The Sr. Buyer/Planner researches, evaluates and purchases production parts, service, equipment and other supplies to meet company requirements. The position selects audits, monitors and statuses suppliers and their performance / suitability to meet company requirements. This position will drive component costs down and involve contracts negotiation / supplier relationships to reduce business risk. Maintains appropriate inventory levels for component inventory.
Supports management business plans and analyses new business requirements.
Utilizes MRP, opens/maintains/closes purchase orders for production material, outside processing, engineering specials and new products to support production and revenue.
Establishes/maintains positive working relationships with suppliers.
Negotiates for competitive costs, high standards of quality, and on time delivery.
Responsible for supplier audits and performance reviews.
Modifies PO per ECR/ECO.
Follows up on shortage alerts and provide status updates at the daily production meeting.
Keeps Problem Shelf, MRB, and Past Due PO’s under tight control.
Maintains reports to reflect schedules, status and performance.
Participates in New Product Development by working closely with engineering and manufacturing to help set up the proper product structures for make, buy, turn-key and outsourcing components, sub-assembly and finished goods products. Offers strategic advice to the NPI team.
Strategic Inventory Planning and Management:
Plans strategic supplier held inventory programs and monitors balances and turns for key components.
Analyzes inventory and establishes processes to prevent and disposition excess/slow/obsolete.
Helps resolve inventory issues.
Works with Mfg Eng. to identify/drive potential outsourced assemblies.
Works closely with Order Management to drive on-time delivery of product to customers
Represents the Materials and Supply Chain organization in projects and in meetings
Searches for alternative/qualified supplier and replacement to support new or existing projects
Performs duties to ISO/cGMP procedures and regulations
Coordinates with Accounts Payable to ensure invoice accuracy, support accounting reconciliation
Performs other duties as assigned
Detail-oriented and self-motivated
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent organizational and analytical skills
Ability to organize and manage time across multiple tasks
Thorough working knowledge of MRP systems
Working knowledge of Master/Production scheduling, Manufacturing, ECR/ECO process/execution, Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Accounting
Advanced Excel skills
Advanced process development skills
APICS Certification preferred
Excellent report writing and presentation skills
Mandarin speaking highly preferred
Understanding of master schedule preferred
Strategically analyze and manages supplier performance through QBR process
Capable of preparing/presenting complex project reports/status for upper management