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Sr. Buyer/Planner

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Company: SCM Talent Group
Contract: PERM
Location: San Jose Area, CA, United States

The Senior Buyer/Planner is responsible for sourcing and planning materials to support manufacturing, R&D and other groups within the company. 

Essential Job Functions

·     Sources, purchases, plans, and schedules the movement of raw materials, packaging materials, parts, components, services including subcontract, supplies, finished goods, and related material through production and inventory process. 

·      Reviews purchase requisitions for completeness; review support documentation, currency, payment terms, alignment of back up documentation to requisition and clarity of description.

·       Create purchase orders and provide monthly forecast to suppliers based on production planning requirements.

·  Identifies raw material, component, and related requirements from engineering and production specifications and schedules. Coordinates quality matters and engineering/changes or developments to suppliers. 

·      Analyzes data and determines factors that affect prices and determines lowest cost consistent with quality, reliability, and ability to meet required schedules.  Compiles information to keep informed on price trends and manufacturing processes.

·    Coordinates and follows up with production, warehouse, and engineering personnel to ensure appropriate procurement, scheduling, and movement of materials and services.

·       Monitors status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials, including timely resolution, communication, and mitigation of future potential issues.  Expedite material delivery or explore other possible options with supplier to avoid parts stock out. 

·         Resolves issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns, and quality issues and non-conformances with suppliers.

·         Supports R&D group for early supplier selection and cost negotiation; initiate new supplier set-up process.

·         Produces and develop relevant inventory and procurement reports on a regular basis to track and monitor various areas of performance.

·         Collaborates with vendors to conduct physical inventory, report and resolve potential issues on inventory discrepancy.

·         Attends daily production meeting, track inventory and production status; resolve and escalate issues that can potentially impact supply; provide receiving inspection and lot release testing priority in response to product demand.

·         Conducts weekly meetings with key vendors to ensure that delivery schedules are on-track and resolve supplier related issues.

·         Initiates and coordinate shipments of components to sub-contracted vendors for further processing and perform purchase order returns for parts that need to be returned to vendor.

·         Leads activities related to the MRP/ERP system, including writing and executing work instructions, data collection and input into ERP, master data setup and clean-up, and reporting.  Complete various transactions into ERP system as required.

·         Other duties as assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree in business or related discipline with 5+ years of work experience in manufacturing operations and/or supply chain; prior experience in a regulated environment (i.e. medical device, pharmaceutical).

·         Experience with production planning, material requirements planning, BOM management, NPI / EOL, re-order point and other replenishment planning methodologies.

·         Ability to work with diversified supplier base and high-mix production environment, with ability to connect the details to higher level goals.

·         Strong financial and business acumen; maximize cost savings and value creation with all suppliers to improve company’s profitability; cost accounting understanding/experience.

·         Strong data analysis, data management and quantitative skills; ability to identify patterns.

·         Strong team player capable of working individually as well as collaborating with cross-functional teams; build relationships at all levels within the internal organization and external suppliers / vendors.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and presentation skills.

·         Working knowledge of quality system requirements and compliance (e.g. traceability, QSRs, ISO, MDD requirements).

·         Experience working with, managing and implementing ERP/MRP systems, QAD strongly preferred

·         Understanding of contracts (supply, services, non-disclosures agreements, etc.).

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).

·         Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt (or comparable training).

·         APICS certification preferred.






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