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Junior Buyer/Planner in Allentown, PA at Synerfac

Date Posted: 7/12/2018

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Job Description

Job Title: Junior Buyer / Planner
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Summary: The Buyer / Planner position has overall accountability for managing the supply chain from raw materials to finished goods in a fast paced work environment. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Negotiate with suppliers to attain the necessary cost, quality, lead-times and payment terms needed to meet product margins and delivery targets.
• Identifies potential suppliers and determine if they meet the specified requirements for product demand.
• Develops and maintain strong working relationships and communications with suppliers and internal and external customers.
• Release and enter purchase orders for the suppliers to meet the production schedule while keeping balanced inventories.
• Enter purchase orders on a daily basis based on the requirements generated from Kanban cards.
• Rotate parts into the Kanban program as it makes sense to add them.
• Create accurate and auditable purchasing records through the ERP system, purchase orders with vendor documentation and certifications.
• Maintain accurate Purchase Order due dates in the ERP system.
• Push-in / Pull-out Purchase Order due dates as needed to prevent production disruptions, delays, down time and excess inventory.
• Resolve supplier delivery problems (late or early) in a timely manner and escalate if assistance is required.
• Assist in resolving supplier non-conformance and invoice discrepancies
• Communicates any potential parts delays that may impact production schedules to their manager immediately.
• Measures and reports the delivery performance of suppliers and issues Supplier Ratings to key suppliers on an annual basis.
• Assist with the audits of suppliers to meet quality standards and ISO requirements.
• Execute RFQ’s as needed to support production and Engineering needs.
• Assist Engineering on ECN’s and participates in the phasing in and phasing out of product lines while limiting the inventory obsolescence and manufacturing down time.
• Advise engineering when there is a possible need to change specifications on products.
• Review the monthly forecast and release the work orders which will drive the material needs that need to be ordered on a monthly basis.
• Develop forecasts for key vendors.
• Schedule, release, review and close work orders.
• Invoice orders upon completion so that shipping can properly complete the orders.
• Print the picking sheets and production cover sheets that need to be distributed to the production supervisors.
• Assign VIN numbers and serial numbers to each unit.
• Perform cycle counting and verify WIP to maintain stock accuracy. Analyze and reconcile variance, determining and solving root causes.
• Assist and support the needs of the Production Manager.
• Assist with the execution of the physical inventory and reconciliation of the Physical Inventory.
• Assist with the decisions to dispose of obsolete inventory and the execution of the disposition.
• Make recommendations to manager for improvement of processes.
• Complete special projects and assignments as requested.

Job Requirements

• Position requires 2 to 3 years of similar experience, with a strong preference for experience in a manufacturing environment.
• Prior ERP System experience (Sage a plus) is preferred but the ability to learn the system is required.
• Strong MSOffice skills, especially Excel.
• An enthusiastic self-starter with a strong drive to improve existing processes is strongly desired.
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail.
• The ability to balance short/long term priorities and exceptional multitasking skills are a must for the position.
• Good mathematical, accounting, negotiation and interpersonal skills are essential.
• Preferred to have experience with a small to mid-sized family business.