Buyer Planner

Reports to:  Plant Manager

Supervises:  N/A

Job Summary:

The Buyer Planner is responsible for planning, sourcing and procurement of materials, components, assemblies, and MRO items and services to meet Inclinator’s demand requirements.  These parts and services are to be secured at cost, quality, and delivery timeframes required to meet demand and in line with policy and performance standards.  The Buyer Planner is also responsible for managing raw materials and components inventories, maximizing inventory turns while also ensuring adequate supply for production requirements.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Generate MRP, review demand and initiate purchase orders for materials and/or services to meet required production schedules
  • Negotiate and enforce costs and terms and conditions with all suppliers
  • Perform inventory analytics to ensure optimal inventory levels and disposition of obsolete and defective inventory items.
  • Lead the Material Review Board (MRB)
  • Establish and maintain replenishment pull systems (Kanban’s) for key materials and components
  • Record receipts against purchase orders for shipments received in the plant
  • Responsible for inspection of incoming shipments for quality and quantity
  • Track current vendor performance including on-time delivery, quality and cost
  • Explore new suppliers to support reduced costs and improved throughput without erosion of quality
  • Must work closely with the accounting team to insure proper fiscal reporting for inventory levels and material costing
  • Coordinate with sales team on special orders to insure customer satisfaction
  • Work with engineering team to update sub-assemblies as required

Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or equivalent
  • Three to five years’ experience in purchasing and materials control in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in coordinating outsourced manufacturing
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Access)
  • Hands on experience with ERP and material planning systems (i.e. Visual, SAP, Oracle, etc.)
  • Understanding of inventory, forecasting, and demand management
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong computer and phone skills in a procurement/supply chain role
  • APIC’s certification (CPIM or CSCP) and Lean/CI training and experience strongly preferred