Under the general supervision of the Procurement Manager, the Buyer/Planner’s primary responsibility will be managing the day to day material planning and placement of purchase orders for the assigned commodities. The person will also support and execute commodity and cost reduction strategies, participate in supplier negotiations, purchase agreements, new source identification and selection, and manages supplier relationships. This position works closely with customer service, operations and R&D to facilitate and implement cost reduction projects by leveraging other internal business units, and global sourcing to effectively drive cost out of the supply chain.
- Utilize Material Requirements Planning (MRP) to plan and execute purchase orders.
- Work with key stakeholders to optimize inventory levels to support demand requirements.
- Knowledge of good clinical practices and protocols, and supporting regulatory compliance.
- Locate, evaluate, negotiate, and select suppliers and potential suppliers to gain the best quality, cost and delivery of purchased material consistent with required standards.
- Strong analytical skills to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
- Leads purchasing activities with manufacturing, engineering, and customer service departments to identify alternative suppliers.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently towards a defined goal. Attention to detail a must.
- Strong customer service focus to enhance satisfaction, demonstrate judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal and external customers.
- Knowledge of supply chain programs (consignment, JIT, VMI, etc.) and ability to manage project execution of these programs.
- Improves processes and creates efficiencies through lean initiatives (Practical Process Improvement) and project management.
- Manage metrics to track overall success and effectiveness of commodity performance.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing operations, business administration, operations management, purchasing, or equivalent work experience.
- Three to five years procurement experience, preferably in global sourcing, in a high paced working environment.
- APICS or ISM certification is strongly desired.
- Some experience in a scientific environment or knowledge of chemistry or biology is a plus.
- Project management and ability to develop strong support for change with all levels of internal and external organizations.
- Strong organization skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Effective interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Ability to make decisions and solve practical problems with a variety of variables in situations where standardization may be limited.
- Statistical analysis skills; must be able to analyze trends and statistical data and make appropriate decisions and recommendations.
- Self-driven, results oriented, and motivated to work effectively without direct supervision.
- Ability to interpret technical data and a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- Proficiency with off-the-shelf database applications.