Buyer/Planner in Altra at Formsprag Clutch

Date Posted: 8/4/2022

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Job Description


The Buyer/Planner will mainly be responsible for establishing and managing contracts with key suppliers. Additionally, the Buyer will develop cost saving sourcing strategies to leverage total spend. Will review total cost of ownership of materials. Manage all material functions including purchasing, production, scheduling, inventory control and global sourcing.  Compiles information and records to prepare purchase and work orders by performing essential duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work extensively within SAP and other tools to place and procure materials to support production.
  • Analyze the requirements on finished goods, prioritize shipments from suppliers, and dates materials are needed.
  • Lead and develop planning processes that supports all value streams.
  • Negotiate with suppliers using fact-based data and support the materials manager with executing long term supplier agreements that comply with corporate regulations.
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze market trends to develop strategic sourcing process.
  • Support the materials manager in defining and implementing a strategic sourcing process to meet internal needs, while obtaining maximum value from suppliers.
  • Track KPI performance and other performance metrics, review variances with materials manager.
  • Generate cost savings opportunities, ensure successful delivery of opportunities, and report against status to Materials Manager.
  • Support cost reduction activities including cost analysis, VA/VE and resourcing.
  • Issue RFQ’s to vendors and follow up as needed via email and phone call.
  • Confers with suppliers concerning late deliveries.
  • Proactively monitor leading indicators for potential supply disruptions to fulfill operational needs and work to resolve in a timely manner.
  • Compares prices, specifications, and delivery dates and awards contract to bidders or places orders with suppliers or mail order firms.
  • Work with project teams to ensure suppliers understand company requirements and deliverables; report on material readiness to support project lead times.
  • Assists in reconciling purchase and accounts payable variances with vendors and accounts payable.
  • Issue work orders to the production floor in accordance to manufacturing lead times and customer expected delivery date.
  • Schedule cell areas with the Value Steam Manager and Team Lead.
  • Report production delays and material issues.
  • Issue Sub contractual l and External processed purchase orders tied to work orders.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Critical Competencies

  • Knowledge of manufacturing standards and practices.
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills, including the ability to gather and organize relevant information, and identify underlying issues or problems, trends, and cause-effect relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively develop and write routine reports, process instructions and business correspondences. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees and managers, customers, and suppliers.
  • Highly productive with a strong sense of urgency and orientation to details, accuracy, and excellent outcomes. Results-oriented with a demonstrated ability to effectively manage time and multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to adapt to internal processes and change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Ability to be self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Willing and able to occasionally travel domestically for supplier visits and training opportunities.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience Requirements                                                                                            

  • BA/BS Degree in Materials or Business Management or equivalent combination of experience and education. 4 years of materials management experience as a Purchasing Agent, Planner/Scheduler, or Master Scheduler in a manufacturing environment (preferably machining).
  • APICS or ISM (CPIM or CPM) certifications preferred. Prior knowledge and experience with continuous improvement tools (lean manufacturing techniques, rates-based planning, Kanban replenishment, etc.) is preferred.

Physical Demand and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, twist, squat, overhead reach, and use hands.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock, explosives, and vibration. The noise levels in the work environment it usually moderate. However, on some instances this job may require work in areas where ear protection is necessary.

Lifting requirements include but not limited to the following:

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds occasionally.

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