The Buyer is responsible for the procurement of a large variety of complex materials and services in order to effectively support the production requirements for the plant. Also responsible for assessing proper procurement methods and using lean tools to maximize supply chain while minimizing inventory and costs and supporting and promoting continuous improvement activities and cost savings opportunities.
- Ensure the availability of materials to meet production schedules. Maintain proper levels of inventory to ensure costs and delivery performance.
- Fix processes, reports, daily management boards, etc. that benefit the entire team. Analyze data and look for opportunities to make more visual, identify trends that require attention. Mine data and develop reports to help manage the department. Initiate continuous improvement activities proactively. Serve as the process owner - own, measure and improve. Develop processes for rapid outsourcing as needed by Operations for capacity relief.
- Develop expertise, train, and coach others on a wide array of issues, including Supply and Demand Analysis, Expediting, Managing Cancellation Messages, Balancing Cost with Inventory (Price Breaks), Negotiating Price and Terms, Vendor Visits, and New Exception Message Diagnostics. Teach and help others gain expertise and improve their performance. Assist in training, on-boarding, and coaching new Buyers.
- Set strategies for parts (order policy, number of vendors, vendor selection, re-order point, lot sizes). Identify stocking and ordering strategies for long lead-time components. Develop processes to reduce lead-times as necessary (Forecasting, VMI, Take or Pay…)
- Take the lead in Shortage Management. Identify parts owned, identify root cause, and implement corrective actions.
- Resolve issues pertaining to quality, expediting, receiving, and invoicing. Identify problems and recommend and/or initiate solutions without being asked. Make recommendations for process improvements.
- Maintain personal relationships with most critical vendors, promoting improved quality and cost reduction efforts. Provide vendors with regular forecasts, business conditions and critical Twin Disc initiatives. Follow-up with vendors to assure supply and demand understanding. Hold assigned vendors accountable for performance quality, delivery, and costs. Drive quality improvement and delivery improvement initiatives with vendors, as necessary.
- Create orders consistent with PFEP and provide visibility to exceptions.
Requirements & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Five + years of experience within procurement in a manufacturing environment.
- Must be able to work in the United States without corporate sponsorship now and within the future.
- APICS CPIM certification preferred.
- Knowledge of computerized inventory systems, scheduling techniques, general manufacturing, and ability to interpret drawings and prints.
- Knowledge of materials planning systems, production planning, inventory control, and stockroom operations, Kanban.