Company Description

Wren Laboratories is a family-run business based in Weyhill, near Andover, Hampshire. It produces the ‘OptiBac Probiotics’ range of health supplements, which are sold in independent health food stores and pharmacies across the UK & Ireland. The company is committed to growing the business with a focus towards continuous learning, team spirit, health and wellbeing. The team could be described as close-knit, enthusiastic and dedicated.

Job Description

A challenging new position has been created for an experienced Buyer / Planner to take over all elements of supply chain management. Would suite a candidate with 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar position, willing to develop the role and systems for a fast-growing dynamic company. The scope of the role would include:

  • Review sales of 12 products / 23 sku’s and forecast when replacement stock will be required.
  • Provide purchasing forecasts on a monthly basis for the manufacturers.
  • Place orders for the stock from the leading probiotic manufacturers worldwide in a timely manner, avoiding a product going out-of-stock or being over stocked on a particular sku.
  • Place orders for the product packaging and liaise with printing companies.
  • Work with the company import agent to clear goods through customs.
  • Liaise with our contract packer and provide them with a 12 monthly rolling forecast.
  • Nurture relationships with all suppliers.
  • Liaise with the marketing and technical teams on packaging development.
  • Arrange the logistics for the probiotic, packaging and contract packer.
  • Advise management team on any stock shortages or surpluses.
  • Liaise with the Export Manager on export requirements and order stock accordingly.
  • Liaise with the Managing Director, who negotiates prices and terms with the probiotic suppliers.
  • Liaise with the New Product Development Manager on new product launches.


  • Experience in the health food industry is advantageous.
  • Driven, hardworking, self-motivated and assertive.
  • Confidentiality, discretion and dependability essential.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail is an essential attribute.
  • Excellent computer skills, numeracy and written English.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and pick up new processes.
  • Ability to manage own work load, prioritise tasks in order of importance and meet deadlines.
  • Appreciation for the value of joining a close-knit, family-run, growing business.
  • Willingness to help team members during busy periods.
  • Ability to commute to Weyhill daily essential.


  • Experience working in an office environment is essential.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in a Buyer / Planner position advantageous
  • Advance level Excel advantageous.
  • Experience providing excellent customer service necessary.


  • Education to GCSE A* - C standard or equivalent in English and Maths essential
  • CIPS qualification advantageous
  • Full, clean, driving licence is advantageous.

Hours, Salary & Start date

  • Permanent position, full time 8 ½ hours per day.
  • Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
  • Start August 2017.
  • Opportunity for personal & professional development.

To apply

  • Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this position, unless in exceptional circumstances. For more information contact us on 01264 369 936 and ask for Debbie.

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