The Buyer/Planner has the primary responsibility of ensuring material availability to support the production schedule. Other responsibilities include managing inventory levels, supporting material/product level revisions, interacting/coordinating with the supplier on a variety of topics, and supporting other business functions as required.


  • Place purchase orders with suppliers for the procurement of production material as required by forecast and the production schedule.
  • Monitor status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials, including timely resolution, communication, and mitigation of future potential problems
  • Expedite or defer orders as required based on schedule/inventory changes
  • Determine and establish optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation and material lead times
  • Coordinate material flows throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new suppliers and/or materials due to new product development
  • Manage the inter-company flow or materials between warehouse locations
  • Manage and resolve issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns and quality problems with suppliers
  • Monitor supplier performance with a system that monitors, measures, and provides feedback on supplier performance.
  • Provide back-up support for supply chain functions including shipping, receiving, material handling and other duties as assigned
  • Setup and maintain material master system planning parameters (MOQ, lead time, safety stocks)
  • Collaborate with internal customers and provide a high level of customer service, including recommending solutions, resources, and alternative supply options
  • Ensure and promote compliance to Company and Procurement policies and procedures
  • Accurately identify risks that affect supply, transformation, delivery, and customer demand


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain or 5-7 years of experience in a buyer/planner/material scheduler role working for a direct manufacturer
  • APICS CPIM/CSCP, CPSM certification completed or in progress, preferred
  • Expert applied knowledge of forecasting, MRP, transportation, supply chain, inventory management and warehousing disciplines
  • Proficient with MS Office suite – advanced skills with MS Excel
  • Proficient in IQMS highly preferred
  • Familiar with Six sigma tools and methodology
  • Strong sense of urgency and attention to detail
  • Excellent organization, communication, and follow-up skills
  • Able to influence others and manage conflict
  • Ability to self-direct and take constructive action in ambiguous situations
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Possess positive and professional attitude
  • Extremely high standards of excellence and integrity
  • Analytical with a methodical approach to problem solving
  • Incorporate methods and techniques involved in lean and Just-in-Time (JIT) management.
  • Hold gains in process improvements by establishing KPI’s, benchmarking metrics and continuous process improvement initiatives to improve process quality on a continual basis.
  • Experience establishing and employing demand-pull material planning methods

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