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Senior Purchaser Planner

Company: Thorlabs
Location: Sterling
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

The Senior Purchaser Planner will be responsible for, but not limited to, Managing the Supply Chain and Inventory and Production Scheduling functions for the Virginia Scientific Imaging Systems Group and Machine shop by:Working with operations, manufacturing, Engineering R&D, internal sales, and overseas officesNegotiating prices, establishing lead times and purchasing products,Planning, scheduling of machine shop and inventory management.The successful candidate will also work with our overseas office staff to place and follow-up on all orders and verify and communicate to our internal and external sales team any manufacturing and shipping delays. Other tasks of the planning/purchasing position will include project work to reduce costs and improve processes as well as on ongoing vendor evaluations in accordance to ISO 9001 requirements.Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:Key Purchasing and Planning tasks:Use the Microsoft Axapta Dynamics MRP computer system to purchase and plan all productsUse Power BI reports to develop metrics to be able to ensure good on time delivery of products and reduce zero stock SKUsDevelop daily purchasing, expediting, date and data managementProduce daily planning scheduling/ re-scheduling/ date and data managementRelease, monitor and close work orders to support the build plan and open sales ordersGenerate purchasing requirements to ensure timely fulfillment of customer ordersGenerate, monitor, close and control production orders for machine shop.Schedule the availability of sufficient parts necessary to ensure the timely, uninterrupted flow of manufacturing processes and schedulesDevelop a plan and schedule to ensure the efficient and continual performance of manufacturing cell productionProduct Availability and Lead Time calculationKey Document control tasks:Manage the data entry, document revision and control in TECM. Assist in positioning Engineering Change Orders (ECO) with proper ECO classification and including all products affected by the changes.Responsible for reviewing MRP Item Master fields and settings, electronically filing drawings, assembly instructions and miscellaneous engineering paperwork.Collecting and maintaining files of the latest revision level documentation necessary to process initial releases, corrections, and revisions to accurately control manufacturing processes.Initiates and participates in purchasing improvement and cost reduction programsGenerate special and periodic reports as required or directedInventory Control and Inventory Planning (Safety Stock, forecast, build/order size)Vendor Relationship ManagementQualificationsExperience:Minimum of 3 years' experience as a Purchaser or Planner in amanufacturing and product development environmentMastery of ERP system (SAP, Microsoft Axapta Dynamics preferred)Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (pivot tables, formulas, v-lookups, macros)Experience working both independently and with a team in an efficient and effective mannerSense of ownership, initiative and the determination to continually improveProven record of and demonstrable both internal and external customer centricityEducation:Associates degree, Bachelor's degree preferred, in business or related field. A technical degree or equivalent experience may be substitutedAPICS certification preferredSpecialized Knowledge and Skills:Strong computer skills including Microsoft ExcelStrong Inventory planning skills (Understanding of safety stock, forecasting, and made-to-order products)Strong understanding of how a product moves through an ERP systemStrong knowledge of transaction processingQuickly resolve critical material shortagesStrong ability to understand the capacity of production teams and accurately calculate lead times and production bottlenecksStrong ability to distribute orders in a timely mannerKnowledge and understanding of BOMs and how they impact the forecast,purchase, and manufacturing requirementsUnderstanding of product pricing and the ability to analyze costs against theprofit marginStrong knowledge of supply risk analysis/contingency planningBOM generation and maintenanceVersion and Revision ControlItem & Order set-upNew product set-upAligning documentation and drawings to ordersStrong ability to manipulate and analyze dataStrong ability to build and manage all aspects of vendor relationshipsExperience in Document and Data ControlStrong math, logic and analytical skills.Other:Strong sense of ownershipStrong written and verbal communication skillsExcellent organizational skillsStrong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards.Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.Strong problem solving skillsAbility to anticipate the obstacles and contributing factors that may affect asituation.Ability to think about reasons and causes and to evaluate all factors that may affect a situation and to perform root cause analysisStrong ability to interface with Engineering, production and marketing departmentsAbility to interact with individuals at all levels of an organizationStrong conflict resolution management skills.Highly flexible and able to quickly adapt to process changes.Ability to negotiate and expedite contracts of orders as neededThorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

Keywords: Thorlabs, Sterling , Senior Purchaser Planner, Other , Sterling, Virginia

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