Western Chicago Suburbs, IL US

Position Type: Manufacturing & Operation Job Number: 3767

Job Description


Our client is a Tier One division of a Fortune 100 company. We need a hands-on buyer/planner who will be responsible for Forecast Planning, MRP, Source Selection via MSL, and PO placement directly associated with the company's needs for direct materials, services, fixed assets, and tooling. These products and services are to be secured at cost quality and at delivery competitive levels consistent with company policy and performance standards. The position is further responsible for the timely planning and scheduling of receipt and inventory control of the products and services. Weekly and monthly KPI reporting required to measure performance.


Perform demand planning duties including estimating future product demand, analyzing inventory flow, and developing forecast models.
Utilize analytical, marketing, and sales data (SIOP) of company to effectively estimate future product demands.
Propose and implement solutions to improve demand forecast accuracy.
Successfully communicate forecast and inventory estimations to management.
Conduct monthly forecast maintenance and address demand-related issues in a timely and effective manner
Initiate purchase orders and amendments for parts, services and/or special tools; arranges for submission and inspection of sample products as required; maintains close coordination with Operations to ensure timely execution of product and services sourcing activities.
Confer with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities, transportation logistics, inventory control and management; set EOQ (scale pricing) and delivery terms with guidance from Director of Supply Chain.
Analyze supplier capabilities, part characteristics, cost targets, and floor needs to determine best method for planning; Discrete, eKanban, Blanket, Expense, Consignment, or Vendor Managed.
Conduct supplier visits to strengthen Supplier relationships and facilitate resolution of production, design, quality and/or delivery problems.
Review price increases. Use sound judgement to negotiate and/or mitigate and communicate with Commodity Management for approval.
Studies market prices and trends, engineering developments, and manufacturing method improvements applicable to assigned responsibilities; advising Director of Supply Chain and Commodity Management of any opportunities.
Coordinates as appropriate quality matters and engineering changes/developments between company activities and suppliers.
Work closely with Commodity Management team to advance enterprise-wide sourcing programs as appropriate.
Follow PO approval hierarchies ensuring management is aware of financial liability.
Preparing RFQ documentation (drawings, specifications) when required.
Participate in PCR/PCN process


Bachelor’s degree in Business or Engineering. CPM, APIC’s certification desirable.
4+ years of professional procurement related experience, including international.
Experience with ERP systems; specially Operations and Supply Chain modules.
Ability to multitask, prioritize and balance workload due to high degree of time sensitive projects.
High level of interpersonal, teamwork, and negotiation skills are required.
Ability to make decisions within scope of responsibility.
Strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to influence key internal stakeholders.
High ethical standards in dealings with suppliers and employees.
Ability to plan, organize and manage simple to complex projects.
Formal Project Management training a plus
Minimal travel required


Manage Supplier Partnerships
Forecasting and Planning
Inventory Control

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