Purchasing & Logistics

The UK Logistics sector is worth £55 billion to the economy. It currently employs approx 1.7 million people spanning some 65,000 companies. Not surprisingly the application of effective purchasing & logistical solutions within supply chain management has become a very high profile area within many of these successful organisations and is now being recognised as a key management function. Our Recruitment Consultants specialise in this field and have first hand experience and an in-depth knowledge.

Within the division we recruit across a diverse range of industries from Manufacturing to Retail to Warehousing and Distribution and provide the full spectrum of recruitment solutions from interim appointments, search & selection, head hunts through to permanent staffing.

We would be more than happy to discuss your requirements in greater depth to determine how our services can assist you in finding the right staffing solution for your organisation.  Please call us on  0121 321 4311


A role has become available for a Buyer, within a well-known, house-hold brand Manufacturing Company.

Their product range is huge, with a multitude of different products.  This is a fast-paced environment and the role of Buyer, would suit an energetic, 

This Buyer role is commutable from Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Halifax, Oldham and Blackburn

Benefits on Offer:

  • £30,000 
  • Excellent Pension and holidays
  • Busy, friendly manufacturing organisation
  • Long established manufacturing Business
  • Well respected and well known
  • A genuine chance to make an impact

Duties of Buyer:

  • Purchase ordering
  • Scheduling using SAP data
  • Supplier evaluation
  • Contract price negotiation
  • You will gain an understanding of their products
  • Selection of suppliers

Requirement for Buyer:

  • To have experience of MRP systems
  • You will have gained your experience from within a fast- paced manufacturing environment
  • Experience of Purchase Ordering and scheduling
  • To have an understanding of forecast changes and amendments
  • Supplier evaluation and selection exposure
  • To keep cool under pressure
  • Resilient and reliable
  • Ideally, you will be Apprentice trained
  • Happy to work Nights
  • We are looking for significant experience in Toolmaking, on new or existing tooling
  • Plenty of experience of using standard Toolroom equipment
  • Improving experience would be highly advantageous

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Support since 1994


A global manufacturing company, very much at the very forefront of new technology have a requirement for a Senior Sourcing Buyer.  With nearly 100 years of experience behind them, supplying into120 countries worldwide, they are the market leader in their field.  A role for a Senior Sourcing Buyer is now available.  We are looking for a skilled and experienced individual with excellent procurement experience, coupled with strategic thinking and the ability to multi -task, and manage day to day site sourcing issues.

This is an exception opportunity to join a World Class manufacturing company.

This role is commutable from Redditch, Alcester, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Alvechurch, Leamington Spa, Banbury, Evesham and Tewksbury

Benefits of Senior Sourcing Buyer

  • £45,000
  • Day’s role
  • Large, long established successful Business
  • Free Parking
  • Genuine long-term career prospects available
  • Modern management approach
  • Excellent work / life balance 

Duties of Senior Sourcing Buyer

  • Working closely with the Purchasing Manger on the rollout of global sourcing strategies for commodities, and show an understanding of current and future demands
  • Supplier improvement and cost reduction opportunities
  • Ensure supply of purchased material
  • Identify supply chain risks
  • Supplier relationship management activities
  • Identify cost improvement opportunities
  • Manage supplier contracts and lead contract negotiation
  • Conduct supplier analysis

Requirement of Senior Sourcing Buyer

  • Degree level or equivalent experience in Procurement and Sourcing
  • You will have previous buying experience gained from within a manufacturing environment
  • Strategic and tactical procurement experience 
  • Contract management and an understanding of contractual law
  • A curious, creative problem solver
  • Strong negotiator
  • Excel, Word and Powerpoint knowledge
  • A strong self-starter

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Purchasing Recruitment Support since 1994


We are recruiting for an experienced FLT counterbalance driver / Warehouse Operative to work within a fast-paced factory environment.

Experience and responsibilities for this FLT counterbalance driver/warehouse operative – PM shift role:

  • Must have a current FLT counterbalance license with a minimum of 2 years experience
  • Ability to read technical drawings. 
  • Good organisation & communication skills essential. 
  • Checking ‘Work in progress’ at various stages of the production process to make sure all component parts are there; labels are there, and the job is ready for welding. 
  • Always follow all Health & Safety rules in the workplace, without fail. This means behaving in accordance with the company Health & Safety guidelines.
  • Ensure all work activities are geared towards achieving collective Operational KPI`s.
  • Always follow Company procedures and processes.

