescales


If you feel you have the skills we are looking for and would like to be part of the naughtone team, we would love to hear from you.