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Buyer 2, Purchasing
Ref No.: 18-27782
Location: Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Job Title: Buyer 2, Purchasing/ Junior Buyer
Location: Zelienople, PA, 16063
Duration: 3 Months
Summary of Position: 
The Jr. Buyer is responsible to plan all materials to support the manufacturing schedule and accomplish inventory goals. Responsible for assuring all materials needed for production and distribution are acquired on a timely basis and in accordance with company policies and procedures and inventory targets. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Supports purchasing activities for the plant. 
  • Determines component requirements from the MRP generation run. 
  • Collects necessary information and documentation for submission of PO's with suppliers and sends PO's to suppliers 
  • Communicates with vendors to obtain information critical to the procurement/sourcing process (price, delivery, invoicing problems, expediting, etc). 
  • Supports the procurement of all items for the production schedule while adhering to established inventory goals. 
  • Corresponds tactfully with sources or potential sources of supplies to overcome any misunderstanding, complaints, etc., or to secure further pertinent information regarding purchased materials. 
  • Issues purchase orders to suppliers, establishes appropriate material delivery requirements, and ensures proper maintenance of open purchase orders.
  • Processes both MRO and MRP purchase orders. 
  • Participates in inventory reconciliation including cycle counting and yearly physical inventories if applicable. 
  • Supports the maintenance of the systems for production planning, purchasing, and inventory control/warehousing via established MRP system. 
  • Works on special reports/projects as required by Management. 
  • Supports for drafting and routing procurement specification changes and updates via established document control system when applicable. 
  • Proactively reports product and material availability issues – assists in the development and implementation of mitigation plans related to these issues. 
  • Participates in daily production meetings. 
  • Reviews account payable invoice discrepancies, which the Accounts Payable Department refers for approval, particularly where the price or other item does not agree with the purchase order, as needed. 
  • Adheres to and performs according to SOPs and policies governing the various plant functions. 
  • Complies with cGMP, Quality Standards, and established policies and/or procedures. 
  • Supports the identification, development, and implementation of CIPs (Cost Improvement Projects) and PPV (Purchase Price Variance) opportunities in order to meet annual variance goals. 
  • Completes special projects and assignments as requested by Materials Manager and Plant Manager. 
  • Supports Company objectives of inventory levels, quality levels, pricing controls, and inventory availability to support the master schedule. 
    Expedites as needed. 

Other duties as required. 

  • BS in business or related field preferred. 
  • Experience in ERP/MRP systems required. 
  • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc) 
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel. 
  • Must understand the function of quality in an ISO manufacturing environment. 
  • Experience with data/cost analytics a plus. 
  • 1+ years' experience as a Buyer/Planner preferred.
  • Experience developing cost standards, price negotiation, vendor selection, and maintenance of purchase order system a plus. 

    Additional Desirable Qualifications Skills and Knowledge: 
  • Ability to achieve inventory and cost objectives while best utilizing personnel and equipment resources. 
  • Ability to provide material availability to the shop floor when required. 
  • Interpersonal skills. 
  • Backorder Management. 
  • Timely and accurate reporting of Production and other critical data to management. 
  • Effective communications (verbal and written). 
  • Plant variance goal execution, especially PPV and CIP goals. 
Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time. Occasionally the employee may be required to lift or move at least 25 pounds. 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.