Position Overview

The Senior Buyer/Planner performs and coordinates the scheduling, planning, procurement and expediting for specific product lines to meet master schedule and customer order requirements. This position is also responsible for maintaining inventory levels supporting production/R&D and customer requirements, while maintaining economic control of inventories.
  • Supports new product development by coordinating supplier’s input during the development period and leads negotiation for desired results and purchase validation materials
  • Establishes and maintains supplier relations and partnerships
  • Develops and identifies supply sources and alternatives that are relevant to the needs of the business
  • Must be able to collect, analyze and interpret manufacturing data in order to make decisions that may impact production, staff or processes
  • Identifies and implements cost savings/cost avoidance opportunities
  • Reviews and processes purchase requisitions and purchase orders while implementing procurement strategies, policies and procedures, while successfully managing risks
  • Serves as the key point of contact for authorized requesters, managers and suppliers to troubleshoot and resolve purchase requisition and purchase order issues
  • Must be able to prioritize own assignments, while focusing on key tasks despite limited time and resources
  • Resolves quality, pricing and delivery issues with suppliers
  • Interfaces with Accounts Payable and internal customers to resolve invoice and receiving discrepancies
  • Must possess the ability to maintain projects and critical tasks progressing when delays or problems occur
    • Degree in related field
    • Five (5) years of related experience
    • One (1) year of experience supporting in-house manufacturing
    • Professional certification (APICS, ISM, ASP) a plus
    • Strong Knowledge of ERP/MRP Systems, BOM and planning skills
    • Tactical experience with lean principles, supply chain management including material flow and delivery applications
    • Must have a good understanding of manufacturing, purchasing, scheduling and planning processes
    • Strong analytical, problem solving and negotiating skills
    • Knowledge of medical device associated supply base a plus
    • Experience with developing & implementing ordering policies
    • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills to build and enhance solid working relationships that promote collaboration and cooperation with all levels of the company and suppliers
    • Accepts the responsibility of a leadership role in improving processes
    • Must be able to problem solve and think independently in a constantly changing production environment
    • Works under minimal supervision while assisting less experienced peers
    • Possesses sound judgment and exceptional time management skills
    • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, Access and Outlook