Personal Attributes for this FLT counterbalance driver/warehouse operative – PM shift role:

  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible can-do attitude. 
  • Ability to adapt to new technology and work to timetables and deadlines 
  • to improve and implement best practice
  • A flexible attitude to work

Hours and salary for this FLT counterbalance driver/warehouse operative – PM shift role:

  • Monday to Thursday – 2pm to 10.30pm
  • Friday – 2pm to 8pm
  • Hourly Rate – £11.00 per hour
  • Weekly Bonus - £75 per week
  • Overtime during the week at x 1.33
  • Overtime during the weekend at x 1.5

The following areas are easily commutable for this role as a FLT counterbalance/warehouse operative – Derby, Burton, Tamworth, Nottingham, and  Mansfield 

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Support since 1994


This is an opportunity for you to join a highly successful Manufacturing business based in Droitwich as a Production Buyer within a fast paced manufacturing environment. 

In exchange for their expertise the Production Buyer will receive:

  • A competitive salary of £35,000 depending on skills and experience.
  • Working Days Mon – Fri, early Friday finish
  • Busy and friendly manufacturing organisation

Key Roles & Responsibilities for the Production Buyer:

  • Develop and implement the commodity strategy to ensure achieving cost reductions without compromising the sustainable supply chain within rubber, fastener + metal pressing.
  • Co-ordinate work efficiently to ensure time bound targets are met for New Projects.
  • Make detailed comparisons between suppliers.
  • Identify areas of non compliance and closely monitor design changes 

Negotiate with customers / suppliers and maintain relationships with existing supplier base.

Skills & experience required for the Production Buyer:

  • Successful candidates will ideally hold a Business or Engineering Degree
  • To have gained your experience in a fast- paced production/manufacturing environment, ideally within Automotive Industry.
  • Excellent hands on negotiation skills and experience of supplier audit and quotation analysis.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing practice would also be advantageous.

The role is commutable from Droitwich, Worcester, Stourport, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Stourbridge, and surrounding areas.

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Purchasing Recruitment Support since 1994



We are looking to recruit a large number of warehouse operatives for our client who is based in Bidford -upon-Avon – this is an immediate start after a paid induction

This is a 12 week ‘temp to perm’ role

  • Clean working environment
  • All workwear is provided
  • Weekly paid
  • Role and responsibilities for this Warehouse Operatives role:
  • Working in a clean and tidy warehouse
  • Packing various items as directed

Knowledge/ Experience Required for this Warehouse Operatives role

  • Previous experience of working in a warehouse would be beneficial
  • Personal Attributes for this Warehouse Operatives role:
  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible and a can do attitude. 
  • Hours and salary for this Warehouse Operatives role:
  • Monday to Friday – working rotating shifts as follows – 6am to 2pm followed by 2pm to 10pm (2 x 15 minute – paid breaks) 
  • All 8 hours are paid
  • Standard rate - £12.10 per hour 
  • 2 x 15-minute breaks - paid

The following areas are easily commutable for this role as a Production Operative – Worcester, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, or Leamington Spa



This is your opportunity to join a business that has grown to be known as a specialist and successful manufacturer and supplier to hundreds of customers and projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

From their Leicester HQ, they have invested significantly in plant and resource so that they have the best in manufacturing processes and supply operation.

About the role Warehouse Operative Role 

  • To handle goods received, help support in the warehouse functions and maintain stock count.

Warehouse Operative Key Responsibilities

  • Unloading and signing for incoming deliveries
  • Book goods received in via computer
  • Place any goods received into the correct allocated places
  • Assist in picking the daily/weekly raw material for orders
  • Assist in de-coil coil on specific machinery
  • Maintain cleanliness of the yard/warehouse
  • Carry out perpetual inventory/stock checking
  • Help operatives in other units when supervisor is away

Warehouse Operative Specification

  • A Good level of communication via phone/emails
  • Adaptable, and problem-solving skills are essential
  • Previous experience in a warehouse is essential
  • Physical strength with the ability to lift heavy items throughout the day
  • Team worker but able to make informed decisions independently
  • Be able to work flexible hours
  • Product knowledge ideal but not essential
  • Forklift licence essential

Warehouse Operative Salary and Hours 

  • £21,000 - £22,000 negotiable, dependant on experience
  • Monday – Friday 6.30am – 4.00pm (45 Hours Per Week)
  • Pension Scheme
  • 23 days holiday plus statutory holiday (up to 4 days to be used for Christmas shutdown
  • Onsite parking
  • Permanent/Full Time

This Warehouse Operative role is Commutable from: Leicester, Coventry, Rugby, Loughborough

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994



We are urgently looking for an experienced Warehouse Controller to join a CNC machining company based in Redditch. If you are immediately available and looking for a new role as an exciting Warehouse role - this is the role for you.

The Warehouse Controller role will require you to:

  • Pick and pack engineered parts
  • Experience of progress chasing
  • Will be required to undertake pressure washing of machined components
  • Work with drawings and specifications
  • Able to understand the manufacturing process
  • Ideally the Warehouse Controller will have the following background or experience:
  • Previous warehouse experience
  • A current FLT counterbalance license
  • Full UK driving license (must be over 25 due to insurance) 
  • Driving a long wheel based transit type vehicle

Salary and Hours 

  • Up to £11:50 per hour, dependant on experience
  • Monday – Friday – 7am to 4pm
  • Free Onsite Parking

This Warehouse Controller role is commutable From: Birmingham, Worcester, Stratford, Bromsgrove and Droitwich.

