Collins McNicholas

Role Responsibilities:

 Buyer / Planner Performance:

  • Responsibility for leading a technical team in achieving business and operational objectives.
  • Implement and maintain a lean manufacturing system within the supply chain environment.
  • Ensure non value-added activity is reduced in all related processes by using lean / kaizen tools and techniques.
  • Take responsibility for supply chain costs and conformance with budgets and targets.
  • Introduce new targets and KPI’s to measure performance.
  • Negotiate with suppliers the best possible price for all materials ensuring compliance to required standard of quality.
  • Identify and implement cost saving initiatives.
  • Schedule production efficiently with Operations to achieve customer demand targets (OTD) and associated product mix.
  • Entry and confirmation of orders in order management system planning and scheduling the optimum capacity of plant equipment
  • Liaise with engineering department to assist with the introduction of new products and equipment.
  • Support engineering to deliver yield, NPI and efficiency goals.
  • Identify new manufacturing agents to improve throughput and increase tool life while driving down costs ensuring compliance to quality requirements.
  • Prepare Project Status & relevant reports for Management reviews.
  • Present, where appropriate, technical data to internal / external audit and inspection groups as required


  • Liaise with the Stores department to ensure that production plans, material requirements are communicated effectively & efficiently.


  • Comply with all relevant training requirements and adhere to relevant associated documentation.
  • Ensure that supply chain personnel are aware of and adhere to all procedures and GMP requirements.
  • Promote & maintain awareness and compliance of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policies in accordance with best practice and legal requirement.
  • Promote and uphold company performance standards and ideology (on time delivery, quality, lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, housekeeping & work ethic).

Human Resource:

  • Manage, Motivate and Develop the Supply Chain Team.
  • Provide technical leadership for supply chain personnel.
  • Identify individual training needs.
  • Implement, monitor and review training and development plans.
  • Conduct and record annual performance appraisals.
  • Develop harmonious inter-departmental working relationships within operations and other functions and ensure employees within supply chain have the necessary information and resources to effectively perform their jobs.
  • Address any staff discipline or grievance issue, maintaining appropriate records in accordance with company procedures.
  • Establish goals and objectives for self and team and implement accordingly to help support / improve job performance (experience, ability, competence).


Role Requirements:

  • Comprehensive understanding of Supply Chain including Operations, Quality, Manufacturing etc.
  • Medical device or regulated industry experience highly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and proficiency in problem solving processes and techniques.
  • Analyse and proactively look for issues that may delay customer delivery.
  • Ability to interface and communicate with different levels of the organisation.  Includes ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers.
  • Ability to manage though influence.
  • Be conversant and have a good working knowledge of Lean/Six Sigma.
  • Committed to driving a culture of Continuous Improvement.
  • Well organised & disciplined, good attention to detail, sets priorities and manages time effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g. coaching, motivating, conflict management).
  • Customer focused environment
  • Strong computer and communication skills
  • Business systems and knowledge of impact to business
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional
  • Minimum 5 years related experience; or equivalent combination education and experience.
  • Experience with FDA and ISO quality system requirements – Preferred
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Accredited Lean / Six Sigma qualification (Green Belt or Higher) – a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent written, organization, and computer skills
  • Experience in working with customers.

For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Eloísa Ruiz on 021 4911066 or email

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