Senior Buyer/Planner

The Senior Buyer/Planner is responsible for all planning/procurement activities supporting production, maintaining inventory levels within the scope of business goals, developing supplier relationships, maintaining planning parameters within the ERP system and coordinating with internal departments to ensure timely production and delivery at the highest quality and lowest cost.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain uninterrupted supply of material to meet operating plan objectives (supply schedule, delivery lead times, working capital and cost goals) 
  • Execute supply replenishment (purchase orders and work orders) from system-driven requirements 
  • Coordinate with supply management on negotiating and executing supplier scheduling agreements 
  • Continuously monitor and follow up with suppliers to assure on time delivery 
  • Expedite, reschedule or change scheduled deliveries as dictated by changes in demand with the goal of continually aligning supply with demand and mitigating exposure to excess inventory and/ or shortages
  • Source new components and services from new and existing supply base
  • Audit and change planning parameters to ensure ERP data integrity
  • Communicate forecasts to vendors periodically and keep supply base abreast of changes to requirements
  • Process supplier deviation requests and obtain approvals from internal customer
  • Accurately process purchase requisitions, purchase orders, packing slips and invoices
  • Actively participate in product development process and configuration control board reviews to ensure production readiness requirements
  • Attend trade shows and visit vendors
  • Other duties as needed and assigned

Skills, Experience, Education, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, supply chain or operation management or other related discipline or equivalent combination of education/experience
  • Five years of experience in procurement/planning role with emphasis on complex high precision machined parts and electromechanical assemblies, preferably in turbomachinery and/or high-speed motor/generator production environments 
  • An understanding of material resource planning (MRP) and integrated computerized manufacturing systems (ERP)
  • Pay attention to detail to ensure specifications are being met and quality of purchases is up to standard 
  • Displaying admirable negotiating skills in order to get the best deals 
  • Demonstrating a passion for the type of products being purchased and a willingness to continuously stay up-to-date on manufacturing and commodity trends 
  • An understanding of traceability and configuration management control to assure conformance to specific customer documentation requirements 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, in oral and written form, along with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization 
  • High degree of independent judgement with minimal supervisory guidance 
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment with outstanding follow-up skills 
  • APICS certification is a plus 

Intangibles Sought:

  • Must be self-motivated and an independent worker 
  • Detail oriented with a sense of urgency on assigned tasks 
  • Decisive and able to grasp new concepts quickly 
  • Versatility- capable of strategic thinking while executing near terms goals and objectives 

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. using proper lifting techniques
  • Personal protective equipment may be required in some warehouse areas 
  • Position duties will primarily be indoors with occasional travel to nearby suppliers 


The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned, by their supervisor.  Management reserves the right to change, rescind, add or delete the duties and responsibilities of positions within this job classification at any time. 

Upwing is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation and benefits and also states that retaliation against any employee who files a complaint regarding possible violations of this policy will not be tolerated.