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994


Probe Recruitment is looking to appoint Trainee Recruitment Consultants to join our growing and successful team.   

Ideally you will be driven, a quick learner, hardworking and resilient, as these traits will enable a Trainee Recruitment Consultant to quickly build a successful patch and grow their earnings.

Some of the features that a Trainee Recruitment Consultant can expect from working for Probe include:

  • An Outstanding Commission Scheme – You could earn up to 30% on the fees that you generate, and you can earn commission on 100% of your billings.
  • Highly Competitive Basic Salaries – Commensurate with experience.  
  • A Structured Career Development Pathway – To Team Manager or Principal level.
  • A Highly Knowledgeable Team - You will work with some highly experienced and successful Consultants, some of whom have worked here for over 21 years.
  • Reduce Your Daily Commute - If you live in North Birmingham, you could cut the time and cost of going into the city each day.
  • Free Car Parking Provided 
  • Pension & Healthcare Provided – After a short qualifying period.
  • An Excellent Working Environment – This is a very friendly office culture, and we adopt a mature approach to KPI management.
  • Incentives - We run a regular individual and team-based incentives, where you can win prizes and Michelin Star meals.  We also value and reward longevity with long service awards.

If you are a driven individual, ideally with some sales experience, and would like to be become a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, I’d be very keen to discuss this opportunity with you in greater detail.  

You can initiate that conversation by applying via this advertisement, or you can call or contact me directly – andy.davies@probejobs.co.uk / 0121 321 4311.

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994


Recruitment Consultant – Sutton Coldfield

Are you an experienced Recruiter or Salesperson, who perhaps loves what you do, but not where you do it?  Does specialist and niche interest you more than big and generalist?  Would you be inspired by, working with highly knowledgeable colleagues who could make you better at your job? If this has piqued your interest, please read on, as our two current vacancies may be of interest.

A common question I receive is, do I need experience?  There’s no doubt that it can be an advantage, particularly at first, but it’s your attitude to sales, and how you would build a successful long-term business, coupled with an openness to develop which is more important than experience.  If you possess these attributes, then you would do well here, just as others have, in some cases for 20 years.

With Probe, it’s not so much what you do, but how you do it that’s important.  Our Consultants are relationship builders rather than archetypal Salespeople.  They work with clients to help resolve a problem, rather than see a client as an opportunity to make a quick buck.  They understand that if they do the right things by their clients, those relationships should look after them in the future.

But this is of course a sales role, and there would be targets, but you would be supported to achieve those targets, and you would enjoy all of the normal trappings of working within an established recruitment consultancy of nearly 30 years, such as an outstanding commission scheme, a structured career pathway, incentives, and working with an amazing team.

If you have some recruitment or sales experience, ideally within a technical field, and would like to find out whether we could be a good fit for you, then please contact Andy Davies directly – andy.davies@probejobs.co.uk / 0121 321 4311.


Are you an experienced Professional in the Material planning and Logistics industry looking to join a business that is bucking the current trend?

This is a superb opportunity to be part of a well- established manufacturing business, who with increased production, now have a requirement for a Material Planner.

In this role you will be responsible for controlling a supplier portfolio to ensure that materials are delivered on time in full managing all data and communication between the plant and Supplier


  • Using MRP / SAP to ensure optimised material requirements planning is achieved.
  • Maintain and issue supplier Schedules 
  • Control of supplier requirements and ensuring that ordering and delivery is in line with supplier lead times and payment terms.
  • Working with Production to understand exceptional material requirements translating into material delivery plans. 
  • Liaise with MP&L Logistics Analyst regarding material requirements and timed changes to minimise scrap and obsolescence costs. 
  • Control of delivery notes.
  • Control of Supplier packaging levels and regular reporting of stock levels and damage container control to minimise financial impact.
  • Provide comprehensive efficient logistics support to all areas of the business 
  • Work with projects and purchasing to support change control and new product introduction.
  • Liaise with the third party and Supplier transport companies 
  • Control of SAP master data for allocated portfolio to ensure stock optimization delivery of Supplier requirements and business objectives. 


  • Strong IT skills
  • MRP skills, preferably SAP
  • Excellent experience of Material Planning from within a fast- paced manufacturing background would be beneficial
  • Superb analytical skills
  • Essential – outstanding communication skills


  • £30,000 - £35,000
  • Pension

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the UK’s most exciting manufacturing firms in the region, with great development opportunities and support and training available.

Please send me your CV or give me a call to discuss. We have other similar roles available too!!

Probe Technical Recruitment, a Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Specialists since 1994