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Buyer/Planner

SUMMARY
Provide uninterrupted supply of purchased materials. Order and schedule materials to support customer expectations based on intimate knowledge of established supply chain and through accurate and proficient use of corporate manufacturing resource planning (MRP) tools. Monitor and control inventory levels in concert with customer seasonality and product lifecycles.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties may be assigned in addition to the following:
Evaluate suggested buy, defer, expedite and exception reports.
Review exceptions on Purchase Order (PO) acknowledgements with the appropriate individuals (Master Production Scheduler regarding impact of late delivery; a Strategic Buyer regarding pricing or terms; etc).
Review and cancel PO releases as required.
Arrange expedited deliveries from suppliers if needed.
Arrange drop-shipped deliveries to outside operations.
Work closely with the Manager Manufacturing and Production Supervisors to ensure timely delivery of materials and provide immediate notification of all situations affecting delivery or quality.
Expedite parts or material and initiate corrective action as appropriate based on cause identified.
Arrange for rework or replacement shipment of parts or materials on non-conformance reports and follow on resolution and corrective action.
Monitor/delay/expedite purchased materials as necessary to control inventories, provide for smooth production, and manage transportation costs.
Implement Lean Manufacturing Inventory Management principles as appropriate.
Conduct cycle count activities as necessary.
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties may be assigned in addition to the following:
Support corporate purchasing group in production and nonproduction commodities as needed.
Remain knowledgeable and current with recognized procurement practices.
Accompany Strategic Buyer on select supplier visits to enhance knowledge of supplier capabilities and commodities.
Resolve receiving discrepancies with assistance of Strategic Buyer as required.
Support goals and objectives for inventory reduction, returnable packaging, etc.
Provide back-up support to plant level customer support and order entry.

Required Qualifications:
Business, Engineering or technically-oriented business College Undergraduate degree strongly preferred; or a combination of a business/technically orientated Associates degree and at least two (2) years of Materials/Purchasing/Supply Chain experience; or a high school graduate (or equilivant) and at least six (6) years related experience.
At least one (1) year's related experience as a Buyer or Buyer/Planner in a manufacturing organization.
Experience performing functions using an ERP System (strongly prefer experience with XA/Mapics).
Strong computer skills including solid knowledge/experience with Microsoft Office Suite products required.
Strongly prefer APICS, CPIM, CSCP or related certifications.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Less than 10% travel. Employee must be able to drive moderate distance (up to eight hours) by car/van and fly in an airplane domestically.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
An entrepreneurial-oriented individual with the scope and vision to think strategically but operate pragmatically within a matrix organization
Assertive and creative, with an inherent bias toward action.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Self-managed and motivated.
Ability to manage and motivate others.
Wide breadth of mental scope and creativity. Strong problem-solving instincts and capabilities.


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