Materials Controller

up to £45,000

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  • Salary: up to £45,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Based 3 days per week at Sunswap’s Leatherhead HQ

About us

We are a clean-tech organisation who have created the world’s first purpose built battery and solar powered transport refrigeration unit (TRU). This is a fully electric system, is true zero-emission*, viable alternative to diesel power. Since being established in 2020 we have scaled a world-class team by 77% to accelerate innovation across all departments. We are looking for talent who want to join us on our mission, to decarbonise the global cold chain.

Last year we proudly announced partnerships with 8 customers including Samworth BrothersBannister TransportDFDS and Staples Vegetables & secured investment from Barclays and Clean Growth Fund to fuel our mission to decarbonise the cold chain. This year we were announced the Winner of the 2024 Technological Breakthrough award from the Cold Chain Federation.

Primarily, our team and culture distinguish Sunswap as an exceptional workplace. Our collective commitment to decarbonising the global cold chain unites us, fostering mutual support in achieving our mission. We strive to cultivate an inclusive, forward-thinking, and engaging culture that embraces everyone.

Our benefits 

  • 30 days of annual leave (includes a Wellbeing Day)
  • Sabbatical (after 3 years of working with Sunswap)
  • 5 free counselling sessions per year
  • Family leave ranging from 4 weeks to 4 months
  • Employee Share Options
  • Free Monthly Lunches & Quarterly Socials!
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free laptop & Sunswap merch

Job overview

We are currently seeking a skilled Material Controller to join the Sunswap team. You will play a crucial role in our supply chain management team, ensuring the seamless flow of materials required for our TRU manufacturing. You will be responsible for overseeing the procurement process, expressing delivery needs to suppliers, managing inventory levels and contributing to the governance of our suppliers delivery performances. This is a newly created position, offering the opportunity to shape and mature the role while contributing to the success of our growing organisation.

Key responsibilities

  • Identify required materials based on production schedules and forecasts.
  • Collaborate with the procurement team to ensure the contractual agreements are reflected in the ERP system.
  • Communicate effectively and regularly with suppliers to foster collaboration, convey requirements, check the status of deliveries, address concerns, and resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Monitor, analyse and share supplier performance KPI’s with different stakeholders (internal & external). Address any issues or discrepancies in delivery, quality, or pricing.
  • Participate/lead supplier performance improvement.
  • Implement inventory management processes and strategies to optimise stock levels while minimising excess or obsolete inventory, in collaboration with the inventory team.
  • Lead the logistics activities to arrange transportation and delivery of materials on-time, to minimise costs and improve efficiency.
  • Follow up deliveries, track missing parts and ensure the availability of goods for Sunswap projects.
  • Identify opportunities for process optimisation and cost reduction and actively participate in cross-functional teams to drive continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Implement, ensure and update the accuracy of material planning master data (in compliance with stock and logistic constraints).
  • Create Material Planning documents (Call-off, Schedule Agreement) & respective Source List.

Qualifications & experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, business administration, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in materials management, procurement, or supply chain operations, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong understanding of supply chain principles and inventory management techniques.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills with the ability to build and maintain effective supplier relationships.
  • Proficiency in using ERP systems or Supply Chain management software.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly to changing priorities.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving abilities. Ability to analyse complex data and make informed decisions.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions in a fast-paced environment.