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SP Industries Inc. [PPC5026]

Job Description

SP Industries is seeking a Buyer-Planner to be responsible for creating and maintaining a valid master production schedule for materials and capacities balancing supply and demand for products against shop capacities and lead times. The Buyer-Planner will then quote, order, and deliver the requisite materials to the shop per the schedule in order to fulfill customer requirements.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Maintain the master schedule, aligned with the operating plan from the Sales and Operations Planning process, to be used for detailed production schedules used on the shop floor.
  • Coordinate and handle the flow of materials between production stages. Review production schedules and purchase orders to anticipate required materials, equipment and supplies.
  • Execute the purchasing process -source, quote, and order- and coordinate with vendors to meet production schedules while minimizing on hand inventory.
  • Manage the communication of all production commitments to the stakeholders within the sales, marketing, service, and engineering groups. Maintain all metrics for areas of responsibility.
  • Identify, negotiate, and resolve conflicts with respect to material and capacity availability and delivery commitments. Manage communications when demand cannot be met in a traditional manner and recommend alternative methods to satisfy requirements.
  • Manage capacity planning on a weekly basis; maintain and update capacity data for all critical plant resources and work centers. Work closely with the manufacturing and engineering leaders to ensure all capacity and material constraints are managed to maximize the utilization of SP manufacturing resources as cost-effectively as possible.
  • Maintain scheduling and purchasing item attributes, such as lead times, lot sizes, prices, and cycle times. Work with engineering to ensure appropriate labor, machine, and scrap standards are used in material and capacity requirement planning.
  • Create and lead material sourcing and stocking strategies for all levels of required production goods- raw, semi-finished and expensed.
  • Responsible for all associated inventory and future inventory plans for assigned manufacturing streams and providing input to management regarding long term material issues that could impact corporate decisions.
  • Manage WIP variances at the work order level and work with manufacturing, production, and stores to ensure timely and accurate material management.
  • Additional duties may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, and Certifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual should possess the minimum qualifications cited.

Education, Experience, and Work Skills
  • B.S. degree in business, management, or supply chain required. Equivalent experience and a combination of acceptable education and certifications may be accepted in lieu of a degree.
  • 2+ years of supply chain experience within an MRP environment.
  • Knowledge of operations, scheduling and purchasing procedures, MRP systems and their processes, and supply chain best practices.
  • Able to exercise discretion and independent judgment with minimal supervision.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society certification preferred.

Physical Demands

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.

  • The employee is regularly required to talk and listen.
  • The employee is regularly required to work with computerized data.
  • The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit.
  • The employee is regularly required to use normal office tools, equipment and PC's.
  • The employee is regularly required to use color vision and adjust focus between near and far objects.
  • The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee is occasionally required to transport material by hand.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are typical of those an employee might encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Work is normally performed in both the office and the shop.
  • The office environment is an interior office with air conditioning.
  • The shop contains mobile equipment, machinery, and high voltages.
  • The shop noise level is variable and may require hearing protection in some areas.
  • The shop is heated when required but many areas are not air conditioned.
  • Some shop processes use high voltage arcs or concentrated magnetic fields.

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